advanced certificate in applied mangement (horticultural technology)

Hydroculture is an exciting area of horticulture using specialist crop cultivation techniques. This comprehensive and challenging course covers broad general management skills along with hydroponic growing.

This 900 hour course is for managers and supervisors in hydroculture cultivation. It consists of 8 modules plus a 200 hr workplace project.

It has been written by leading internation experts in the field to train managers of horticultural operations which utilise an advanced level of technology.

There are 5 core units common to all variants of the Advanced Certificate in Applied Management and three specialist units of study relating to the selection and culture of plants, with an emphasis on trees. The core studies cover communications office practices, business operations, management and marketing.

The Garden Design Academy is run by experienced horticulturalists passionate about passing on their knowledge to a new generation. It draws on decades of industry experience to offer a range of courses tailored to the needs of the modern professional.

The course develops the knowledge and skills needed to work as a manager or supervisor in the hydroculture and high-tech horticultural industries and provides essential background training in management.

The Advanced Certificate requires successful completion of each of the following 8 modules. It consists of three parts, including the following modules:

Part 1 (Core units):

  • Communications
  • Office Practices
  • Business Operations
  • Management
  • Marketing Foundations.

Part 2 (Industry specific):


There are ten lessons as follows:

1. Introduction

2. How a Plant Grows

3. Hydroponic Systems

4. Nutrition & Nutrition management

5. Plant Culture

6. Hydroponic Vegetable Production

7. Hydroponic Cut Flower Production

8. Solid Media vs Nutrient Film

9. Greenhouse Operation & Management

10. Special Assignment


There are eleven lessons in this module as follows:

1.  How the Crop Plant Grows: Understanding how a plant grows in hydroponics, plant growth factors, manipulating and controlling growth, plant troubleshooting, resources, fruit set management, pollination issues, flower initiation, flower and fruit development etc.

2.  How to Run a Small Evaluation Trial

3.  Harvest and Post Harvest

4.  Tomatoes

5.  Capsicum

6.  Lettuce, Salad Greens and Foliage Herb Crops

7.  Cucurbits (Cucumber and Melons)

8.  Strawberries

9.  Roses

10. Carnations

11. Orchids


There are seven lessons in this module as follows:

1.   Structures for Protected Cropping

2.   Environmental Control

3.   Cladding Materials and their Properties

4.   Irrigation and Nutrition

5.   Relationship between Production techniques and Horticultural practices

6.   Harvest and Post Harvest Technology

7.   Risk Assessment


This is the final requirement that you must satisfy before receiving your award.

Here are two options available to you to satisfy this requirement:

Alternative 1.

If you work in the industry that you have been studying you may submit a reference from your employer, in an effort to satisfy this industry (ie. workplace project) requirement. This would be accepted on the basis of RPL (recognition of prior learning), achieved through your current and past work experience.

The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility.

Alternative 2.

If you do not work in the relevant industry, you need to undertake a project as follows.

Procedure for a Workplace Project

This project is a major part of the course involving the number of hours relevant to the course (see above). Although the course does not contain mandatory work requirements, work experience is seen as highly desirable.

The project is based on applications in the work place and specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study.

Students will design the project in consultation with his tutor to involve industry based activities in the area of specialized study which they select to follow in the course. The project outcomes may take the form of a written report, folio, visuals or a mixture of presentation types.

As this course involves projects of more than 100 hours, more than one workplace project topic may be selected. For example, the 200 hours may be split into two projects each of 100 hours. This will offer the student better scope to fulfill the needs of their course and to meet the number of hours required. Alternatively, the student may wish to do one large project with a duration of 200 hours.

Students will be assessed on how well they achieve the goals and outcomes they originally set as part of their negotiations with their tutor. During each 100 hours of the project, the students will present three short progress reports. These progress reports will be taken into account when evaluating the final submission. The tutor must be satisfied that the work submitted is original.

If the student wishes to do one large 200 hour report, then only three progressive reports will be needed (however the length of each report will be longer).

Working with Colin Elliott, an experienced professional horticulturist with extensive industry experience, this courses is your route to a successful furture in hydroculture cultivation at a management level.

Advanced Certificate in Apllied Management (Horticultural Technology)

Course cost: £ 1,650 (single payment)

OR 2 payments of £ 880

OR 3 payments of £ 635

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