If you have a passion for plants, study hydroponics and start your own business! This course is ideal for those who want to start a hydroponics business that provides services or products to hydroponic growers – including hobbyist and trade customers.
Start a Hydroponic Business is an online professional development program that will provide you with foundation skills and knowledge to advise on hydroponic supplies and provide support for the successful culture of plants.
Throughout this hydroponic course, you will learn about the nature and scope of hydroponic systems, from plant nutrition requirements to nutrient solutions, climate control and vital equipment.
You will also develop methods to maintain system and plant health, including controlling pests and diseases, plant deficiencies, toxicities and system pH levels.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to advise customers on buying hydroponic supplies and provide support for the successful culture of plants.
Unit - Hydroponic Supply and Consultancy
Unit 1 – Hydroponics – nature and scope
Introduction to hydroponics
What’s needed in hydroponics?
Advantages of hydroponics
Basic system components
Hydroponics system ( 6 types)
Hydroponics – a global industry in the 21st century
Hydroponics – is it as good as growing plants in the soil?
Building a client / supplier list
International society for soil-less culture
Suppliers in Australia
Suppliers in USA, UK and Europe
Suggested further reading and websites
Unit 2 – Types of hydroponic systems
Hydroponics system components
The container or grow bed
Watering/nutrient application equipment
Trellising and root media
Two simple hydroponic systems
Types of hydroponic systems
A horizontal rectangular plane
DFT (deep flow technique)
Pond, raft, float or raceway systems
Aggregate or media culture
Advantages and advantages of rockwool
Limitations in the use of rockwool
Historic, hobby and lesser used systems
Methods of solution dispensation
Drip irrigation systems
Sub irrigation and ebb and flow systems
Organic soil-less mixes
Unit 3 – Introduction to plant nutrition and understanding nutrient labels
Plant growth factors
How plants grow
The structure of a plant
Roots, stems and leaves
Mechanisms of nutrient uptake
Plant nutrients for growth
Macronutrients (major elements)
Micronutrients (minor elements)
The role of pH in plant growth
What is pH?
Understanding hydroponic nutrient formulae
Writing chemical names
What does a plant need?
Example nutrient formula table
Symptoms of nutrient deficiency
Summary of fertilisers used in hydroponic nutrients
Unit 4 – Introduction to growing media
NFT system choices
Types of media (for aggregate culture)
Sand, gravel, perlite
Pumice and scoria
Coir fibre (coconut fibre)
Unit 5 – Basic hydroponic systems and components
Choosing the right sized system
Materials for NFT systems
NFT channel size and solution volume
NFT channel slope
NFT delivery and drainage
Materials for substrate systems
Pumps and pipes
Specific materials for use with aggregate systems
Sand and gravel aggregates
Materials for use with rockwool
Materials for use with sawdust
Unit 6 – Nutrition management
Key to growing plants successfully
Fertiliser salts for formulations
Nutrient formulation stock solutions
Formulas for different systems
Stage of growth
Making up hydroponic stock solutions from fertiliser salts
Adjusting nutrient solutions using electrical conductivity measurements
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.