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RHS (Level 2) Certificate in Practical Horticulture (1 Year)

Course Length: 1 Year Tutor: Kevin Tooher


About the Course

This practical course is recognised in the horticultural industry and focuses on developing essential horticultural skills, many employers see this as a pathway to employment.

Starts: (Daytime) Wednesday 15th September 2021 from 9.30am – 3pm.


Friday 17th September 2021 from 9.30am – 3pm.

Structure and Assessment

Whilst this course is more focussed on practical skills there is still a significant classroom element and there are a number of very short written tests taken under exam conditions (around 10 to 15 minutes).

The completion of the RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture level 2 and the Certificate in Practical Horticulture entitles you to the RHS level 2 Diploma.

Please be aware that with frequent assessments there is a need for regular attendance on the course. Learning will take place at both Coolings sites:

Who can apply?

The course has appeal for those working in horticulture looking to up skill, as well as a future career changer and interest to the hobby gardener.

What will I learn?

• Ground preparation for seed sowing
• Care and pruning of plants
• Sowing seeds and vegetative propagation techniques
• Soil testing
• Practical skills in establishing seeds and plants in soil
• Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases, disorders and beneficial organisms.

What should I bring each week?

Students will be told by the tutor once you’ve enrolled on the course.

How do I apply?

Please complete the booking form or contact Lesley Webster at Coolings Nurseries Ltd on 01959 532269 or email

Student numbers will be limited to each session so please book early to ensure a place.

If you are interested in any of our courses that are currently full please contact us to join the waiting list.  If there is sufficient interest then we will always consider running another course.

Please note:  Courses will only be cancelled if not viable to run.