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  • Welcome to the Land Based Learning (LBL) course on the Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture

    This course has been designed for you to complete at a pace that suits you, it is a blended learning course meaning you study at home in your own time, for certification you will need to register with your local LBL College for teaching sessions and assessment. 

    You may browse the course materials for free, just click on the course category and open the module you wish to view and complete to give you an understanding of the course content . Additionally if you would like to register for this course please do so below by clicking the link and selecting your chosen LBL member College. 

    Course Overview

    The Level 3 Certificate in Practical Horticulture focuses on developing essential horticultural skills. These not only offer opportunities for employment but provide the foundation for further skills development. This practical-based qualification is designed to provide the horticultural skills needed for career development to supervisory or management roles, or to further develop your interest.

    Entry Requirements
    Whilst there are no formal prerequisites for entry to the qualification, it is recommended that students who undertake this qualification have obtained the RHS Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture or have equivalent experience before they commence the course. Supporting literacy levels would be an advantage, for those with additional needs please disclose at registration with your college to allow for support arrangements and assessment access requirements to be made for you. 

    Each unit will be assessed by means of a range of practical activities timetabled and assessed within an approved centre. They will cover all learning outcomes specified in the unit. Your selected approved centre will provide further details.

    Whilst access to these materials is free, the price for the registered course, is dependent on individual circumstances will be provided by your selected college provider.

  • Register for this qualification

    To register for the qualification, click the link below.

  • Health and Safety

    • Complete or pass the activity

      Health and Safety is an important factor in the horticultural industry, as indeed it is in our everyday lives. Most accidents and injuries are avoidable, and most Health and Safety rules and regulations are based on common sense, as well as an assumption that people act responsibly and reasonably.

  • Collecting and testing of soil samples

    This unit provides you with the knowledge and skills to collect and test soil samples and to specify adjustments for horticulture.
  • Collecting, Preparing and Propagating from Seed

    This unit will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required for planning and managing the propagation of plants from seed.
  • Establishing and maintaining a range of plant types and forms

    This unit provides you with the knowledge and skills to plant a tree; to carry out maintenance pruning and training on a range of plants; and to provide aftercare to promote growth and fruition.
  • Identification of a range of common garden plants, weeds, pests, diseases and disorders

    This unit provides you with the knowledge required to identify and describe a range of common garden plants, weeds, seeds, pests, diseases and disorders.
  • Planning, collecting, preparing and establishing propagation material

    This unit provides you with the knowledge and skills to collect, prepare and establish propagation material in a growing environment.
  • Management of green spaces, landscaped areas and ornamental gardens

    This unit provides you with the knowledge and skills to assess the management requirements of horticultural areas; to produce management and maintenance plans for specified periods of time; and to monitor and maintain the health, safety and security of the work area.