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


1 year course


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 – which can include the Palm House, Waterlily House, Princess of Wales Conservatory, Temperate House and Tropical Nursery
  • undertaking two weeks of work experience or a travel scholarship related to display and nursery glasshouses


The coursework involves: 

  • attending the Kew Diploma lectures on Protected Cropping & Environmental Controls and The Management of Living Collections
  • 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


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


To be eligible for the course, applicants:

  • are expected to hold a Level 2 qualification in horticulture, or equivalent (such as a PGG traineeship or HBGTP)
  • should have as a minimum 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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