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Become a Gardener

You can do it – here’s how

You want to
become a gardener
Enrol on our Become
a Gardener
pathway by
calling 0800 083 9191
or clicking here
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 gardening 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 gardener.  You will be able to learn a comprehensive range of topics – from plant structure, protective cultivation (i.e. glasshouse growing), health and propagation, to lawn maintenance, plant selection, growing fruit and vegetables, and garden design and landscaping.  On completion you could create beautiful private gardens or public spaces, and maintain them; with your own business or at a company.

  • Enjoy a rewarding, pleasurable lifestyle – being active and outdoors, working with nature and the changing seasons, nurturing plants, and creating and maintaining beautiful gardens
  • On successful completion of your studies and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) exams you will receive nationally recognised RHS qualifications
  • Gardening skills are in demand, as a gardener you could earn up to £45 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

* Based on real charges in the London area.

How the course works

This pathway consists of three parts:

  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Propagation and Development (RQF 601/0554/9)
  • RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment & Maintenance (RQF 500/8295/4)
    (these two parts make up the ‘RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture’)

Plus, you can choose either: 

  • RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation (RQF 601/0353/X)
  • RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting (RQF 601/7188/1)

Your first set of study materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the studies 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 study materials have been developed by gardening 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 pathway 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
Enrol on our Become a Gardener course
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For free advice, please call Freephone 0800 083 9191 or 01409 220 777, or click here to request a call back.