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Training courses for lawn care

I have been looking at training courses (online) for lawn care.  I came across a lawn mowing and turf care training course through Warwickshire College which gives you an ACS Certificate.

Im not sure what weight an ACS certificate holds from a professional perspective yet the course looked quite interesting and its only £100.

So my question is: what courses do you recommend? or people/companies that provide training?

And how many of you have actually done professional training?! and if you do, is it something you continually do in order to keep up to date with new technologies/equipment etc?

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  • Personally, never been on a course for lawn care, for £100 I doubt they’ll teach nothing that YouTube can’t. YouTube is full of a wealth of info from basic to the maintenance of golf course or bowling green.
    I’ve never been asked for a certificate from any of my customers, they are more interested in the quality of my work. I would suggest getting your PA1/PA6 though.

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    Several years ago I tried to contact a major landscape contractor which was advertising a course on its website, but didn’t get a response.

    I suspect they were doing in-house training for their own staff and selling off spare seats, I tried a few more emails to them, but didn’t get a response.You may even struggle to buy decent books, I got some secondhand, so some chapters are a bit dated such as Chaffer Grub treatments. 

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    Would suggest as a bare minimum PA1/6 (basically covers use of chemicals and application by knapsack sprayer). Somewhere around £500 -£600 for the two.

    If getting involved with motorised spreaders/sprayers, then PA2 and 4.

    Also training out there for use of nematodes etc.

    All depends how involved and in depth you want to get in the job....

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    ACS started as the Australian Horticultural Correspondence Schools.

    https://www.acsedu.co.uk/default.aspx

    Online Learning - Self-sufficiency, horticulture, agriculture, psychology, IT and more
    Vertical Gardening free eBook for NAS and NVS Members. ACS Distance Education. Horticulture eBooks and Courses. Distance Learning.
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    Try these:

    https://prolawncareuk.com/

    https://www.lawnweedexpert.co.uk/lawn-care-training

    https://www.lawnsforyou.com/lawn-care-courses-learn-how-to

     Lawn Care Training Company - ProLawnCare UK
    35 years of agronomic, turf care and lawn care knowledge, delivered to you in a variety of manageable training modules
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