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.
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A new course for horticulturists who want to do their professional training in short modules.
A one-year, full-time course to gain a certificate in everything affecting the care of trees, from the nursery to the arboretum
A one year, full time course to gain a specialist certificate in working in tropical glasshouses.
A one year, full time course to gain a specialist certificate in working in a kitchen garden cultivating a range of vegetables and fruit.
A one year, full time course to gain a specialist certificate in how to plant and maintain ornamental gardens.
A one year full time course for horticulture students to gain a specialist certificate in propagating seeds and plants.
Five 12-month courses for horticulturists wishing to specialise in a particular area – Arboriculture, Propagation, Display & Nursery Glasshouses, Ornamental Horticulture and Kitchen Garden Production.
The training programme of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership develops the specialised skills and knowledge needed to collect, conserve and manage ex situ seed collections. A combination of training activities are offered to partners, collaborators and other institutes, following a detailed 'training needs assessment' of existing experience.
Kew acts in partnership with various universities and other scientific institutions to organise a number of plant diversity and conservation MSc courses. As well as providing taught modules, Kew also offers research opportunities for students on these courses, enabling them to work alongside Kew’s specialist staff and contribute to ongoing projects.