Kew Specialist Certificate in Display and Nursery Glasshouses

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

The Temperate House, RBG Kew

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
  • a two week exchange with students from other horticultural establishments that have significant Display and Nursery glasshouses e.g RHS Garden Wisely, Edinburgh Botanic garden, Eden project, National Botanic Garden Wales

 

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 P&D affecting plants grown under glass

Additional qualifications 

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

Salary 

  • £14,255, which includes a book 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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