This is one of a new generation of certificates launched by the Royal Horticultural Society in June 2010 to replace older qualifications.

This vocationally-oriented course comprises core studies in general horticulture designed to lay a foundation for a long-term career in horticulture, but equaliy applicable to the keen amateur.

The course covers the second four units of the RHS Level II Certificate:

Unit 1 - Garden features, plant selection and planning.
Unit 2 - The choice, establishment and maintenance of garden plants and lawns.
Unit 3 - The production of outdoor vegetables and fruit.
Unit 4 - Protected environments and their use in plant cultivation.

The first part of the RHS Level II Certificate can be found here.

To obtain the certificate, awarded by the RHS in England, the student needs to sit and pass written exams conducted under supervision and assessed by the RHS. Exams can be arranged to be sat anywhere in the world and are offered twice annually; in February and June.

A separate fee applies for exams; set by and paid to the RHS. A network of exam centres are located across the UK for students located in the UK. For students located elsewhere; a provision is made for exams to be conducted "under arrangements for exceptional supervision".

Those who want only to study the subject without sitting an exam are free to do so.

Working with Colin Elliott, an experienced professional horticulturist and garden designer, this CD-based course is your route to this highly respected and widely recognised qualification. The course provides some 100 hours of study in 10 modules and 10 assignments.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Principles of Garden Design
  2. Conducting Garden Surveys and Planning
  3. Use of Hard Landscaping Features
  4. Use of Soft Garden Features
  5. Plant Establishment and Maintenance
  6. Pruning
  7. Lawns; Establishment and Maintenance
  8. Outdoor Food Production; Vegetables
  9. Outdoor Food Production; Fruit
  10. Protected Cultivation

Each lesson ends with assignments to test your knowledge and reinforce your learning; these are sent to your tutor for marking and comments.


Course cost: £ 345 (single payment)

OR 2 payments of £ 190

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