Want to specialise in plant pests and diseases and learn how to manage them?

Plant protection is about using a variety of methods to protect plants from diseases and pests and keep them healthy. Choosing the right methods available and using those that have a low environmental impact wherever possible is part of that process.
You can use this knowledge to work in nurseries, for local government, in gardens in fact anywhere that needs plant protection methods.
This 600-hour certificate provides training in the identification and management area of plant protection. This course is similar to other VHT002 horticulture certificates in its introductory (core) units, but devotes 50% of the course to topics specifically related to plant protection.  Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council

The Certificate in Horticulture (plant protection) is a vocationally oriented and accredited course comprising both studies in both general horticulture and in plant protection.



Certificate in Horticulture involves the areas of work:


CORE STUDIES - involves at least 350 hours, divided into 15 lessons, approx. half of the course.

STREAM STUDIES - a further 350 hrs of study specifically relating to plant protection

Duration (approx)    600 - 700 hours

Stream Plant protection consists of:

  1. Diagnosing Problems
  2. Pest & Disease Problems
  3. Nutrient & Environmental Problems
  4. Pest Collection
  5. Natural vs Chemical Controls
  6. Integrated Pest Management
  7. Application Equipment
  8. Pesticide Grouping
  9. Chemical Terminology
  10. Pesticide Timing
  11. Pesticide Dynamics
  12. Controlling Pests
  13. Controlling Diseases
  14. Controlling Pests & Diseases In Nurseries
  15. Controlling Other Factors


There are many positions where an understanding of plants and the stresses they face is of value. Like people, if plants are neglected, their health can quickly decline. Through completing this certificate course you will equip yourself with a solid foundation in recognising signs and symptoms of plant pest and disease problems, nutritional deficiencies, and environmental stressors, and be able to formulate appropriate interventions and treatment plans. It may also suit those in positions where they are called upon to advise others.

This course will be of particular value to people working in or wishing to work in:

  • Public parks
  • Public gardens
  • Botanic gardens
  • Garden maintenance
  • Nursery work
  • Retail nurseries
  • Garden centres

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