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Increase your knowledge with work-based training in a real garden setting
Duration: 1 year
Eight-week rotations through a number of distinct horticultural areas which including: the Herbaceous Garden, Dry Garden, Rose Garden, nursery, turf, machinery, fruit and vegetable production.
The DHP course also comprises a detailed lecture and masterclass programme, and students complete various pieces of assessed coursework.
Students also complete a number of short practical-based national qualifications, which include:
FEPA PA1 & PA6aw (pesticides).
Strimming & brushcutting.
Using a hedge trimmer.
Tree assessment course.
Read the Level 3 DHP Factsheet (944kB pdf)
Read the Level 3 DHP Qualification Specification (278kB)
Applicants are expected as a minimum to hold a National Certificate in Horticulture, an RHS Level 2 in Horticulture, or similar. Additionally applicants should also have at least six months of practical horticultural experience in a professional environment.
Applications for this training course open on 1 December and close in February, please see our RHS Vacancies site for full information on how to apply.
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We offer a two year apprenticeship aimed primarily at 16-19 year olds. It is an ideal starting place if you want to increase your skills confidence and knowledge before going into employment or further training.
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