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Certificate in Organic Horticulture

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This qualification is designed to enable you to plan, construct and maintain a complete organic garden; it is suitable for anyone who has an interest in organic horticulture.

There are no formal entry requirements and it is suitable for a wide age range of learners. For example:

  • those who wish to garden in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner
  • allotment holders who wish to produce organic fruit and vegetables sustainably
  • community and school gardeners who want to promote organic horticulture, and
  • professionals who wish to develop their organic horticultural knowledge and skills, who may work in the heritage sector e.g. for English Heritage,The National Trust etc.

The programme is endorsed by Garden Organic

What will I study?

To achieve the Certificate in Organic Horticulture you must successfully complete a minimum of eight modules.

Compulsory modules are:

1. Principles which underpin sustainable horticulture practices
2. Planning an organic garden
4. Managing soil, growing media and maintaining fertility

the optional modules to complete your Certificate are:

3. Understanding the properties of soil and importance of soil biology
5. Importance of habitat provision and biodiversity
6. Planning year round organic vegetable growing
7. Vegetable growing methods, harvesting, storage and seed saving
8. Growing annuals, biennials and herbaceous perennials sustainably
9. Selecting, planting and maintaining trees and shrubs sustainably
10. Selecting and maintaining lawns and wildlife friendly alternatives
11. Prevention, identification and organic control of garden pests, diseases and disorders
12. Prevention, identification and organic control of garden weeds


What is covered?

Click here to download the full Guide for the Qualification.

How is it delivered and assessed?

Face-to-face learning at The Academy of Practical Horticulture's teaching facility at Garden Organic, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Nr Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 3LG

Attend the course (on Tuesdays) to study a minimum of three mandatory core modules and five optional modules. 

Pass a multiple choice paper-based test for a minimum of the three core and five optional modules.

Pass the practical assessments for a minimum of the three core and five optional modules.

What qualification will I get?

At the end of the course we will issue a BEST in Horticulture Level 2 Certificate in Organic Horticulture endorsed by Garden Organic,  which lists the modules you have successfully completed.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

Tuition fees are £600.00 plus VAT @ 20% total payable is is £720.00. 

You can prepay £720.00 for your complete course, or you can secure your place on the course with a non-refundable booking fee payable on enrolment, of 25% of the full cost of the course. This is payable as the first instalment of £185.00 (including VAT and administration fee). 

Please note: In the vent of a place not being available or if the course does not run, the booking fee will be returned to you.

The remainder of the course fees £555.00 (including VAT and administration fees) should be paid by week 8 of the course; or if preferred in three equal instalments of £185.00 on weeks 8, 16 and 24 of the course.

You can ask us to set up a direct debit mandate when you book the course by saying 'yes' on the for and we will be pleased to send you a mandate for by email. Once this has been returned to us we can request payments from your bank on or about weeks 8, 16 and 24.

Courses will take place only at the Ryton centre and runs on Tuesday 9.30-16.30 pm

What is the enrolment process?

Click on the green 'enrol on a course' button and complete the online enrolment form.

Please note course places are limited; completing the form does not guarantee that a place is available on the course you have chosen, and our administrator will contact you to confirm your place. Shortly before the course begins you will be sent joining instructions.

What else do I need to know?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course and it is particularly suited to adult learners who haven’t recently studied and have a keen interest in sustainable horticulture.

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to study some RHS courses e.g., two RHS theory Certificates, The RHS Level 2 Certificate in Plant Growth, Propagation and Development and the Level 2 Certificate in Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance, and the RHS L2 Practical Certificate and work towards the RHS Level 2 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture. 

An RHS Level 2 qualification is well respected in the horticultural industry and can be the first step in changing to a career in horticulture. It is an accepted route into the horticultural profession for National Trust and many other employers.

We also offer you the opportunity to pursue an interest in a garden design with our Practical Garden Design Course. Click on the tab below for more information on this course.