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Hydroponics 400 Hours Advanced Certificate Course

Price: £1,300.00Course Code: VHT032
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( JC Muller, 28/07/2017 ) Q:

Hello, what is the course duration? It does not say if I have a year or two years or whatever the timeline there is no timeline given. Also, where does exams take place in the UK, in Netherlands, in Namibia so online or physical test centre. Is it safe to assume there are 4 modules so 4 exams? Or are there an exam for each lesson? Another question, last one, will course materials still be available after I have written the exams or is access limited with a time line as well? If you can please let me know and thank you in advance.

( 31/07/2017 ) A:

Hello and thank you for getting in touch with us.

There are no deadlines with our courses. The course hours given on the course as a guide only is 400, but all students are encouraged to work at their own pace, in order to learn as much as they can. There is an exam at the end of each module, so your assumption of there being four is correct. Examinations are taken at a time and place chosen by you and agreed with us. They do not have to be taken at a physical test centre and they can be taken in your own country.

You will have access to your course after completion, although it is worth noting that because the material is in a pdf. format, you can download everything and save it to a USB or on your computer.

We hope that this answers your questions and please come back to us if you need any more information.

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Hydroponics 400 Hours Advanced Certificate Course

Advanced Certificate in Hydroponics course online. Understand how to grow plants without soil. This course provides an understanding of modern technology and its application to growing plants, with emphasis on hydroponic production.

This course comes with a complimentary copy of Commercial Hydroponics, as some of the lessons involve set reading from this EBook

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Learning Goals: Advanced Certificate in Hydroponics VHT032
  • Discuss the nature and scope of hydroponics systems
  • Describe how plants grow and their nutrient requirements in a hydroponic system
  • Compare a range of hydroponic systems
  • Explain the basic management of nutrient solutions in a hydroponic system
  • Understand the horticultural techniques used to maximise cropping in hydroponics, including treatment of plant disorders and the implementation of production schedules
  • The ability to produce a hydroponic vegetable crop
  • Understand the methods used to produce a cut flower crop hydroponically
  • Compare growing media and systems and understand the differences
  • Understand the operations and management of a greenhouse and hydroponic system
  • Plan a hydroponic enterprise
  • Determine and explain factors that influence the growth of a crop.
  • Design and conduct a trial to evaluate the commercial prospect of growing a chosen  hydroponic crop    
  • Determine appropriate harvest and post harvest treatments for different types of hydroponic crops.
  • Determine an appropriate procedure for hydroponic production of a commercial tomato crop in any given location.
  • Determine an appropriate procedure for hydroponic production of a commercial capsicum crop in any given location.
  • Determine an appropriate procedure for hydroponic production of a commercial Lettuce,  Salad Greens and Foliage Herb Crops in any given location.
  • Determine an appropriate procedure for hydroponic production of a commercial cucurbit crop in any given location.
  • Determine an appropriate procedure for hydroponic production of a commercial strawberry crop in any given location.
  • Determine an appropriate procedure for hydroponic production of a commercial cut flower rose crop in any given location.
  • Determine an appropriate procedure for hydroponic production of a commercial cut flower carnation crop in any given location.
  • Determine an appropriate procedure for hydroponic production of a commercial cut flower Orchid crop in any given location.
  • Describe different approaches to cultural operations in hydroponics and demonstrate awareness of the similarities and differences between organic and hydroponic produce and techniques.
  • Describe how to plan a hydroponic operation through site and crop selection, matching a system with a crop, materials, resources and services required, and site layout; for different specific crops
  • Discuss system design components such as pumps, NFT channels, grow beds, solution tanks, media, pipes and irrigation fittings in terms of size, type, and material options, for different systems and specific crops
  • Provide details of how to manage a hydroponic system in hot, humid conditions such as in tropical or subtropical areas or in summer in temperate areas, for different specific crops
  • Explain options for water management such as water sources, quality, testing, treatments, and use in recirculating and non-recirculating systems
  • Explain and recommend different types of nutrient formulations, and advanced methods of detecting toxicities and deficiencies for different specific crops
  • Recommend methods of controlling nutrient level concentrations through taking EC, pH and temperature measurements; and maintaining nutrient levels for different specific crops
  • Recommend awareness of natural and other methods of pest and disease control such as biological controls as part of IPM and nutrient and pH manipulation for different pests and diseases
  • Explain the role of marketing in business and the importance of marketing in the business plan.
  • Assess the relative importance of marketing planning and to determine marketing strategies in relation to farming.
  • Identify target markets to select suitable marketing methods.
  • Explain the physical handling of products in the marketing process, including packaging, labelling, presentation and transportation.
  • Plan to maintain sound customer relations in an agricultural business.
  • Conduct market research into a product or service in the agricultural industry.
  • Plan to manage the promotional program for an agricultural business.
  • Develop strategies to manage the marketing of an agricultural enterprise


Lesson Structure: Advanced Certificate in Hydroponics VHT032

You will need to complete the following four modules:

1  Hydroponics l

There are 10 lessons

  1. Introduction
  2. How a Plant Grows
  3. Hydroponic Systems
  4. Nutrition & Nutrition management
  5. Plant Culture
  6. Hydroponic Vegetable Production
  7. Hydroponic Cut Flower Production
  8. Solid Media vs Nutrient Film
  9. Greenhouse Operation & Management
  10. Special Assignment

2  Hydroponic Management (Hydroponics II)

There are 11 lessons

  1. How the Crop Plant Grows
  2. How to Run a Small Evaluation Trial
  3. Harvest and Post Harvest
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Capsicum
  6. Lettuce, Salad Greens and Foliage Herb Crops
  7. Cucurbits (Cucumber and Melons)
  8. Strawberries
  9. Roses
  10. Carnations
  11. Orchids

3  Hydroponics lll

There are 8 lessons

  1. Options for Managing Plant Culture
  2. Planning a Hydroponic Operation
  3. System Design Components
  4. Managing a Hydroponic System in Hot, Humid Conditions
  5. Water Management
  6. Nutrient Formulation
  7. Controlling Nutrient Levels
  8. Pest & Disease Control

4  Agricultural Marketing

There are 8 lessons

  1. Agricultural Marketing Concepts
  2. Farm Marketing Objectives and Strategies
  3. Target Marketing
  4. Market Segmentation
  5. Customer Relations
  6. Market Research
  7. Promotions
  8. Managing Marketing

Note:  Each module in this Advanced Certificate is a certificate in its own right, and may be studied separately for £325.00 and broken up into 2 monthly payments. Click on the course links to see a breakdown of what each lesson in a module will teach you.


The quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 
Yellow rosesSusan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction. 
Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.
Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
Steven Whitaker course tutorSteven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 


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How Do Our Tuition Fees Compare?Full time classroom based Further Education Courses - Approx. £5,000 per year - Part-time classroom based Adult Education Courses - Approx. £7.00 per hour - N.B. classroom tuition means you learn at the pace of the class. One-to-one private tuition - from £15.00 per hour - ADL one-to-one tution fees - From £340 per 100 Hour Course = Average of £3.40 per hour - N.B. one-to-one tuition is tailored to your own individual learning availability and pace.
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Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments and final evaluation per course/module to be taken.
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final evaluation.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 40 - U.S. Credit Hours: 12 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and DeadlinesCourse hours given are a guide only. You will be encouraged to work at your own pace to learn as much as you can, with no assignment deadlines or end date by which you must complete your course by. You are in control!
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