As an external candidate you might be studying for an RHS qualification by distance learning or you might be self-taught.

RHS Wisley Venue

We appreciate it can be stressful finding a centre to sit RHS Examinations, so to ease the pressure we are hosting Level 2 and Level 3 exams at the beautiful RHS Garden Wisley. 

Applications for February 2019 examinations will open on 29th August.

RHS Wisley lies between Cobham and Ripley, in Surrey, just a few minutes drive from Junction 10 on the M25.

How do I apply?

Applying to sit exams at RHS Wisley is extremely easy. To check availability and obtain an application form email the RHS Qualifications team.  

Please note emailing an application form does not guarantee you a place; your place is only confirmed once you have received a confirmation email from the RHS. Due to demand we are unable to hold places.  

Email the qualifications team  

Exam centre availability

Spaces are limited and fill up fast. They are on a first come first served basis, therefore we strongly recommend you apply as soon as possible and in advance of the closing date to avoid payment of late fees.

Please check the entries closing dates for all exams. 

Read our external candidate FAQs to find answers to the questions we get asked the most about our venue. 


There is a £35 administration fee per candidate, per day in addition to the following examination unit entry cost: 

  • Level 2 - £16 per unit
  • Level 3 - £26 per unit

Examination fees must be paid in full and we will only be able to confirm your entry once payment is received. 

Payments can be made online using Worldpay, a secure online payment system, or by cheque. Once we have received your application we will send a link to Worldpay with the necessary transaction details for you to make the payment online. Further details regarding payment options can be found in our external candidate FAQs document. 

Other centres that accept external candidates

If RHS Garden Wisley is not within easy reach, you may sit your exams at one of our approved centres.

Below is a general list of RHS approved centres that have notified us that they're willing to accept external candidates.

To check availability, fees and register for the exam, you will need to contact the centre directly using the details on our approved centre page.

East of England West & East Midlands
Easton and Otley College, Easton Campus, Norwich B.E.S.T in Horticulture Group, The Academy of Practical Horticulture Limited, Coventry
Manea School of Gardening, March Brooksby Melton College, Leicestershire
Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire Derbyshire Adult and Community Education Service, Middleton by Wirksworth
The Beth Chatto Gardens Ltd, Elmstead Market Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire
Writtle University College, Chelmsford Moulton College, Northamptonshire
North West Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton
Cheadle & Marple 6th Form College, Stockport OnSite Training UK, Lamport
Ness Botanic Garden, Ness OnSite Training UK, Wellingborough
Ordsall Hall & Gardens, Salford North East
Yorkshire & Humber
Reaseheath College, Cheshire Askham Bryan College, York
Trafford College, Stretford Craven College, Skipton
South East & London South West
B.E.S.T. in Horticulture Group,
North Moreton
Bridgwater & Taunton College, Bridgwater
Berkshire College of Agriculture, Maidenhead Duchy College, Cornwall
Brogdale National Collection, Faversham Horticultural Correspondence College, Holsworthy
Chichester College,
Brinsbury Campus, Pulborough
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
Stoke Bishop
Coolings Nurseries Ltd, Sevenoaks Scotland
Hadlow College, Tonbridge Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Hever Castle and Gardens,
Threave Gardens, Dumfries and Galloway
Merrist Wood College, Surrey  

If you are unable to find a school or college at which to sit your exam, you may still wish to contact other RHS approved centres in your local area as the exams officer may still be able to accept you.

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Where can I sit RHS exams?
Registrations for 2019 exams will open on 29th August. Apply to sit your exam at RHS Wisley or find an alternative exam centre near you

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