Horticultural training and careers

Learning is very rewarding, and qualifications can add prestige to your skills and what you have to offer. Whatever area of the horticultural industry you work in, there will be a variety of training and learning experiences to suit your aspirations.

    Here are some providers of equipment certificates and licences, training and qualifications to consider.


    Whether you’re new to the land-based sector, looking to boost your career with new skills, find refresher training or simply get up to speed with the latest health and safety regulations, LANTRA are your one-stop-shop. They offer a range of flexible options including training only, assessed training, qualifications and e-learning. LANTRA courses

    City and Guilds

    City & Guilds qualifications are available in a number of land-based areas including horticulture, forestry and arboriculture, and floristry.
    They offer a great mix of practical skills and theoretical knowledge and include a rigorous and flexible assessment structure, ensuring they’re relevant for career progression or for progressing onto further education.

    You’ll learn at a College or with a training provider and gain practical experience that will give you an edge in the world of work. City and Guilds qualifications and apprenticeships

    RHS Qualifications

    Horticultural courses have been awarded by the RHS since 1893 and are widely recognised and respected within the horticulture industry. RHS Qualifications are designed, by the RHS, to provide learners with up-to-date horticultural information and practical skills which can be used for accessing or developing a horticultural career.

    RHS qualifications are designed to be studied part-time, over one year, covering modules from garden landscaping principles to plant growing and propagation. Students can learn at approved centres, such as colleges, or via approved distance learning providers, allowing you to train from the comfort of your own home. RHS qualifications and training

    Horticultural Colleges

    There are several colleges across the UK who provide horticultural courses and some that have horticulture as their main learning purpose. These colleges are always a good source of information and worth contacting with any queries you may have about course suitability and funding.

    Financial Support

    Perennial offers financial support to help both those already working in horticulture to build and develop their skills and careers, and also to horticultural students who are struggling to complete their course because of an unexpected or life-changing event. 

    There are lots of ways we can help on an individual basis. To find out more about the financial support we could offer you and whether you are eligible, it is best to complete our Service Contact Form or you can call us on 0800 093 8543. 

    Sadly, we can’t offer financial help towards business start-up costs or to support living costs whilst studying. We pay the training provider/college/supplier directly.

    Information on other grants and bursaries available

    A number of other organisations and charities financially support career and personal development in horticulture. Those listed below are a good place to start if you are looking for funding towards your journey of learning.  

    If you work in gardening, Perennial works in partnership with the Professional Gardeners Trust. They fund training and study for working gardeners in the UK and Ireland. So, if you are a gardener, please click here where you can find more information and apply for support  

    The Chartered Institute of Horticulture has compiled information on grants and bursaries available for horticultural projects, exchanges and travel – Chartered Institute of Horticulture – Bursaries and Grants.