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

Learn about the identification, growth and application of ferns.  In this 100 hour course we take a detailed look at the identification and culture of ferns. There is so much more than meets the eye with these wonderful prehistoric plants. This is a course for amateurs and professionals; plant collectors and breeders,nurserymen, botanists, landscapers, gardeners and horticulturists.

Course Aims:

  • Distinguish between different types of ferns in cultivation, including twenty different genera and fifty different varieties.
  • Determine critical cultural practices required to successfully grow ferns in different specified situations.
  • Determine the cultural requirements of specific fern varieties.
  • Apply various specialised techniques to the culture of ferns.
  • Prepare a planting plan for an area using ferns.


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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 8 Lessons in this course:


    • How ferns are classified scientifically
    • General characteristics of ferns (especially the fronds)
    • Broad groupings of ferns (filmy, tree, terrestrial, epiphytic and water ferns)
    • Networking contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs, etc.)
    • How to pronounce plant names.


    • How best to grow ferns
    • Conditions required
    • Planting, mulching, watering
    • Pest and disease management
    • Feeding
    • Pruning
    • Protection from wind, salt air, etc.
    • Compost making.


    • Methods of propagating ferns
    • Spore propagation
    • Division
    • Tissue culture
    • Propagation of selected varieties.

    The Most Commonly Grown Varieties

    • Maidenhairs
    • Tree ferns
    • Epiphytes – stags, elks
    • Common ground ferns

    Other Important Groups

    • Asplenium
    • Blechnum
    • Nephrolepis
    • Pteris
    • Other groups
    • Group characteristics, cultural details, propagation methods.

    Other Fern Varieties

    • Hares foot ferns
    • Bracken
    • Fans
    • Corals
    • Combs.

    Using Ferns

    • Container Growing
    • Growing in hanging baskets
    • Growing in a terrarium
    • In ground cultivation
    • Growing ferns as indoor plants
    • Competition growing and showing
    • Growing ferns for profit (to sell the plants or what they produce).

    Special Assignment: Problem-based Learning

    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.