RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Plant Growth, Health and Applied Propagation

Course overview

This course is suitable for professionals who want to progress to technical and management positions in a range of horticulture and gardening areas, as well as keen amateurs. Classes involve a combination of theory and practical sessions which include moderate to heavy physical work using tools and equipment.

’You will study for both the practical and theory certificates throughout the year, with practicals being taught and assessed seasonally alongside the theory. You will be assessed through written examinations and practical assessments during classes.

You will need to provide the following to participate in this course: steel toe-capped safety footwear, secateurs, gardening gloves, notebook and pen. Please ensure you are vaccinated for tetanus before starting this course, if in doubt contact your GP.

You will learn

  • Plant taxonomy, structure and function
  • How to manage root environment, plant nutrition and growing systems
  • The management of plant health
  • Applied plant propagation
  • How to collect and test soil samples and specify adjustments
  • How to collect, prepare and propagate from seed
  • How to establish and maintain a range of plant types and forms
  • Plant, weed, pest disease and disorder identification
  • How to plan, collect, prepare and establish propagation material
Entry requirements

Successful completion of the RHS Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to undertake further RHS courses, and provide you with the confidence and skills needed for advanced careers in the horticulture industry.

Andrew's story

All of my courses have been run by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and inspiring teachers who encouraged me to do my best.