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Wholesale Nursery Management - Advanced Diploma - (TQUK - Training Qualifications UK)

Distance learning course with study materials, tutor support and final exam included

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800 hours · Self-paced
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Wholesale Nursery Management Online Course. 800 Hours Advanced Diploma Course. (Endorsed by TQUK - Training Qualifications UK).

Train to be a manager, owner or supervisor in a Production Nursery with the distance learning online course in Wholesale Nursery Management through ADL

This course is for anyone who works in the wholesale or production nursery industry, or a manager or supervisor in an unrelated industry, who is looking for a career change.

This course develops an understanding of plant propagation (seed and cuttings), nursery hygiene, plant health, potting mixes and soils, production efficiencies, marketing, management, and more. This is an 800 hour covering both management and horticultural studies relating to running a wholesale nursery.

You will be required to complete the four core modules, the two stream modules and two elective modules from a choice of twelve.

Benefits of an ADL Endorsed Course?

Endorsed courses are skills based. They have been evaluated and approved by an independent awarding body such as Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).

What makes ADL’s Endorsed courses different?

  • Flexible Self-Paced Learning– adjust your learning around your home and work commitments
  • Start and Finish at any time
  • Courses globally and industry relevant
  • Practical Component at the end of most lessons.

Allocated your own tutor relevant to your subject. You can have as little or as much contact as you like with your tutor. They are there to support you all the way through.

This course is endorsed by TQUK -Training Qualifications UK, an OFQUAL awarding body.


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Core Modules: These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Diploma in Applied Management – Wholesale Nursery.

1 Operational Business Management I (Horticulture)

Learn to develop the knowledge necessary to plan for Economic and Marketing Success in a Horticultural Enterprise. A study focusing on managing Economics, Planning and Marketing of operations in horticulture. 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.

2 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. The course is relevant to all areas of horticulture including nurseries, parks, private gardens, market gardening and fruit production.

3 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. The nursery industry currently has a real need for people with skills and knowledge in managing production in plant nurseries! This course provides a solid grounding for developing those skills.

4 Horticultural Marketing

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, plus other aspects of horticultural marketing.

Stream Modules: Studied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.

1 Propagation I BHT108

This is a foundation course in the Propagation plants. In this module you’ll learn how to propagate plants and develop broad skills in this subject.Plants are propagated both sexually (from two parents eg. seed & spore) and asexually (from two parents eg. cuttings, grafting, layers, division). This course deals with the principles of propagation, and all of these methods; as well as materials and equipment. This is a module designed and written with the the accredited RHS Diploma in mind.

2 Research Project I BGN102

Study Research online and learn to plan and conduct research for any industry or discipline. Discover ways that research skills can improve performance and sustainability of any business. 100 hour self paced course, expert tutors.

Elective Modules: In addition to the core modules, choose two modules from the following twelve:

1 Commercial Vegetable Production BHT222

Learn about growing crops of vegetables in a productive way with these steps. Learning the importance of soils, cultural practices and pest and disease management is a great way to get optimum crop production.

2 Conflict Management BPS201

Learn strategies to manage conflict effectively. Age conflict can destroy relationships and lead to increased stress, or it can improve our relationships and give us a greater sense of control over ourselves and our environments. Explore the causes and effects of conflict. Learn how to manage it through effective communication, active listening, and problem solving. Develop your ability to use facilitation, negotiation or mediation in group situations to achieve win-win solutions.

3 Cutting Propagation BHT211

Become an expert at cut flower growing. Cut flower growing has experienced rapid expansion in recent decades, resulting in increased demand for training in the skills and knowledge required by this industry in increasingly affluent countries. This course provides a thorough basic training for the commercial cut flower grower.

4 Cut Flowers Production BHT221

Learn the skills necessary to become a commercial cut flower grower. Cut flower growing has experienced rapid expansion in recent decades, resulting in increased demand for training in the skills and knowledge required by this industry in increasingly affluent countries. This course provides a thorough basic training for the commercial cut flower grower.

5 Herb Culture BHT114

Develop a solid grounding in herb growing and the herb industry. Half of the course deals with general herb culture, including identification, soils, mulching, feeding, watering, propagation, pest & disease control, harvest, storage, processing, companion planting, nursery management and herb farming. The remainder of the course involves detailed studies of major groups of herbs such as: mints, thymes, lavenders, scented geraniums, garlic, roses, artemisias and parsley.

6 Industry Project BIP000

There are two options available to you to satisfy this requirement: If you work in the industry that you have been studying; you may submit a reference from your employer, in an effort to satisfy this industry (ie. workplace project) requirement; on the basis of RPL (ie. recognition for prior learning), achieved through your current and past work experience. The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility.

7 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.

8 Nursery Hands Assistant VHT102 – for training staff

Learn the duties of a Nursery hand, in order to train new staff and to monitor existing staff performance. This course will help you to train them in Plant Identification and Taxonomy, potting mixes, seed and cutting propagation, plant nutitition, pests and disease control, plus other nursery tasks.

9 Nursery Sales Assistant VHT103 – for training staff

Learn the duties of a Nursery sales assistant, in order to train new staff and to monitor existing staff performance. This course will help you to train them in Plant Identification, sales skills, caring for plants, selecting the right plant for the right place, plus advising customers in the nursery.

10 Orchid Culture BHT232

11 Perennials BHT316

12 Scented Plants BHT229

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Who is this course for?

Horticulturists, Retail Managers, Supervisors, Gardeners


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Career path

Would you like to manage a Garden Centre? This course is for anyone who works in the wholesale or production nursery industry, or a manager or supervisor in an unrelated industry, who is looking for a career change.

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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

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What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.