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Horticulture, plant science and conservation training courses

Kew offers a comprehensive programme of specialist training courses for students in higher education, teachers at all levels, and for botanists, horticulturists and plant conservation specialists in search of CPD (continuing professional development). 

The diverse plant collections held at Kew and Wakehurst, along with Kew’s world-renowned botanical library and illustrations, excellent laboratory facilities and specialist staff, provide an exceptional learning resource for students.

Kew works with partners around the world to develop regional training courses outside of the UK covering many different aspects of plant conservation.

Use this page to browse our courses.

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Looking towards the Palm House from the woodland garden

This one-day course is presented by Kew scientists and Philip Harris.

The Millennium Seed Bank building

This one-day course is presented by Kew scientists and Philip Harris at Wakehurst in Sussex.

Students learn about plant taxonomy and identification

This course draws on the expertise of scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to provide training in the identification of plant families and in field survey techniques, and to demonstrate the latest appropriate field technologies.

Kew Apprentices in the Gardens

Sign up for our three-year practical horticulture course with day release option.

Kew's Jodrell laboratory was expanded to include new sections for physiology and biochemistry. In 1994 it tripled in size again.

Our bioscience evening will showcase biological practicals and resources aimed at enhancing the delivery of the Biology curriculum at both GCSE and A Level.

Photo of course 2010 participants in a classroom

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.

Participants studying in a lecture

Kew's Conventions and Policies team (CAPS) offers half- or full-day training courses covering implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). These courses can be tailored to meet the specific needs of the course participants.

A photograph being taken of the graduates in Kew's Grass Garden

Study for the world’s foremost qualification in botanical horticulture.

Library Reading Room in Kew's Herbarium

Each year, the Library and Archives offers two twelve-month paid traineeships for graduates interested in careers in librarianship or in archives administration and records management. Kew has one of the world’s most important plant science libraries and archives.

Inside Kew's Palm House

The three-year Kew Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship has been developed to support the Temperate House Precinct Restoration Project.

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