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Kew Specialist Certificates in Horticulture

12-month courses in Arboriculture, Propagation, Display & Nursery Glasshouses, Ornamental Horticulture and Kitchen Garden Production.

Certificate information

Kew Specialist Certificates are 12 month, salaried training (currently £14,255, which includes a book allowance of £725). 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.

The individual modules are:


  • Applicants are expected, as a minimum, to hold a Level 2 qualification in Horticulture (The Arboricultural option candidates must hold a Level 2 qualification in Arboriculture and have the following Arboriculture certification: CS30 & CS38).
  • Have six months* practical experience in a professional horticultural environment (or arboricultural enviornment for the arboriculture option).
  • Be computer literate with the ability to produce word-processed coursework.

*six months in total – not, for example, one day a week for six months.

Applicants from overseas will be considered, and acceptance is subject to a work permit being granted for non-EU nationals. In order to attend these courses at Kew, students from outside the European Economic Area will need to apply for a visa from the UK Border Agency to enter the UK. 

A good working knowledge of the English language is essential and evidence to that effect will be requested.