Specialist training - Continuing Professional Development
Browse Kew's continuing professional development courses for botanists, horticulturists and plant conservation specialists.
This one-week Botanical Nomenclature course, led by Kew specialists with extensive practical experience, covers the principles of plant nomenclature according to the International Code of Nomenclature.
In response to the demands of the wider plant conservation community for solutions-oriented training in skills and strategies supporting worldwide efforts to solve the biodiversity crisis, Kew offers a programme of international diploma courses in herbarium techniques, botanic garden management, botanic garden education and plant conservation strategies.
This new training initiative combines the expertise of scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to provide sessions on the identification of plant families and field survey techniques, and will demonstrate the latest appropriate field technologies. The importance of linking taxonomic, identification and survey skills with conservation initiatives will be elucidated using Kew case studies.
During the Wood Identification course, participants will look at many different types of wood, and find out how to distinguish them using features of their cells and tissues visible only under the microscope.
During this two-week Tropical Plant Identification course, Kew botanists share their expertise in identifying plants from the biodiversity-rich tropical regions of the world.
This practical two-week Vegetation Survey course, led by specialists from Kew's Botanical and Geographical Information Systems teams, offers an introduction to the techniques and technology available for classifying and mapping vegetation at regional and local scales. It is particularly designed for those carrying out surveys for conservation agencies or extractive industries.