RHS Practical

RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

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As the RHS Certificates will be changing format from September 2022, we regret there can be no January 2022 intake for our current practical courses; we intend to deliver the new Practical Certificate at our centres in September 2022.

A level 3 qualification from the RHS can help you to move upwards in your horticultural career, with National Trust and many other employers requiring level 3 qualifications for supervisory roles.

Keen gardeners who have enjoyed Level 2 can challenge themselves, and develop new skills at a professional level. 

The RHS Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture offers you a chance to show your competence in propagation techniques and in the organisation and planning of work which you will need, to move on to higher and supervisory levels in the industry.

Note: This course is also available as  a Blended Learning option; click on the 'Blended' course tab below to find out more.

What will I study?

You will study five units, which together make up this certificate: these are:

  • Collecting and testing soil samples and specifying adjustments for horticulture
  • Collecting, preparing and propagating from seed
  • Establishing and maintaining a range of plant types and forms
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders
  • Planning collecting, preparing and establishing propagation material (Ryton) or Management of green spaces, landscaped areas and ornamental gardens (North Moreton)

What is covered?

Click here for the RHS Level 3 Syllabus which provides you with a complete overview of the course.

How is it delivered and assessed?

This qualification is assessment-based, with no written examinations. It is taught for half a day a week over 28 weeks. There are weekly identification tests  to prepare for, and some proformas to demonstrate your understanding; these can mostly be completed at home (using a computer if you prefer for written work).  Your tutor will show you practical tasks, get you to practise them and give you guidance on how to improve, then pass you when you reach an acceptable standard.  

What qualification will I get?

When you have completed all the assessments and proformas and your tutor considers you have reached a pass standard, we will apply to the Royal Horticultural Society for your Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

If you combine this with the two  Level 3 theory Certificates in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation and the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting, the RHS will award you a Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

The course will run  over 28 weeks at North Moreton on Wednesday afternoons or at Ryton on Saturday mornings. Click here for a course timetable.

You can prepay £978.00 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 £249.50 (including VAT and administration fee) and covers the registration and certification fees.

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

The remainder of the course fees £748.50 (including VAT and administration fess) should be paid by week 8 of the course; or if preferred in three equal instalments of £249.50 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 form and we will be pleased to send you a mandate form by email. Once this has been returned to us we can request payments from your bank on or about weeks 8, 16 and 24.

What is the enrolment process?

Complete the online enrolment form  by clicking on the green 'Enrol for this Course' button above.

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?

Ideally this course follows and builds on the Level 2 Certificate, so it is strongly recommended that you do not enrol for this unless you have studied the RHS Level 2 or an equivalent level 2 course. 

However, individual circumstances vary, so if you have strong industry experience and feel this is the right course for you, please contact us to discuss this.

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to study the two theory Certificates, The RHS Level 3 Certificate in Certificates in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation and the Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Construction and Planting, and work towards the  full RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture. 

An RHS Level 3 qualification is well respected in the horticultural industry and can help with career progression to a supervisory role for National Trust and many other employers.

After completing your studies at Level 3 you might want to consider the RHS’s own Master of Horticulture, a degree-level qualification which is suitable if you are already employed in horticulture with supervisory experience, or a horticultural degree at a British university.

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.