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Trees for Rehabilitation
Trees For Rehabilitation (Tree Health Management) 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Trees for Rehabilitation course online. Distance Learning – Home Study. Learn to plant , care for trees and conduct tree surgery in degraded landscapes.
Trees really matter! They provide animal life with the oxygen needed to survive, accumulate carbon in their wood, strengthen the soil around their roots, give shelter to wildlife and supply humans with building materials for shelter and tools. Trees are also good for our well-being because among other health benefits, they filter out dust and pollutants and so help to protect the environment.
For all of these reasons, tree health is very important to future generations and many governments recognise the dangers continued deforestation, plus pest and disease poses to their long term survival. Many councils in the UK have Tree Management Plans in place and the Department for Environment Food & Affairs have a published Tree Health Management Plan, written in cooperation with The Forestry Commission.
This course builds an understanding of environmental systems and the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes, so will give you the skills needed to manage the health of trees. Learn about seed collection, storage and germination, propagation, plant selection, establishment techniques, controlling pest & disease after planting.
Your studies will finish with a lesson on Environmental Assessment and how to Conduct an Environmental Audit, plus implementing land rehabilitation management program by determining land objectives and determining a program for replanting.
Lesson Structure: Trees For Rehabilitation BHT205
There are 10 lessons:
1 Approaches To Land Rehabilitation
- The importance of trees – Erosion control
- Understanding plants
- Understanding plant identification
- Land management programs
- Soil degradation
- Erosion – Water erosion, Wind erosion, Control of erosion
- Salinity – Sources of salt, Control methods for salinity
- Soil acidification and other problems – Soil acidification, Compaction, Chemical residues
2 Ecology Of Soils And Plant Health
- The Ecosystem – Abiotic components, Biotic components, Ecological concepts, The web of life, Other relationships between plants and animals
- Indigenous species
- Creating habitat corridors for wildlife – benefits, Other benefits, Situating corridors, Types of corridors
- Design considerations
- Edge effects
- What can happen at edges
- In general
- Soils – How soils develop naturally, The soil environment, Soil composition, Soil temperature
- Soil physical characteristics – Soil profile, Soil texture, Soil structure
- Soil chemical characteristics – Soil pH, Cation exchange capacity, Buffering capacity
- Improving soils
- Plant nutrition – What nutrients do plants need
- The nutrient elements – The macronutrients, The micronutrients
- Choosing the right fertilizer – How much fertilizer to apply
- Diagnosis of nutritional problems
- Pests and diseases and plant growth – Environmental factors
- Resistant plant species and cultivars
- Pests and Diseases – Biological control, Diseases include, Pests include, Life cycles, Preventative control
3 Introduction To Seed Propagation Techniques
- Seed propagation – Seed sources – 4 sources, Maintaining genetic identity in seed, Hybrid seed production
- Why do plants produce so much seed
- Collecting and harvesting seed – guidelines
- Selecting plants to collect from
- Methods of collection
- Cleaning seed
- Storing seed
- Difficult seeds – Germination treatments, Soaking in boiling water
- Leaching seeds
- Sowing your seeds – When to sow, Propagation media
- Containers for propagation
- The bog method
- Pricking out or tubing seedlings – After care
- Quality control – The UC System of Soil Mixes
- Example of a production system
- Propagation stage
- Transplanting stage
- Growing on stage
- Distribution stage
- Sources of seed and information
- Books on seeds and seed germination
4 Propagation And Nursery Stock
- Asexual propagation – Why cuttings? How to propagate a cutting, Classification of cutting types, Maintaining genetic identity in seed
- Types of Cuttings – Softwood cuttings, Semi-Hardwood Cuttings, Hardwood cuttings, Variations on cuttings, Nodal cuttings, Basal cuttings, Root cuttings
- Stock Plants – Planting out stock plants, Treatment throughout the year, Stock plants for root cuttings
- Ways of getting roots on difficult to root cuttings – Hormone treatments, Etoliation and banding, Cutting grafts, Misting/fogging, Light treatments, Bacterial treatments, Combining treatments
- Hormone Treatments in detail
- Nursery hygiene
- Spread of pests and diseases
- Recommended nursery hygiene practices
- Propagating Mixes – Vermiculite, Perlite, Sand, Rockwool, Peat moss
- Potting Media – Potting Soil Mixes, Pine Bark, Containers for potting up plants
- How to maintain plants in pots – Feeding, Watering, Ventilation and light, Temperature, Growing-on areas for container plants, Stop roots growing into the soil, Hardening off rooted cuttings
- The greenhouse – Types of greenhouses, Heated or unheated, Deciding on what you need, Problems with greenhouses, Environmental controls in the greenhouse, Temperature control
- Greenhouse irrigation methods, Runoff and leachate, Irrigation systems, Other structures for growing plants, The nursery site, How to propagate different species
5 Dealing With Chemical Problems
- Soil contamination
- Symptoms on plants of chemical contamination
- Foliage burn
- Treating foliage burn
- Rehabilitating damaged soils
- Accidental spillage
- Rehabilitation methods
- Using plants to extract contaminants
- Growing plants on contaminated soil
- Rehabilitating a building site
- Soil chemical composition and plant growth
- Alkaline soils
- Lime contaminated soils
- Trees which grow in lime soils
6 Physical Plant Effects On Degraded Sites
- Pioneer plants
- Site protection – Windbreaks/shelterbelts, Windbreak design, Other considerations
- Designing and planting a firebreak – Fire prone areas, How to arrange plants, Distances from buildings, Consider prevailing winds, Consider vehicular access, Maintenance, Fire resistant plants, Plants likely to burn
- Stormwater, waterlogging and drainage – Stormwater
- Drainage – Water-logging on a home-site, Constructing a swamp
- Soil Compaction
7 Plant Establishment Programs
- What to plant where
- Climate – Temperature, Wind, Frosts, Extreme hazards, Microclimates
- Plant selection criteria, Economics, Ongoing costs, Longevity, General hardiness
- Planting – When to plant
- Plant protection methods – Supporting trees, Staking, Frost protection for young trees, Sun protection, Mulching, Fencing, Wind protection
8 Hostile Environments
- Rehabilitation techniques
- Coping with dry conditions – Overcoming dry soils
- Mulch – How to lay mulch, Mulch materials, Commonly used organic mulches, Living mulch and cover crops
- Weed management – Types of weeds, How are weeds spread? Preventative measures, Weed control, Methods, Commonly used herbicides
- Trees and large shrubs that tolerate salt
- Plant species that tolerate salt
9 Plant Establishment Care
- Planting procedures – Evergreens, Deciduous and bare-rooted plants
- Water and plant growth
- Maintaining appropriate water levels
- Symptoms of water deficiency
- Symptoms of excess water
- Period of watering
- Minimizing plant water requirements
- Plant health – Conducting an inspection
- The Plant – Examining leaves, Examining fruit and flowers, Examining stem and branches, Examining roots, Identifying damage
- The Immediate Environment – Examining the soil, Examining surrounding plants, Other environmental factors, Methods of inspection
- Prioritizing problems
10 Rehabilitating Degraded Sites
- Environmental Assessment – Conducting an Environmental Audit
- Implementing a Land Rehabilitation Management Program – determining land objectives, determining a program and replanting.
Learning Goals: Trees For Rehabilitation BHT205
- Develop the ability to write the scientific names of plants and to identify and compare different types of land degradation and rehabilitation alternatives.
- Outline the basics of ecology concepts and how soils, flora and fauna interact and affect one another.
- Develop basic seed propagation skills and knowledge.
- Describe further propagation and nursery techniques.
- Describe the effect of plants on improving chemical characteristics of a degraded site.
- Determine the physical effect plants have on improving a degraded site.
- Determine appropriate plant establishment programs.
- Determine procedures to care for plants, during establishment in a hostile environment.
- Determine techniques to maximise plant development in land rehabilitation situations.
- Determine the management procedures and rehabilitation requirements of degraded soil.
Practical (Set Tasks)
- Determine ten different examples of land degradation on sites visited by you.
- Explain different reasons for land requiring rehabilitation, including:
- Vegetation harvesting
- Reduction of biodiversity
- Soil contamination
- Compare the effectiveness of different policy approaches to land rehabilitation by different agencies and organisation, including:
- Different levels of government
- Mining companies
- Conservation groups (i.e. tree planting bodies, landcare groups)
- Develop a risk analysis for a specified site to be rehabilitated, by determining a variety of plant health problems which may impact on the success of plant establishment.
- Analyse the failure of plants to grow successfully on a visited land rehabilitation site.
- Develop a procedure to enhance the success rate of land rehabilitation plantings on a degraded site you visit.
- Describe the use of mulches, to maximise plant condition in a specified land rehabilitation tree planting project.
- Explain different processes of establishing seedlings on land rehabilitation sites, including:
- tubestock nursery production
- direct seeding
- pre-germinated bare rooted seedlings.
- Determine factors which affect the viability of establishing five different species of plant seedlings, from five different plant families; on a specific degraded site.
- Compare the benefits of acquiring plants for a project by buying tubestock, with propagating and growing on, or close to, the planting site, with reference to:
- plant quality
- local suitability
- Prepare production schedules for a plant species, using different propagation techniques, summarising all important tasks from collection of seed to planting out of the tubestock.
- Calculate the cost of production for a tubestock plant, according to the production schedule developed by you.
- Estimate the differences in per plant establishment costs, for tubestock, compared with direct seeding methods, for planting on a degraded site.
- Describe three different methods of planting trees for rehabilitation purposes.
- Describe different plant establishment techniques, including:
- wind protection
- frost protection
- pest control
- water management
- weed management
- Describe an appropriate method for preparing soil for planting, at a proposed land rehabilitation site in your locality.
- Evaluate plant establishment techniques used by two different land rehabilitation programs inspected by you at least twelve months after planting was carried out.
- Determine the needs of plants after planting, on two different proposed land rehabilitation sites.
- Describe different, efficient ways, of catering to the needs of large numbers of plants after planting.
- Collect pressed specimens or photographs of twenty trees for a herbarium of suitable trees for rehabilitation, and including information on the culture and care of each tree.
- Describe different types of soil degradation, detected in your locality.
- Determine the risk factors involved in soil degradation, relevant to your locality.
- Compare two different alternative methods of treating each of three different soil degradation problems identified and inspected by you.
- Develop an assessment form to use for evaluating the sensitivity of a site to land degradation.
- Evaluate a site showing signs of degradation, selected by you, using the assessment form you developed.
- Plan a rehabilitation program for the degraded site you evaluated, including:
- a two year schedule of work to be completed
- list of quantity and type of materials required
- approximate cost estimates.
- Explain the effect different plant species may have resisting soil degradation.
- Explain how different plants can have different impacts upon the chemistry of their environment, including both air and soil.
- Evaluate the significance of a group of plants, to the nature of the microclimate in which you find them growing.
- Compare the appropriateness of twenty different plant species for different degraded sites.
- Determine plant varieties, suited to each of six different degradation situations.
The importance of trees to land management cannot be overstated. Often in the past they have been seen as competing for valuable land space and felled indiscriminately. Over clearing of trees can lead to salinity problems and numerous forms of erosion and land slips. As we have become more familiar with their vital role in ecological processes, retention and selective planting of trees has been widely acknowledged, in improving farm viability and ultimately production. This course develops an understanding of environmental systems and the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes. You learn about seed collection, storage and germination, propagation, plant selection, establishment techniques, controlling pest and disease after planting.
Excerpt From The Course
A cutting is a piece of vegetative growth (non-sexual ‑ not the flower or fruit) which is detached from a plant and treated in a way so as to stimulate it to grow roots, stems and leaves; hence producing another new plant. Cutting propagation is most commonly used for shrubs, indoor plants and many herbaceous perennials. It is the most common method of asexual reproduction used by horticulturalists. As a general rule, it is rarely used to propagate most types of trees.
When a plant is grown from a cutting it is genetically identical to the parent plant. This is not necessarily so when plants are grown from seed. Cuttings are the most widely used technique for reproducing “true to type” plants. This ensures that the unique characteristics of the parent plant are passed on to the progeny.
Cuttings can often be used to propagate plants that:
- Don’t produce viable seed, or produce seed at irregular times,
- Have seed that is difficult to germinate
- Have seed that is difficult to collect, for example, plants that have seed pods that burst open dispersing the seeds widely
- Produce their seed at a time when seed cannot be collected, or collection would require a further trip to the area (often very difficult for remote areas), or can only be collected with difficulty (e.g. plants whose seed matures during wet seasons when access may be limited).
Cuttings can be useful as they may avoid the problem of juvenility in the newly propagated plants. Most plants grown from seeds go through a juvenile stage, in which flowering, and hence seed production does not occur. Some plants may take 5, 10 or even more years before they commence flowering. Once a plant has flowered, plants propagated from that plant by cuttings will avoid the juvenile stage and flower early, often within months of the cutting having struck.
Many plants also have undesirable growth forms when they are young. These include very vigorousgrowth, thorniness, or unattractive foliage or form. By taking cuttings from adult plants these undesirable characteristics can be avoided.
In some cases the juvenile form of a plant may have characteristics that are more desirable than those of the adult form.
You may take cuttings from plants growing in gardens, pots, parks or in the wild; and you may successfully produce new plants from cuttings taken from any source; however, you will always get much better results if you carefully choose your source of cuttings.
- If you know the cultivar name of the plant, you can be more certain of how to propagate it, and be confident of the characteristics that will be demonstrated by the new plants.
- If you take cuttings from healthy plants; they are more likely to develop roots faster, and produce healthier plants quicker.
Despite all the difficulties that can be experienced with various techniques to propagate a plant, the cutting technique still remains one of the easiest and cost effective techniques to produce a number of new plants, whether that is for commercial or domestic production.
Cuttings are easy, time effective and cheap; the rewards in watching a plant produce roots and develop into a new plant encourages them to propagate even more plants, and share them with friends etc.
Commercial production nurseries know the benefits of the cutting technique.
Their profit and existence relies upon using the right technique for the right plant. Improving their techniques can increase production and hence increase profit.
Growing plants by cuttings can be a very rewarding exercise, and for commercial propagators may be the most economically viable method for many plants.
How to Propagate a Cutting
Most cuttings are pieces of stem, often with some leaves left at the top of the stem. Some plants can be grown from cuttings of other tissue (eg. a piece of leaf, or section of root, or even part of a bulb, with no stem at all).
Cuttings are usually planted into a mix of materials such as sand, peat moss, perlite, rockwool or vermiculite. Part of the tissue is usually below the surface of the mix, and some exposed above the surface.
The cuttings should then be kept moist and other conditions such as light, temperature, humidity and hygiene should be kept appropriate to the requirements of the variety of plant being grown.
Other things that can be done to enhance development of the cutting will either speed the rate of growth or improve the percentage of cuttings that succeed.
Chemical hormones may be applied to stimulate the formation of either roots, or foliage/shoot growth. Pesticides or disinfectants may be used to prevent diseases or pests. Heating may be used to warm the root zone (ie. bottom heat), to encourage faster growth of roots; or periodic misting of the foliage to cool the top of the plant, or prevent dehydration of the foliage.
If you want to get the best results from your cutting propagation, you really need to pay attention to selecting the appropriate technique for the time of year, and type of plant you are growing. Different types of plant tissues have varying abilities to
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
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Q. Do I need to buy text books?
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Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
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A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
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Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
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A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
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A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
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A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
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Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
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- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
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FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,