Qualification - Associate Diploma in Horticulture VHT005

This is a comprehensive foundation for a professional career in horticulture

Prerequisites:  Anyone enrolling in this diploma is assumed to have first completed the ACS Certificate in Horticulture.

Course Structure

Course Structure of the new ACS Associate Diploma

The Associate Diploma has TWO parts to it:


Stage 1: Eight Modules

Seven of these are available either online or by Distance Education. One of these eight (Practical Horticulture I) may only be taken online

These eight modules form the Advanced Certificate in Horticulture. If you simply complete these eight modules and go no further you may attain an Advanced Certificate. Each module takes approximately 100 hours to complete, so the estimated duration for the eight modules is 800 hrs (minimum).


Stage 2: Seven Modules

All of these are available online, or by distance education. Once again, each module takes approximately 100 hours to complete, so the estimated total duration of the seven modules is 700 hours (minimum).


Duration: 1,500 hours


Associate Diploma Award Options

In order to obtain an ACS Associate Diploma in Horticulture, you need to:

  • Show proof of a prerequisite certificate (e.g. Submit a photocopy of an acceptable certificate obtained prior to these studies);
  • Satisfactorily complete all set assignments;
  • Successfully complete exams with ACS in all of the 15 modules.


ACS Advanced Certificate
If you want to achieve an ACS Advanced Certificate, you can simply complete the modules listed below and undertake an ACS practical examination in your home locality.



  • Plant Propagation I
  • Soil Management (Horticulture)
  • Botany I
  • Horticulture II
  • Practical Horticulture I
  • Planning Layout and Construction of Ornamental Gardens
  • Restoring Established Ornamental Gardens
  • Turf Care
  • Plant Selection and Establishment
  • Wholesale Nursery Management

See Advanced Certificate Outline for more details



The Advanced Certificate is considered to be the first half of this Associate Diploma; and as such you are expected to have studied everything in that course before commencing the subjects below.

To complete this you must under take all modules listed below:

  • Plant Ecology
  • Resource Management
  • Plant Breeding
  • Botany II
  • Practical Horticulture II
  • Outdoor Plant Production (Crops I)
  • Protected Plant Production




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