Study edible herbs:
  • Learn to cook with herbs
  • Learn to identify edible herbs
  • Learn how to process and preserve edible herbs
 Learn how to identify and successfully grow dozens of common and uncommon edible herbs. Develop your skills and experience the delights of cooking adventurous new recipes with herbs. Learn drying and other methods of preserving the flavour (eg. herb oils, salts, vinegars).
Eight lessons as follows cover common and less common herbs used for cooking.




Learn about Lavender

  • Study Lavender Growing
  • Start a Lavender Farm
  • Sell Lavender Products
  • Cater to Tourists
 Lavender flowers and leaves can be used for medicinal, craft, cosmetic and even culinary purposes; and is sold as ‘bunched lavender’, stripped flowers for crafts and distilled oil – making it a profitable commodity world-wide.

Commercial lavender production is a significant industry globally; and one which like the wine industry, can offer significant rewards to anyone who approaches it in a considered and well planned way, and is able to develop and produce a competitive, quality product.

In this industry it is all about producing quality; and this course can be the first step toward a serious understanding of the commercial lavender industry.



Learn how to Start a Herb Business or Herb Farm

Be a professional herb grower - this is an intensive course of study that is designed to provide the student with a solid grounding in herb growing and the herb industry.
Half of the course deals with general herb culture, including identification, soils, mulching, feeding, watering, propagation, pest and disease control, harvest, storage, processing, companion planting, nursery management and herb farming.
The remainder of the course involves detailed studies of major groups of herbs such as: mints, thymes, lavenders, scented geraniums, garlic, roses, artemisias and parsley.


Who Should Do this Course?
If you work or hope to work in the herb industry, do not have sufficient time or money to undertake a longer course and want to keep your education broad (ie. not focused on just one type of herb); this is the best course for you!


HERBS (Basic Course) AHT108

Study and learn about herbs
A broad based six lesson course for beginners to herb growing, covering the history of herb use, herb culture, and identification of the major herbs. This course involves about 80 hours of study with an emphasis on growing and using herbs as a hobby. Thirty different herbs are studied in detail and a systematic method of identifying herbs is emphasised.



Discover How to Grow Medicinal Herbs

Medicinal herbs have been used by man for thousands of years. Even today, many societies around the world still make great use of medicinal herbs from knowledge which has been passed down from generation to generation. All plants regarded as medicinal herbs contain phytochemicals which have an effect of the body.

Build your herb knowledge

In this course you will learn what constitutes a medicinal herb, how to identify them, and how different plants and plant parts are used. You also learn about which soils are suited to growing herbs, water and fertiliser requirements, how to propagate them from seeds or cuttings, and control of pests and diseases. Cultural requirements for many of the most widely grown herbs are provided along with their uses and methods for preparing herbal remedies. 




Manage a Herb Farm
Manage a Herb Enterprise
Study Herbs and How to Run a Herb Business
This course trains people to be managers or owner operators of herb businesses, either farms, nurseries or businesses handling herb products (eg. dried or fresh produce, oils and essences, crafts, medicines). It develops the skills needed to manage a herb business, and knowledge about identification, growing, processing and marketing herbs and herb products. The 900 hr course also devotes a considerable amount of time to "getting to know" the industry, its current state and its future potential areas of opportunity.

This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.



An in-depth study of herbs - their culture, propagation and use.

If you are passionate about herbs and would like to make it your career - then this course of study will help you on your way.

This course has been operating for years and is designed for people who are involved, or wanting to become involved in the business of herbs. It covers less horticulture and focused more strongly on herbs than the Certificate in Horticulture -Herbs. This course is more appropriate for the small business operator who not only grows herbs but also harvests and value adds (eg. perhaps producing herb products).

Ideal for anyone wanting to make a serious business or career from herbs as:

  • A herb grower (producing dried herbs, herbal oils, fresh cut herbs, etc)
  • A herb manufacturer (growing and/or producing herb products -edible, culinary or aromatic)
  • A herb marketer (eg. herb shop owner, herb product distributor)
  • A herb nursery proprietor
  • A landscape designer or contractor, specialising in herb gardens

Learn from a team of international experts.

Principal: John Mason Experienced herb grower & nurseryman, author of 3 herb books,designer of dozens of herb gardens.

Tutor: Maggi Brown Renowned UK expert on organics and herbs, former education officer with Garden Organic


Tutor: Adriana Fraser - author, teaches students herb identification, culture and propagation using her extensive herb gardens.




Study the basics of horticulture and apply it to growing herbs at a professional level

A 700 hour course designed for those who work, or wish to work, in the area of growing and using herbs. 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 growing, harvesting, using, and marketing of herbs and herb products.

The Core Units are divided into the following sections:
1. Introduction to Plants -Taxonomy, plant families, pressing plants, basic botany.
2. Plant Culture -Planting, potting, plant selection, pruning, irrigation, tools and machinery.
3. Soils and Nutrition -Soil structure, chemistry, nutrition, potting media.
4. Plant Identification and Use -Seed harvesting, storage, germination treatments, cuttings, etc.
5. Pests, Diseases and Weeds -Identification and treatment (chemical and non-chemical).

Accredited through International Accreditation & Recognition Council

How this differs to the Certificate in Herbs

This course is a broader based course. It teaches you a little less about herbs and a little more about horticulture than the other certificate. For someone already working in the herb industry, the Certificate in Herbs is likely to be more relevant. If you are new to this industry, either course is good; but keep in mind that a more broad based understanding of horticulture can sometimes offer more options for employment and career development when you graduate.