Certificate in Horticulture


Horticulture, Landscaping and Sports Turf


New entrant / guardian


England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Horticulture

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Horticulture is for learners who are interested in developing the specific technical and professional skills and knowledge that will lead to meaningful employment in the Horticulture industry.  It enables you to gain the core skills and knowledge required for working in horticulture. Sound practical skills are really important when looking to gain
employment in horticulture.

You will learn how to work safely and prepare and operate a range of equipment and machinery. You will study the fundamentals of plant identification, plant health and protection, controlling pests, diseases, disorders and weeds. You could also study topics such as how to construct landscape features, horticultural production techniques or maintaining turf.

Compulsory topics include:

  • Safe working practices
  • Identification, selection and planting of plants
  • Maintain turf
  • Machinery operations
  • Plant health and protection

Learners will also be able to choose additional optional topics, including:

  • Advanced horticultural science
  • Sustainable development
  • Plant propagation activities
  • Landscape and garden design
  • Construct and maintain decorative landscape features
  • Computer aided design in horticulture
  • Horticultural production techniques
  • Advanced nursery stock production
  • Construct and establish sports and amenity turf areas
  • Manage sports turf surfaces
  • Water management

You could specialise in:

  • Professional Horticulture
  • Sports Turf

This course could lead to the following employment opportunities:

  • Landscape operative
  • Gardener
  • Landscape contractor
  • Garden / grounds maintenance manager
  • Fresh produce technician
  • Production supervisor
  • Landscape team leader / supervisor
  • Park team supervisor
  • Landscape site manager
  • Freelance landscaper
  • Commercial unit manager
  • Golf greenkeeper

You may wish to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture, which allows you to combine working for a Public Garden or Park, a Landscape firm, a Nursery or a similar job, and typically attending one day a week at College or with a Training Provider.

For more information, read the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Horticulture Qualification Handbook

Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Horticulture website

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