Horticultural Training and Qualifications

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There are a variety of learning experiences, training and qualifications to suit all needs within horticulture.

What is lifelong learning and why do it?

  • Lifelong learning is self-motivated with the main goal being to improve personal and professional development.
  • It can be achieved through a variety of ways such as formal training or something less structured like sharing ideas, reading blogs or listening to podcasts.
  • It could lead to gaining qualifications, broadening your knowledge, increase your chances of promotion, earn more money and improve your self-confidence.

Providers of equipment certificates and licenses, training and qualifications


Whether you’re new to the land-based sector, looking to boost your career with new skills, find refresher training or simply get up to speed with the latest health and safety regulations, LANTRA are your one-stop-shop. They offer a range of flexible options including training only, assessed training, qualifications and e-learning.

LANTRA courses

City and Guilds

City & Guilds qualifications are available in a number of land-based areas including horticulture, forestry and aboriculture, and floristry.

The offer a great mix of practical skills and theoretical knowledge and include a rigorous and flexible assessment structure, ensuring they’re relevant for career progression or for progressing onto further education.

You’ll learn at a College or with a training provider and gain practical experience that will give you an edge in the world of work.

City and Guilds qualifications and apprenticeships

Royal Horticultural Society

Horticultural courses have been awarded by the RHS since 1893 and are widely recognised and respected within the horticulture industry. RHS Qualifications are designed, by the RHS, to provide learners with up-to-date horticultural information and practical skills which can be used for accessing or developing a horticultural career.

RHS qualifications are designed to be studied part-time, over one year, covering modules from garden landscaping principles to plant growing and propagation. Students can learn at approved centres, such as colleges, or via approved distance learning providers, allowing you to train from the comfort of your own home.

RHS qualifications and training

Horticultural Colleges

There are several colleges across the UK who provide horticultural courses and some that have horticulture as their main learning purpose. These colleges are always a good source of information and worth contacting with any queries you may have about course suitability and funding.

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