certificate in horticulture: crops

A distance learning programme providing effective training for those working or wishing to work in nurseries, orchards or market gardens. Diversity is the key to success in crop production and employers seek people with broad skills and knowledge.

We run a number of different Certificates in Horticulture, all with the same essential horticultural science modules but each with lessons aimed at a particular industry sector. They form an excellent basis for the education of our future experts and professionals.

This course does that as well as giving you the confidence to make decisions in the field. This is more than most certificates offered by others - at certificate level most courses will allow you, on completion, to 'work under supervision'. Our 'problem based learning' style gives you the edge - it gives you the ability to make informed decisions - drawing on the skills and knowledge gained throughout the course.

This provides you with far more opportunities for advancement than other courses on offer at this level will.

The Garden Design Academy Certificate in Horticulture (Crops) provides approximately 700 hours of study in 18 modules, 3 of which are specific to crop production and written to RHS Diploma level.

Working with Colin Elliott, an experienced professional hoticulturist, this CD-based course provides the information you need to make the jump into a career in crop production horticulture.

The 18 lessons are outlined as follows:

Core subjects:

  1. Introduction To Plants
  2. Parts of the Plant
  3. Plant Culture - Planting
  4. Plant Culture - Pruning
  5. Plant Culture - Irrigation and Machinery 1
  6. Soils and Media
  7. Soils and Nutrition
  8. Seeds and Cuttings
  9. Other Techniques
  10. ID and Use of Plants - Landscape Application
  11. ID and Use of Plants - Problems
  12. ID and Use of Plants - Indoor/tropical plants
  13. Pests
  14. Diseases
  15. Weeds

Crop specific units:

1. Outdoor Plant Production

  • Crop Production Systems
  • Organic Crop Production
  • Soils and Nutrition
  • Nursery Stock Production
  • Tree Fruit Production
  • Soft Fruits Production
  • Vegetable Production
  • Cut Flower Production
  • Herbs, Nuts and Miscellaneous Crops
  • Crop Production Risk Assessment

2. Protected Plant Production

  • Structures For Protected Cropping
  • Environmental Control
  • Cladding Materials And Their Properties
  • Irrigation
  • Nursery Nutrition
  • Relationship Between Production Techniques And Horticultural Practices
  • Horticultural Management In A Greenhouse: Pests And Diseases
  • Harvest & Post Harvest Technology
  • Greenhouse Plants
  • Risk Assessment

3. Choose from any o the following courses:

  • Cut Flower Production
  • Fruit Production
  • Commercial Vegetable Production
  • Nut Production
  • Mushroom Production
  • Berry Fruit Production
  • Viticulture

Each lesson ends with assignments to test your knowledge and reinforce your learning; these are sent to your tutor at the Garden Design Academy for marking and comments.

A excellent and comprehesive course of study from the Garden Design Academy for those serious about progressing in horticultural crop production.


Course cost: £ 1,200 (single payment)

OR 2 payments of £ 640

OR 4 payments of £345

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