Australian Garden Centre Accreditation Scheme
The Australian Garden Centre Accreditation Scheme
The Australian Garden Centre Accreditation Scheme (AGCAS) is a national accreditation scheme that encourages business improvement and acknowledges excellence in garden retailing.
The program aims to constantly raise the professional standard of all garden retailers within the nursery and garden industry with an emphasis on the sale and promotion of plants and gardens.
Why should you become accredited?
Becoming accredited not only means you have attained the accepted industry standard, it also means you are committed to maintaining and developing this position. Together with the Business Skills Development Officer, you will set achievable targets in order to reach accreditation. Working towards accreditation also provides realistic goals which you and your staff can strive towards.
Aver achieving accreditation, you will have the ongoing support of the Business Skills Development Officer to continually improve and strive for excellence in garden retailing.
How does it work?
The accreditation process is structured to be uncomplicated and ‘user friendly' while at the same time ensuring an accurate assessment of your business.
The scheme addresses five main areas of operations:
The quality of the product you offer
The experience and knowledge of your staff
The quality of your premises
The scope and nature of your promotional activities
An audit using the checklist from the AGCAS Manual will determine your accreditation status. As an accredited business, you will be audited each year to make sure you maintain business practices that are accepted as the industry standard.
The annual fee for accreditation is $495.