RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Horticulture & Plant Science HR063A07/22/1 Short Course

Course Information

New from the Royal Horticultural Society for 2022, this is one of the next generation of the highly regarded RHS level 2 qualifications.
The course is designed for people already working in the industry, those looking to move into a professional role or experienced domestic gardeners who would like to increase their skill level.

The RHS have described this course as one for 'thinking hands'. It is wide ranging, challenging and promotes excellence in horticulture.The course will take place in the industry standard glasshouses and use the facilities in the walled garden, grade 2 listed Kingston Maurward formal gardens and the wider Kingston Maurward Estate.


  • Certificate in Practical Horticulture (QCF)
Course Content
  • This qualification consists of eight compulsory topics summarised below.
    Plant Identification enables learners to identify a wide range of plants.
    Plant Establishment, includes site based assessment, seed-sowing, establishing hedges and trees, planting in containers.
    Plant Propagation for professional purposes covering seed and vegetative propagation.
    Plant Health provides the skills to be able to identify and prevent a range of threats to plant health.
    Plant Care provides the skills and knowledge to implement garden maintenance plans and high quality aftercare in a variety of situations.
    Plant Pruning covers the principles and practices associated with the pruning requirements of a range of plants.
    Garden Features provides the skills and knowledge to care and maintain a range of features including structures and fences, statues and stone work ponds and hard surfaces.
    Grassed Areas covers the skills required for public and private grassed areas including selection of species, establishing a sward, annual maintenance, weed and pest control, repair and nutrition of turf.
Entry Requirements
  • Experience in gardening and horticulture.
    Confidence in numeracy and literacy to enable completion of all assessments.
    Commitment to attend all sessions.

    Applicants will be asked to attend an informal interview and taster session on Tuesday 28th June at 10 am. This session will last approximately 2.5 hours.
Next Steps
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture (HR064).
Career Opportunities
  • Professional gardening, employed by an organisation or as a self employed gardener.
    Garden retail.
    Plant production.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
20-Sep-2022 13-Jun-2023 9am 1.15pm
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Tuesday 30
Course Fees
Tuition fees (Part time standard) £700.00
Registration fees (Part time standard) £100.00
Reservation fees (Part time standard) £50.00

Materials Required

You will need to bring a notebook for the theoretical elements of the course and for the weekly plant identification test.
You will be expected to wear professional standard clothing including footwear with a steel toecap.

What's next?

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