Practical Horticulture A (Introduction) Online Course

Practical Horticulture A (Introduction) Online Course Sale!
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

A practical approach to horticultural education.. How do you learn the practical side of horticulture by distance education? This course was developed for those people who feel that they will gain more from a course that places MOST of the learning experience on learning theory – through practice.

There are lots of practical horticultural tasks to develop your skills and knowledge covered in this course. So if you are a student that prefers practical learning, then this course is the ANSWER, and it really does work! Best taken online or by correspondence.


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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:

    Soil Analysis

    • Soil Analysis
    • Naming the Soil
    • Soil Temperature
    • Methods of Measuring pH
    • Terminology

    Seed Propagation

    • Growing Plants from Seed
    • Terminology

    Vegetative Propagation

    • The Techniques
    • Types of Cuttings
    • Terminology

    Potting up and After Care of Plants

    • Transplanting between pots
    • Stop roots growing into the soil
    • Drainage holes
    • Potting up a plant
    • Plant modification to achieve uniformity
    • Staking
    • Chemical Growth Modification


    • General Planting Considerations
    • No-Dig Garden Beds – One Method
    • Container Plants
    • Problems with Containers
    • How to Maintain Plants in Pots
    • Types of Pots
    • Bare Rooted Plants
    • Planting
    • Hints for Planting
    • Drainage
    • Improving Infiltration of Water into the Soil
    • Improving Surface Drainage after Construction
    • Provision of Sub-Surface Drains
    • Layout of Drains
    • Outlet
    • Gradients
    • Distance Between Drainage Pipes
    • Depth of Drains
    • Types of Drains
    • Laying the Drain
    • Surface Drainage
    • Some Points to Remember when Designing a Drainage System
    • Terminology

    Maintenance of Established Plants

    • Pruning in the Home Garden
    • The Basic Rules of Pruning
    • Getting Pruned
    • Selecting your Secateurs
    • Winter Pruning
    • Some Examples of Winter Pruning
    • How to Prune a Rose
    • Clean out your Dead Wood
    • Pruning in the Home Orchard
    • Terminology

    Practical Plant Identification – Woody Plants

    • Plant Names

    Pest, Disease and Weed Identification

    • Pests
    • Diseases
    • Diagnosis of Problems
    • Finding out what the problem is
    • Conducting and Inspection
    • Tell Tale Symptoms
    • Is there more than one problem?
    • Develop a Systematic Logical Approach to Inspecting the Plant
    • Conducting an Inspection
    • Diagnosis of Plant Disorders
    • Shortcuts to Problem Identification
    • Weeds
    • Common Terms

    Practical Plant Identification – Non Woody

    • Choosing the Right Lawn
    • Turf Varieties
    • Lawn Mixes
    • Bulbs
    • Indoor Plants
    • Potting

    Risk Assessment

    • Identifying Risk in the Workplace
    • Workplace Policy
    • Identifying Hazards
    • Risk Control Methods
    • Using Machines to do the Heavy Work
    • Cleaning & Sharpening Tools
    • Secateurs and Branch Pruning Tools
    • Shovels and Spades
    • Saws and Chainsaws
    • Protecting Tools from Rust
    • Maintaining Timber Handles
    • Maintaining Plastic Handles
    • Storage

    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.