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Kew Specialist Certificate in Display and Nursery Glasshouses

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


  • one year, 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 eg RHS Garden Wisely, Edinburgh Botanic garden, Eden project, National Botanic Garden Wales

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

Students will gain the following additional qualifications:

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

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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