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Duration (approx) 500 hours
Qualification Proficiency Award

Horticulture Advanced Award Course

"A specialised qualification in horticulture".

  • Improve your job prospects in the horticulture industry.
  • Learn from our highly experienced and qualified tutors.
  • Study in your time at your own pace.

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Horticulture CPD Course

- a unique qualification offering you the opportunity to focus on the area of horticulture that suits you and your interests.


A Proficiency Award requires the completion of 3 modules and demonstration of 200 hours work experience.


This comprises a set syllabus consisting generally around 30 lessons that relate to a particular specialist theme. A Proficiency Award allows you to study subjects in a highly specialised area. You select and study three short courses of your own choice, which relate to each other (eg. Three crops or three landscaping short courses). In addition, you must complete 200 hrs of approved work experience before receiving the award. Approval of course structure must be obtained before enrolling.

You may choose your 3 modules from any three offered in our horticulture programs. They must however be each of 100 hr duration; and each needs to be with a course code starting with V or B (Note: Codes that start with "A" are considered only appropriate for adult/hobby education)

For all the modules available in horticulture, please click here.

Your choice must also be approved by a member of the academic staff.

Our tutors are happy to answer any questions you may have about module choices. 

You can start the course at any time.

It is studied by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. But this doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies.  Our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

How the Proficiency Award is Assessed

The Proficiency Award requires 500 hours of study. It is made up of three 100 hour modules and a workplace project.


To pass the course –

  1. Pass all assignments on the three 100 hour modules. There will be an assignment at the end of each lesson to submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
  2. Pass three examinations – one on each module. These are usually taken at the end of the module and can be arranged at a time and location to suit you.
  3. Complete a Workplace Project.  The project should last around 200 hours.  There are four options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  Don’t worry if you are not sure at this stage, your tutor will be there to help you every step of the way. This includes evidence of work experience or other studies or workshops, a research project or completion of Workshop I.


What This Course Can Do For You

The proficiency award is primarily designed for people who already have industry experience but would like a qualification to show for it. By taking the qualification you can focus on studying areas which you feel you would like to learn more about and thereby strengthen your knowledge. The course is adaptable so can suit people in a number of fields including:

Garden centres


General horticulture

Garden maintenance


Parks & gardens

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