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RHS Level 3 Diploma in Horticultural Practice

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.

Additional qualifications

Students also complete a number of short practical-based national qualifications, which include:

  • FEPA PA1 & PA6aw (pesticides).

  • Tractor driving.

  • Strimming & brushcutting.

  • Using a hedge trimmer.

  • Tree assessment course.

  • Manual handling course and fire awareness training.

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.


RHS Garden Hyde HallApplications 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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