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Qualification - Proficiency Award in Garden Nurseries

Course CodeVHT053
Fee CodePA
Duration (approx)500 hours
QualificationProficiency Award

Gain Skills for Nursery Work

Working in a Garden Nursery can be a rewarding and challenging career. If you would like to work in a garden nursery or improve your job prospects in your current job, then this course is a great starting point. Study the course by distance learning and learn more about growing, nursery hands and nursery sales. Complete a workplace project to increase your knowledge further in your own niche area or interests. Our tutors are here to help you every step of the way through this detailed and thorough course.

This course is useful for anyone working in, or wanting to work in -

  • garden centres
  • nurseries
  • gardens open to the public, such as Botanical Gardens, Stately homes etc
  • gardeners
  • horticulturalists
  • and more......


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Proficiency Award in Garden Nurseries.
 Nursery Growers Course VHT101
 Nursery Hands Course VHT102
 Nursery Sales Assistant VHT103

Note that each module in the Qualification - Proficiency Award in Garden Nurseries is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

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.  To complete this qualification, you are also required to complete a workplace project lasting 200 hours.  

    There are 4 options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  The options will be different dependent upon whether or not you currently work within the industry. The project can be work experience, voluntary experience, a project you carry out, other training you have already undertaken and there are other options. Don’t worry if you are not sure how to proceed at this stage, as your tutor will be there to discuss how to proceed and help you every step of the way.


Start a rewarding career in garden nurseries or improve your existing job by improving your knowledge and skills in garden nurseries.

Work with our tutors to gain the in depth and thorough knowledge that you require. 

Enrol at a time to suit you and study at a time to suit you. Continue to work while you learn.

Why delay? Enrol today and get started on a new and improved career path.

Meet some of our academics

Yvonne SharpeRHS Cert.Hort, Dip.Hort, M.Hort, Cert.Ed., Dip.Mgt. Over 30 years experience in business, education, management and horticulture. Former department head at a UK government vocational college. Yvonne has traveled widely within and beyond Europe, and has worked in many areas of horticulture from garden centres to horticultural therapy. She has served on industry committees and been actively involved with amateur garden clubs for decades.
Timothy WalkerB.A.(Botany), RHS.M. Hort., P.G.Dip.Ed.

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