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Crops (Horticulture) 400 Hours Advanced Certificate Course
Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Crops) course online. Understand the basics of crop production. A course for people working, or intending to work, in orchards or market gardens. 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 crop production.
Learning Goals: Advanced Certificate In Horticulture (Crops) VHT002.HOR
- Explain different cropping systems and their appropriate application for the production of different types of crops.
- Evaluate and explain organic plant production, and the requirements in at least two different countries, to achieve organic certification.
- Explain the function of soils and plant nutrition in outdoor cropping systems.
- Describe the commercial production of a range of nursery stock.
- Describe the commercial production of a range of tree fruit crops.
- Explain techniques used to produce a range of soft fruits.
- Explain techniques used to grow a range of vegetables.
- Explain the commercial production of outdoor-grown cut flowers.
- Describe the commercial production of herbs, nuts and other miscellaneous crops.
- Identify the risks that may occur in outdoor crop production.
- Describe and Evaluate the type and shape of modern growing structures.
- Describe and evaluate environmental controls in protected cropping.
- Explain the nature of solar radiation, transmission properties of glass and its substitutes.
- Determine the water requirements of a crop; and methods of irrigation.
- Relate horticultural principles to the production and harvesting of a range of crops.
- Evaluate the factors involved in marketing protected crops.
- Evaluate the factors involved in marketing protected crops.
- Undertake risk assessment for a protected crop.
- Describe the relevant identifying physical features of flowering ornamental plants.
- Demonstrate how to use prescribed reference books and other resources to gain relevant information.
- Dissect, draw and label two different flowers.
- Collect and identify the shapes of different leaves.
- Demonstrate how to identify between family, genus, species, variety and cultivar.
- Describe how to prune different plants.
- Demonstrate how to cut wood correctly, on the correct angle and section of the stem.
- Describe how to plant a plant.
- Demonstrate an awareness of different irrigation equipment, sprinklers, pumps and turf systems available by listing their comparative advantages and disadvantages.
- Demonstrate competence in selecting an appropriate irrigation system for a garden, explaining the reasons why that system would be preferred.
- Define water pressure and flow rate and how to calculate each.
- Explain the need for regular maintenance of garden tools and equipment.
- List factors that should be considered when comparing different types of machinery for use in garden maintenance.
- Describe the soil types commonly found in plant culture in terms of texture, structure and water holding and nutrient holding capacity.
- Describe methods of improving soil structure, infiltration rate, water holding capacity, drainage and aeration.
- List the elements essential for plant growth.
- Diagnose the major nutrient deficiencies that occur in ornamental plants and prescribe treatment practices.
- Describe soil pH and its importance in plant nutrition.
- Describe the process by which salting occurs and how to minimise its effect.
- Conduct simple inexpensive tests on three different potting mixes and report accordingly.
- Describe suitable soil mixes for container growing of five different types of plants.
- List a range of both natural and artificial fertilizers.
- Describe fertilizer programs to be used in five different situations with ornamental plants.
- Demonstrate propagation of six (6) different plants by cuttings and three from seed.
- Construct a simple inexpensive cold frame.
- Mix and use a propagation media suited to propagating both seed and cuttings.
- Describe the method and time of year used to propagate different plant varieties.
- Describe and demonstrate the steps in preparing and executing a variety of grafts and one budding technique.
- Explain the reasons why budding or grafting are sometimes preferred propagation methods.
- Explain in general terms the principles of pest, disease and weed control and the ecological (biological) approach to such control.
- Explain the host-pathogen-environment concept.
- Describe a variety of pesticides for control of pests, diseases and weeds of ornamental plants in terms of their active constituents, application methods, timing and rates, and safety procedures.
- Photograph or prepare specimens, identify and recommend control practices for at least five insect pests of ornamental plants.
- Photograph, sketch or prepare samples, identify and recommend control practices for three non-insect ornamental plant health problems (e.g. fungal, viral, bacterial).
- Describe the major ways in which diseases (fungal, viral, bacterial and nematode) affect turf, the life cycle features that cause them to become a serious problem to turf culture and the methods available for their control.
- Identify, describe and recommend treatment for three different weed problems.
- Collect, press, mount and identify a collection of ten different weeds, and recommend chemical and non-chemical treatments which may be used to control each.
- List and compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of different weed control methods.
Course Structure: Advanced Certificate In Horticulture (Crops) VHT002.HOR
- 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
- Structures for Protected Cropping
- Environmental Control
- Cladding Materials and their Properties
- Irrigation and Nutrition
- Relationship between Production techniques and Horticultural practices
- Harvest and Post Harvest Technology
- Risk Assessment
Elective Modules: Choose any 2 modules from the courses listed below:
- Introduction to Cut Flower Production
- Soils & Nutrition
- Cultural Practices
- Flower Initiation & Development
- Pest & Disease Control
- Australian Natives & Related Plants
- Greenhouse Culture
- Harvest & Post Harvest
- Developing A Production Plan
- Export Marketing
- Introduction to Temperate Fruit Growing
- Establishing an Orchard
- General Cultural Practices
- Tree Fruits
- Vines, Nuts & Berries
- Cultural Management of a Fruit Plantation or Orchard
- Marketing Your Produce
- Introduction to Vegetable Growing
- Cultural Practices for Vegetables
- Pest, Disease & Weed Control
- Hydroponic & Greenhouse Growing
- Growing Selected Vegetable Varirties
- Harvest & Post-Harvest
- Marketing Vegetables
- The Most Commonly Grown Varieties
- Culture of Nuts
- Less Common Nuts
- Harvest and Post-harvest of Nuts
- Marketing Nuts
- Workplace Health, Safety and Risk Management
- Special Assignment
- Mushroom Culture
- Spawn Production & Spawning
- Making & Casing Beds
- Growing Conditions for Mushrooms
- Growing Mushrooms Outside (Pest and Disease Management)
- Harvesting, Storing & Using Mushrooms
- Special Assignment - Marketing of Mushrooms
- Which Varieties to Grow
- Lesser Grown Varieties of Berry Plants
- Weed Control & Irrigation
- Harvesting & Marketing Berries
- Commercial Berry Growing
- Climate & Soils
- Selecting Grape Varieties
- Vineyard Establishment
- Grapevine Culture Part A (Training & Pruning)
- Grapevine Culture Part B (Weeds, Pests & Diseases)
- Grapevine Culture Part C (Irrigation & Feeding)
- Improving Grape Quality
- Harvesting & Selling
Note: each module in this Advanced Certificate is a certificate in its own right, and may be studied separately. Click on the course links to see a breakdown of what each lesson in a module will teach you.
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Crops (Horticulture) 400 Hours Advanced Certificate Course
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