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Apprenticeship training course

Horticulture or landscaping supervisor (level 3)

Planning and maintaining large gardens, parks and other green spaces.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
30 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Plan and implement horticultural activities using techniques to protect and enhance the environment, biodiversity or heritage.
  • Plan and implement environmental mitigation measures for horticultural tasks, including protecting sites (for example aquatic environments, soils, plants, structures) from horticultural works, waste management planning, hazardous waste and pollution controls.
  • Plan the care of plants in different environments, including suitability for the site and providing irrigation and nutrition.
  • Identify biosecurity threats for a horticultural site (including main pests or diseases and their identification features) and implement and communicate phytosanitary and biosecurity procedures for the site in line with legal requirements.
  • Apply scientific plant naming conventions (including genus and species) to identify plants via physical inspection and without assistive resources.
  • Plan and implement planting activities in context of the stock type/ species and planting environment.
  • Assess hard structure or surface, evaluate hazards, damage and faults and rectify, report or maintain as required.
  • Assess soil type and quality (imported or natural), identify soil condition and recommend management regimes as required and appropriate to the site, including the prevention of damage from traffic and works.
  • Identify basic health threats and hazards for established trees.
  • Plan, quantify materials and implement turf or species-rich meadow surface installation.
  • Plan and supervise vegetation control (including formative, regenerative and maintenance pruning), selecting methods and equipment.
  • Implement project management skills, including project processes, planning and specifications.
  • Use digital tools to solve problems, plan, collaborate, communicate and keep records.
  • Develop a work plan to a specification.
  • Communicate using verbal and written communication skills.
  • Establish safe systems of work and comply with health, safety and welfare legislation, including basic risk assessment.
  • Supervise others (staff or volunteers ), including motivation, work prioritisation, quality, problem-solving, capability for task, establishing a safety culture and resource deployment.
  • Manage use of tools and machinery on site (including safety and record keeping) and carry out selection appraisals.

Full information on Horticulture or landscaping supervisor (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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