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Applied Garden Centre and Nursery Management 600 Hours Diploma

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Applied Garden Centre and Nursery Management 600 Hours Diploma

Diploma in Applied Management (Garden Centre and Nursery) course online. Learn the skills necessary to manage a retail  garden centre or nursery. This course develops both skills required to manage a retail business and knowledge in identification, care and handling of plants and other products sold in garden centres and nurseries. It is aimed at those with one year's experience in a horticultural related industry, wanting to step up to assistant manager, deputy manager and manager positions.

Among other attributes, most positions for garden centre and nursery assistant managers and managers will ask for the following:

  • 1 to 2 years horticultural experience
  • Supervisory experience and/or a qualification in a horticultural subject
  • Good plant knowledge
  • Excellent people skills and the ability to motivate others
  • Accomplished communication and customer service expertise
  • The ability to display and merchandise products
  • Competence to create a safe working environment for staff and to ensure they adhere to health and safety laws

Applications for managerial positions in garden centres and nurseries are likely to be very competitive. Many job applicants will have many of the required attributes, so how can an employer differentiate between one interviewee and another? The answer is that they will test the depth of each applicant's knowledge and transferable skills against what they need. By completing this Diploma in Applied Management for Garden Centres and Nurseries, developed and improved over 25+ years, you can stand head and shoulders above the competition. Not only will you be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of garden centre or nursery management or both, you will also be showing a potential employer that you have taken control of your own professional development, to achieve your career goals.

There are two core (compulsory) modules in this online course, studied via distance learning, followed by a choice between Garden Centre Management and Wholesale Nursery. Finally, there are three elective modules, chosen to best suit your educational needs and requirements. For those who would like to study both Garden Centre Management and Wholesale Nursery Management, you can also choose the one not taken as your selective option as an elective module.



Lesson Structure:  Diploma In Applied Management (Garden Centre and Nursery) VBS001

Core Modules: Both modules to be completed

1  Business Operations Management I BHT326

  • Your ability to manage a business can make a huge difference to your success in horticulture. In this course, you will learn to the business side of horticulture, including how to plan and implement effective strategies for your business and/or services. This is a module in the Royal Horticultural Society’s Master of Horticulture. More....

2  Horticulture I BHT101

  • Apply horticultural basics to all situations. Gain a broad technical grounding in horticultural principles and practice. The ideal course for the beginner, this is a basic, yet thoroughly practical course. Each lesson involves plant identification. This module has been written to teach horticulture in a way relevant to all parts of the world. It puts aside regional techniques, and tries to teach you principles and concepts which can be applied to anywhere. More....

Selective Modules: Choose either option 1 or option 2

Option 1:

1  Garden Centre and Retail Nursery Management BHT213

  • Achieve excellence in your garden centre! Designed in 1986, in conjunction with the state garden department manager of a major retail chain store; this course has been very successful in training both staff and managers of retail nurseries and garden centres. It was thoroughly updated recently by horticultural professionals in both Australia and the U.K. to be relevant to countries around the world. More....

Option 2:

1  Wholesale Nursery Management BHT212

  • Learn to produce great plants in a commercially successful way. Managing a production nursery involves more than just propagating and potting up plants. Even the small nursery must be able to not only produce plants, but do it at a predetermined cost, then sustain those plants before and during marketing. More....


Elective Modules: Three to be completed

1  Communication VWR100

  • Learn to communicate successfully! This course improves your ability to communicate in all situations. You learn to write and speak more fluently. Behaviour, visual communications, language, public speaking, conducting meetings, writing letters and reports, communications technology, and lots more are covered. More....

2  Garden Centre and Retail Nursery Management BHT213

  • Achieve excellence in your garden centre! Designed in 1986, in conjunction with the state garden department manager of a major retail chain store; this course has been very successful in training both staff and managers of retail nurseries and garden centres. It was thoroughly updated recently by horticultural professionals in both Australia and the U.K. to be relevant to countries around the world. More....

3  Horticulture II BHT102

  • Extend your horticultural knowledge! Learn to identify, care and use of plants in a systematic way. Plant knowledge learnt here is in high demand in the horticulture industry. It is something prized by employers, but all too often minimized in modern courses due to financial constraints. More....

4  Horticulture III (Plant Health) BHT103

  • Achieve high standards of plant health! Learn with this practical course to identify and control pest and diseases in plants, to maintain high standards of plant health, in your business or at home. Develop with this course a deep understanding of plant health, the systematic identification of health problems in plants and the techniques for control of those problems. More....

5  Horticulture Business Operational Management II BHT327

  • The ability to manage staff is pivotal in any enterprise (commercial or public); and in a society where law is becoming increasingly complex; the modern horticultural manager also needs to have a firm understanding of basic legal practice. This course focuses on building your capacity to manage staff and legal aspects within the horticultural enterprise. You'll learn the to study the Legal, Contractual and Staff Management necessary for the successful running of a Horticultural Enterprise. More....

6  Horticultural Marketing BHT304

  • Understand marketing in the horticultural industry. In any business, including horticulture, success depends upon good marketing of your product. This subject covers the theoretical and practical importance of marketing in the horticultural industry, including topics such as advertising, promotions, signs, customer relations, pricing strategy, labeling, transport, product presentation, etc. More....

7  Horticultural Resource Management BHT203

  • Understand and manage a horticultural business or enterprise. Help your business thrive with this home study resource management course! Resource management for successful horticulture businesses. Planning for efficient and economical management in horticulture includes such things as work procedures and programming, budgeting and staff supervision. More....

8  Hydroponic Supply & Consultancy - An Introduction

  • This Hydroponic course is suitable for: hydroponic shop managers and staff and hydroponic equipment and materials manufacturers and suppliers. For garden centre and nursery managers, it represents an opportunity to gain knowledge in a growth industry, which could help drive sales up. More....

9  Industrial Psychology BPS103

  • Understand how psychology works in industry. By understanding the thought processes that take place in the minds of people at work, a manager or supervisor can develop empathy for their staff, and apply this empathy to the way they manage the workplace. Learn about: workplace conditions, effects of management, motivation and incentives, social effects, psychological conditions, recruitment etc. More....

10 Leadership BBS110 CLD

  • Develop and expand your leadership skills! Leadership skills are needed in all facets of our society: business, politics, religion, youth services, and leisure industries, to mention only some. This new course is relevant to all of those areas, developing your understanding of, and capacity to apply leadership skills. More....

11 Management VBS105

  • Online course for Managers. this course will help you develop the skills necessary to be a manager. Explore theories and procedures, problem solving and decision making tactics.Study staff management, organisation management, ethics etc. Developed by professionals with substantial industry experience, this is the perfect foundation for any successful career in private or public enterprise. More....

12 Motivation VBS111

  • Learn to understand what motivates and drives people in any area of life. A motivated person works better, lives a more satisfied lfe and are generally healthier and happier. The same applies to a Motivated employees who drive the success of a business. Learn how to get the best of employees by understanding more about this fascinating subject. More....

13 Sales Management BBS102 CLD

  • This course will take you from developing a strong personality (confidence and knowledge) through to communication, marketing, dealing with upper management, getting to know your product, the A B C of selling, the opening and closing or a sale, stress management, how to increase your company's profits, etc. More....

14 Wholesale Nursery Management BHT212

  • Learn to produce great plants in a commercially successful way. Managing a production nursery involves more than just propagating and potting up plants. Even the small nursery must be able to not only produce plants, but do it at a predetermined cost, then sustain those plants before and during marketing. More....

15 Workplace Health & Safety VBS103 CLD

  • Learning to recognise potentially dangerous situations can mean the avoidance of litigation, work disruption, and significant, unnecessary costs. Make sure that an accident that could have been avoided is not the reason your business fails. This course was developed by highly qualified professionals, who have years of experience in industry. More....


Course Info
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.
Course StartBegin your learning at any time.
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)
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 60 - U.S. Credit Hours: 18 - 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!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the Moodle online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed. They will also mark and grade your assignments, plus provide constructive and helpful feedback vital to your success.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Doing the job right using the correct knowledge and skills, leads to repeat business and referrals to friends, family and work colleagues. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to achieve this and grow your business.
Recognition of Your Course By EmployersWe aim to achieve the correct balance between your qualification being recognised and providing you with the in-depth learning, to empower you to succeed. If you can demonstrate that you have the level of knowledge and transferable skills necessary to an employer, you should stand out from someone who has only received a superficial understanding of what's required - Select study option A when enrolling, so an employer can check the status of the awarding organisation for your qualification on the Ofqual Register.
Recognition of Your Course By UniversitiesAs you will see on our Testimonials page, previous students have used their qualification from us to get into university. However each one will have its own entrance criteria and acceptance may also depend on your other qualifications and experience. We can approach up to three universities on your behalf with details of our course before you enrol, so you will know whether it will be accepted as part of their application process. Please complete our contact form and we will begin the process.
Designing Your Own QualificationBundle up your choice of related courses to form your own qualification. Our Advanced Certificates (4 courses), Diplomas (6 courses), Advanced Diplomas (8 courses) and Higher Advanced Diplomas (12 courses), are used to differentiate between the in-depth knowledge and skills you will acquire in your chosen area of study. e.g. Advanced Certificate in Turf Care Management, which includes individual courses: Turf Care, Sports Turf Care, Turf Repair and Renovation and Turf Grasses.
How Can I Enrol?Online by selecting your study option, learning materials, plus payment option and then clicking the Enrol Now button - By contacting us for an application form - By telephoning us on 01227 789 649 (International: 0044 1227 789 649). Lines open 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.
How Can I Get a Pro-forma Invoice for my Employer?Contact us with details and we will email your employer an invoice. We will need: employer's name, address, telephone number, email address and contact name. We will also require your name, telephone number, email address, date of birth and the course and code you wish to enrol for.

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