Learn to work in a Production Plant Nursery
This is a course teaches the skills for day to day work in a production nursery.
There are eleven lessons involving: The Nursery Industry – operational flow charts, nursery standards, plant variety rights, transport regulations;plant identification, nursery structures, buildings, heating & cooling systems; potting mixes, seed propagation, cutting propagation, other propagation techniques, plant nutrition, pest & disease control, other nursery tasks and marketing and sale.
- Understand plant propagation techniques and efficiency and quality control measures for the nursery.
- Understand means of identifying and naming plants through International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
- Describe pros and cons of different nursery structures and understand effective management techniques.
- Describe different types of potting mix, their uses and pros and cons.
- Discuss different sources, maintenance of genetic identity, hybridisation techniques, storage and germination; of seeds.
- Understand different means of propagating cuttings.
- Understand alternative methods of propagation and their appropriate uses.
- Discuss the importance of major and minor elements to plant health and the effect of their deficiencies upon plant nutrition.
- Understand the effects of pests and diseases on the livelihood of the nursery and the importance of good hygiene standards in their control.
- Understand different methods of controlling plant growth.
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Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up of a number of lessons or units. Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
There are 11 lessons in this course:
Introduction to the Nursery Industry
- production systems
- transport regulations
Plant Identification and Taxonomy
- systematic botany
- plant families
- leaf and flower parts
Nursery Structures and Buildings
- greenhouse management
- structures for nurseries
Potting Mixes U.C.
- soil mixes
- understanding soils
- growing media
- germination treatments
- stock plants
Other Propagation Techniques
- tissue culture
Plant Nutrition in the Nursery
- nutrition management
Pests and Diseases Control
Other Nursery Tasks
- nursery irrigation
- modifying plant growth
Marketing and Sales
- sales methods
When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.
Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)
Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.
Can I study from anywhere in the world?
We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.
Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.