Kew Specialist Certificate in Arboriculture

A one-year, full-time course to gain a certificate in everything affecting the care of trees, from the nursery to the arboretum.

The Arboretum


1 year


This course is perfect for horticulturists wishing to specialise in a particular area of horticulture by spending a full year within that area of specialism.

Open to horticulturists anywhere in the world who would like to come to Kew to undertake some professional training in some of Kew’s unique plant collections.This course runs from September to September.

The course involves: 

  • working full-time within the Kew Arboricultural team and with the Arboretum Nursery team

  • a two week exchange with another arboriculture student from another horticultural organisation eg RHS Garden Wisely, Westonbirt Arboretum, Windsor, or a National Trust garden



  • attending the Kew Diploma lectures on Arboriculture
  • completing a Pest and Disease project looking at the P&D affecting trees in the UK

Additional qualifications 

Students will gain the following additional qualifications: 

  • FEPA PA1 & PA6aw
  • Tractor driving
  • Manual handling course
  • Health & Safety training


  • £19,582 per annum, plus a £725 book and equipment allowance


  • applicants are expected as a minimum to hold a Level 2 qualification in Arboriculture and have the following Arboriculture certification: CS30 & CS38
  • should have six months* practical climbing experience in a professional arboricultural environment (*six months in total – not, for example, one day a week for six months)
  • applicants should be computer literate with the ability to produce word-processed coursework
  • applicants from overseas are considered, and acceptance is subject to a work permit being granted for non-EU nationals. A good working knowledge of the English language is essential and evidence to that effect will be requested
A horticulturist waters plants in the Temperate House

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