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Do you have a passion for gardening that you want to turn into a career? Are you looking to learn more about the different varieties of plants and how to care for them? Take the next step in your professional journey with our online horticulture courses.

Whether you want to secure your dream job in horticulture or you’re a hobby gardener wanting to gain a deeper understanding of this fascinating subject, our learning programme will give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our online gardening courses, you will complete the following units of study:

    1The Plant Kingdom
    • The classification and taxonomic hierarchy of seed-bearing plants
    • The use of botanical keys to identify plants
    • Stages of plant growth and life cycles
    • The structure and function of plant cells and tissues
    • The processes of meiosis and mitosis
    • The differences in the external and internal structure of monocotyledons and dicotyledons.
    • The identification and function of the external vegetative parts of higher plants: roots, leaves, stems and buds
    • The identification and function of flowers
    • The identification and function of fruits and seed
    • The importance of photosynthesis and respiration
    • Transpiration and translocation of water throughout the plant
    • Pollination and fertilisation
    • Seed formation and germination
    • Growth regulation
    2Plant Propagation
    • How to differentiate between plants produced by seed and plants produced by vegetative propagation methods
    • Seed propagation
    • Cutting propagation
    • Propagation aftercare
    • Layering
    • Propagation tools
    • Grafting
    • Propagating plants in a greenhouse
    3Outdoor Food Production
    • Growing outdoor food crops
    • Timing crops
    • Making gardens more productive
    • Sustainable land management
    • Composting
    • Companion planting
    • Vegetable crowing
    • Fruit crops
    • Pests and diseases of crops
    • Windbreaks
    • Crop harvesting
    4Garden Planning
    • Collecting pre-planning information
    • Preparing landscape plans
    • The principles, elements and procedures of landscape design
    • Creating landscape effects
    • Using hard and soft landscaping materials.
    5The Root Environment and Plant Nutrition
    • The physical properties of soil
    • Techniques for improving soil
    • The importance of organic matter in the soil
    • Soil water
    • Watering systems
    • Drainage systems
    • Soil pH
    • Carbon and nitrogen cycles
    • Soil nutrients and their effect on plant growth
    • Fertilisers
    • Properties of growing media
    6Protected Cultivation
    • Protected cultivation
    • Greenhouse types and shade houses
    • Environmental controls in protected environments
    • Irrigation and nutrition control
    • Containers and growing media in protected environments
    • Care and display of indoor plants
    • Production of selected crops in protected cultivation (tomato, lettuce, begonia, rose).
    7Horticulture Plant Selection, Establishment and Maintenance
    • The selection of plants for different purposes
    • Guidelines for selecting plants
    • Environmental factors affecting plant selection
    • Selecting particular plants (which ones to buy)
    • Planting techniques
    • Selection, establishment and maintenance of turf, annuals, herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees, hedging plants and climbing plants
    • Pruning in the home garden
    • Mulching
    8Horticultural Plant Health Problems
    • Plant problems and their identification
    • Pests
    • Diseases
    • Environmental problems
    • Chemicals and their use
    • Non-chemical controls
    • Weed problems and their identification control
  • How Will You Benefit?

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    There are many benefits associated with studying our horticulture courses online. For example, you will: 

    • Fast track your career as a horticulturalist
    • Study a course that has been designed in consultation with senior professionals in the horticulture industry
    • Complete the course at your own pace, allowing you to balance your studies with other commitments
    • Have your own personal tutor to answer questions and provide guidance
    • Save time and money by avoiding the need to attend in-person classes
    • Pay upfront for a 10% reduction in your course fee, or choose our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Discover the benefits for yourself by enrolling on our online horticulture courses.

  • Career Prospects

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    There are many diverse opportunities within the horticultural industry. Roles often require outdoor working, and as well as knowledge of horticulture itself, skills in areas such as design, science, planning and management are often highly valued.

    Career opportunities include:

    Arboriculture

    This involves the cultivation of trees, woody plants and shrubs. Associated tasks include everything from propagating to pruning, fertilising and controlling pests.

    Design

    Garden designers work to create spaces that are both practical and attractive. Often working to specific briefs provided by clients, they work on sites ranging from private gardens to public parks and reserves.

    Landscapers

    The landscaping business is thriving as homeowners seek to make the very most of their outdoor spaces. Garden landscapers often provide a wide variety of services, such as turfing, planting and pruning, as well as laying patios, decking, walkways and driveways.

    Nurseries

    Growing plants is foundational to horticulture, and nurseries are where this takes place. The plants grown may be intended for transplanting, used as stock for grafting and budding or sold to the public.

    Sports turf management

    This specialism refers to the growing and maintenance of special grasses for sports facilities such as football and cricket pitches and golf courses.

    You might want to work for an existing company involved in horticulture or set up your own company. There are opportunities to pursue both paths.

  • Course Levels Explained

    Diploma

    Our horticulture course leads to the awarding of a Diploma. This qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry onto this course. 

    So, if you have a love of gardening and want to advance your knowledge and skills in this area, simply enrol today.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete their studies within:

    Diploma Level24 weeks

    When you study horticulture with ICI, you can work through the course material at your own pace. There are no assignment deadlines, so you determine how long it takes you to complete the training.

    If you are in a hurry to graduate, you can fast track and finish the course in a matter of months. Alternatively, you can take it more slowly. We allow up to three years to graduate.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our entire horticulture course is conducted online via distance learning. Also called correspondence learning, this approach puts you in control. If you have existing work or family commitments, for example, you can fit your studies around them with ease.

    You can study whenever you wish, and wherever you are in the world. You will have access to your personal tutor, who will be on hand to answer questions and provide feedback.

    We have designed our horticulture course to be highly engaging, so you will find it easy to stay motivated throughout your studies.

  • Recognition & Accreditation


    This learning programme is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    Like all of our courses, it is designed to be highly practical and relevant. Written and delivered by experts within the horticulture profession, the training programme goes far beyond the theory behind the industry and teaches you key practical skills that will give you a competitive advantage in this field.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working in horticulture? This course is for you. It offers a convenient and flexible way to update and enhance your knowledge and skills, contributing to your professional development. Whether you’re looking for a promotion or want to make a sideways move to another area within horticulture, our learning programme is one of the most practical steps you can take.

    You can claim course fees as a tax deduction as long as the course is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our online counselling courses are included in the course fee. When you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes 
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all your course and career questions and provide guidance.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:what-do-iget-img2

    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of the course and
    • qualifications as a counsellor
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant
    • qualification (for example: John Smith, DipHort)

    Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme.

  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 29th September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career in horticulture – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.

5Graduation

Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.