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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 include: fruit & vegetable, Lady Anne’s Garden, Formal Garden and nursery.


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 RosemoorApplications for this training course open 1 December and close in February, please see our RHS Vacancies site for full information on how to apply.

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