Foundation Diploma in Herb Production

Course CodeVHT057
Fee CodeFD
Duration (approx)1000 hours
QualificationFoundation Diploma

An in depth study of herbs - their culture, propagation and use
This is a unique and exceptional course that will raise your knowledge of herbs and opportunities to work with herbs, to a totally new level.

Note that each module in the 1000 HOUR HERBS Learning Bundle is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.



Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Foundation Diploma in Herb Production.
 Aromatherapy VHT104
 Herb Culture BHT114
 Culinary Herbs VHT242
 Growing Lavender BHT228
 Medicinal Herbs BHT227
 Permaculture Systems BHT201
 Scented Plants BHT229
 Bush Tucker Plants BHT328
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 9 modules.
 Biochemistry I - Plants BSC102
 Crops I (Outdoor Plant Production) BHT112
 Eucalypts VHT117
 Growing Carnations VHT110
 Soil Management - Crops BHT103
 Protected Plant Production BHT223
 Agronomy I - Foundations BAG306
 Agronomy III Root Crops BAG310
 Organic Plant Culture BHT302

Note that each module in the Foundation Diploma in Herb Production is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Plant Identification and Herbs

Most herbs fall into one of the following plant families:

Lamiaceae (The mints)

These have square stems and two lipped flowers (i.e. the flower petals are of two types ‑ large and smaller).

Examples: Melissa (balm), Ocimum (basil) Cataria (catnip), Hyssopus (hyssop), Lavandula (lavender),  Marjorana (marjoram),  Mentha (mints), Origanum (oregano), Rosmarinus (rosemary), Salvia (sage), Satureja (savory), Thymus (thyme) etc.   

Typical two lipped flowers of the Lamiaceae family.

Asteraceae (older name: Compositae) (The daisies)

These have flowers which are clustered together into a single head (i.e. what you see as a flower is in fact a lot of flowers all grouped tightly together ‑ a composite of flowers).

Examples: Anthemis (Roman chamomile), Artemisia (wormwood), Calendula (pot marigold), Tanacetum (tansy).

Daisy Flowers are typical of the Asteraceae family.

Liliaceae (The Onion family)


Have narrow leaves with parallel leaf veins, a pungent odour and frequently die back to a bulb.

Examples: Allium (i.e. shallots, garlic, chives, tree onion etc.).

Shallots in flower – typical flower shape of the Liliaceae family.


Who will Benefit From this Course?

For those looking to work as a professional in this field

  • Commercial Herb farmers or their employees
  • Start-up entrepreneurs
  • Hobby Farmer
  • Anyone who want to start up any type of herb business






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