Plant Protection Online Course

Plant Protection Online Course Sale!
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Learn different methods of plant protection:

  • Sanitation – maintaining good hygiene
  • Physical control methods e.g. mowing, slashing, burning, flooding, hand removal, physical barriers (ie. netting, fences), etc.
  • Using plant varieties that are resistant to pests and diseases
  • Biological controls
  • Chemical controls (artificial and naturally derived).
  • Soil drenches/dips

Course Aims:

  • Identify the broad category which a plant health problem belongs to.
  • Explain a range of methods for controlling plant problems.
  • Select appropriate chemical pesticides for different problems.
  • Identify the symptoms of different plant diseases, including most common and some uncommon problems, in your locality.
  • Develop procedures to control specific plant diseases.
  • Identify different insects, including significant taxonomic orders, common pest species, and some less common pest species
  • Determine appropriate methods to control different types of insects.
  • Identify different non-insect pests found in the learner’s locality.
  • Determine appropriate control methods for different non-insect pests.
  • Identify different non-insect pests found in the learner’s locality.
  • Determine appropriate control methods for different non-insect pests.
  • Manage the control of different types of weed problems.


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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 10 Lessons in this course:


    • Naming of Weeds (Nomenclature)
    • Pests and Diseases
    • Common Terms
    • Diagnosing Problems
    • Symptoms of Diseases
    • Conducting an Inspection
    • Shortcuts to Problem Identification

    Control Techniques

    • The Main Ways of Controlling Pests
    • Non-chemical Pest Control Methods
    • Government Quarantine Laws
    • Labels
    • Biological Control
    • Soil Treatment to Control Plant Diseases
    • Sprayer Maintenance and Cleaning
    • Mister/Duster Blowers
    • What Damage is being done to the Environment?
    • Rules for Handling Pesticides
    • Basic First-aid in Relation to Chemicals
    • Natural Pest and Disease Control
    • Plant Protection Techniques
    • Integrated Pest Management System
    • Safety Procedures when using Agricultural Chemicals


    • Insecticides
    • Chemical Pesticides
    • Definition of Terms
    • Effects of Chemicals on Humans and Animals
    • Keeping Records
    • Spray Programs
    • Which chemicals can be mixed together? (Incompatible chemicals, MSDS Relevance)

    Identifying Diseases

    • Morphological Symptoms
    • Types of Pathogens
    • Disease Life cycles
    • Techniques for Diagnosis of Plant Diseases
    • Plant Viruses
    • Virus Control
    • Fungus Biology
    • The Process of Tree Decay
    • Common Diseases: A-Z
    • Turf Diseases

    Disease Control

    • Life cycle of a Disease
    • Systemic Fungecides
    • Fongarid
    • Sclerotinia Rot on Vegetables
    • Non-Parasitic Problems with Turf
    • The Plant and Water
    • Citrus Virus Diseases

    Insect Classification and Biology

    • Insect Biology
    • Insect Classification
    • Feeding Habits

    Insect Control

    • Applied Insect Control
    • Technical Information on Rogor
    • Insect Pests on Fruit Trees
    • Dutch Elm Beetle and Fungus

    Other Pests - nematodes, snails, millipedes

    • Plant Nematodes
    • Nematodes and Citrus Production
    • Red Spider Mites
    • Millipeded
    • Slater or Wood Lice
    • Snails and Slugs

    Weed Identification and Chemical control

    • Common Groups of Weeds
    • Encyclopedia of Common Weeds (A-Z)
    • Identifying Weeds

    Non-chemical Weed Control

    • Weeds in Turf
    • Some Turf Weedicides (Herbicides)
    • MCPA
    • Laws in Relation to Chemical Use
    • Weeds in Nurseries
    • Herbicide Classification: Groups 1-14
    • Weed Control and Identification of Weeds
    • Profiles of some common weeds

    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.

    Course Tutor(s)

    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.