Become a Garden Designer

You can do it – here’s how

You want to become
a garden designer
Enrol on our Become a
Garden Designer
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Start straight away,
learning where and
when suits you
On completion begin
your new career, making
a living from something
that’s your passion

Everything you need for a successful garden design career

Make a career doing something you love!  This complete career pathway is suitable for beginners and will equip you with the knowledge, practical skills and industry-recognised qualifications to become a professional garden designer.  You will learn a comprehensive range of topics – from the selection and maintenance of garden plants to garden design styles, survey techniques, and hard and soft landscaping. On completion you could work in private gardens or public spaces, employed by a company or running your own business.

  • Learn how to plan, design and build beautiful gardens, and gain a rewarding, enjoyable, outdoor lifestyle
  • On successful completion of your studies and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) exams you will receive nationally recognised RHS qualifications
  • A career that combines creativity with practical skills, and provides fresh challenges each time you take on a ‘new’ garden
  • Skilled garden designers are in demand, you could earn up to £50 per hour
  • Flexible home-study so you can fit your learning around your work and life
  • Quality course material and excellent tutor support – to help you achieve your goals
  • No previous experience needed

This course is available for student enrolments up to April 2023 and registered students will have until the final exam session scheduled for February 2024 to successfully achieve this qualification. For further information please visit our news page.

How the course works

This pathway consists of two parts:

  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance (RQF 500/8295/4)
  • RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting (RQF 601/7188/1)

Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.

The extensive course materials have been developed by gardening and garden design experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)

The course includes all the required study materials.

On successful completion of your studies and the RHS exams you will receive the nationally recognised RHS qualifications.

* RHS examination fees apply and are payable to the examination centre
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