Garden Centre

Gain the skills to run a thriving garden centre

This course is ideal if you wish to work in or are already employed in a garden centre – particularly if you plan to progress to a supervisory or management role. It will give you the full range of retail, business and management skills needed to run a successful garden centre (whether small and specialist or a ‘superstore’). Topics include the nature of the stock – from plants to associated goods like pots, tools and fertilisers and ‘lifestyle’ goods like garden furniture – and how to maintain it (few people will want to buy below-standard, diseased or pest-ridden plants). You will also learn retail essentials such as layout, selling and service, checkout design and consumer law, as well as management skills covering areas like staffing and stock control.

  • Ambitions to work in or manage a garden centre? This course will help you combine your passion for plants with the necessary commercial nous
  • Flexible home-study learning so you can fit your learning around your work and life
  • Quality course material and excellent tutor support – to help you achieve your goals
  • On successful completion you will receive an HCC Certificate
  • Suitable for professionals or those seeking in-depth knowledge of this subject for general interest.
  • No previous experience needed

How the course works

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, 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 garden retailing 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.

There is no formal examination. On successful completion you will be awarded an HCC Certificate. You have 2 years to complete the course.

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