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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.

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Kew Apprentices in the Gardens

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

Exterior of Kew's Jodrell laboratory

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.

A group of interns jump for joy outside the Mansion at Wakehurst

Spend up to three months gaining practical work experience at one of the world's leading botanic gardens.

International diploma students laughing in the classroom

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 four international diploma courses.

Botanic Garden Education students taking part in an arts activity

The International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education, developed jointly by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), provides an opportunity for botanic garden educators to develop programmes within the context of international conservation and sustainability legislation and to try out a wide range of environmental education activities.

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