Kew Specialist Certificate in Display and Nursery Glasshouses

A one year, full time course to gain a specialist certificate in working in tropical glasshouses.

A wide shot taking in the whole Temperate House from above

Duration

1 year course

Overview 

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 programme involves:

  • working full-time within Kew glasshouses – Palm House, Waterlily House, Princess of Wales Conservatory and Tropical Nursery
  • undertaking two weeks of work experience or a travel scholarship related to display and nursery glasshouses

Coursework 

The coursework involves: 

  • attending the Kew Diploma lectures on Environmental controls and Propagation
  • completing a pest and disease project looking at a range of pests and diseases affecting  plants grown under glass
  • regular plant identification tests

Additional qualifications 

  • FEPA PA1 & PA6aw
  • Manual handling course
  • Health & Safety training
  • In-house tractor driving course

Salary 

  • £15,429 along with a book/equipment allowance of £725

Eligibility 

To be eligible for the course, applicants:

  • are expected to hold as a minimum a Level 2 qualification in Horticulture
  • should have six months* practical experience in a professional horticultural environment (*six months in total - not, for example, one day a week for six months)
  • must be computer literate with the ability to produce word-processed coursework
  • 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.
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