planting out young plantsOverview

practical-based qualification to develop the essential skills needed to work in horticulture or to further develop your interest. 

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites for entry to this qualification.


Course content

Mandatory units

Complete all of the following:

  • Soil testing
  • Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
  • Practical skills in ground preparation for seeding and planting
  • Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil
  • Care and pruning of plants
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders and beneficial organisms

Optional units

Choose one of the following:

  • Sustainable garden practice
  • Safe operation of powered garden machinery
  • Establishing, repairing and maintaining a lawn
  • Practical skills in vegetable growing
  • Practical skills in the maintenance of established soft fruit
  • Practical skills in the maintenance of established top fruit

Course details


Each unit will be assessed by means of a range of practical activities timetabled and assessed within the approved centre. They will cover all learning outcomes specified in the unit. Contact your approved centre for further details.

Qualification specification

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Exam fees and approved centres

Statement of Qualification Purpose

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If your enquiry is urgent please contact the RHS Qualifications team on 01483 226500.
For general enquiries not related to RHS Qualifications please contact 0203 176 5800.

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