Kew Specialist Certificate in Kitchen Garden Production

A one year, full time course to gain a specialist certificate in working in a kitchen garden cultivating a range of vegetables and fruit.

Autumn's pumpkins in our Kitchen Garden


1 year

About the 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’s Kitchen Garden
  • undertaking two weeks of work experience or a travel scholarship related to kitchen garden production. 



  • attending the Kew Diploma lectures on Protected Cropping & Environmental Controls and Garden History
  • regular plant identification tests

  • completing a pest and disease project looking at a range of pests and diseases affecting fruit and vegetable plants 

Additional qualifications 

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


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


Applicants are expected as a minimum: 

  • to hold a Level 2 qualification in horticulture
  • to have six months* of practical experience in a professional horticultural environment (*six months in total - not, for example, one day a week for six months)
  • to be computer literate, with the ability to produce word-processed coursework
  • a good working knowledge of the English language is essential and evidence to that effect will be requested
  • applicants from overseas will be considered, and acceptance is subject to a Work Permit being granted for non-EU nationals
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