Kew Specialist Certificate in Orchid Cultivation

A one year, full time course for horticulture students to gain a specialist certificate in orchid cultivation.

Orchids at Kew


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.

This programme involves:

  • working full-time with the orchid collections in the display houses and behind the scenes in the Tropical Nursery. This includes helping with Kew’s annual Orchid Festival.
  • undertaking two weeks of work experience or a travel scholarship related to orchid cultivation.


  • attending the Kew Diploma lectures on Protected Cropping & Environmental Controls and Propagation
  • completing a Pest and Disease project looking at a range of P&D affecting propagated plants
  • regular plant identification tests

Additional qualifications

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


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



  • 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
A horticulturalist waters plants in the Temperate House

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