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Apprenticeship training course

Horticulture and landscaping technical manager (level 5)

Build and manage parks, gardens, greenspaces and grounds.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • garden and outdoor manager and technical support manager
  • garden manager
  • greenspace manager
  • head gardener
  • horticultural project manager
  • horticultural site manager
  • horticultural technical manager
  • horticulture consultant
  • landscaping project manager
  • landscaping site manager
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Plans and carries out a site survey and research to include features (for example paths, structures), abiotic factors (for example aspect, climate), ecology, horticultural elements (for example plants, soils), community engagement and people (for example usage, access, experience).
  • Gathers site data through field and desk-based research methods.
  • Analyses and interprets survey results and other information, and proposes appropriate action.
  • Identifies biosecurity threats, selects and implements control or prevention measures.
  • Identifies plants and determines their suitability and cultural requirements. Formats plant names as per the International Code of Plant Nomenclature.
  • Develops a management plan to enhance and maintain a horticultural site, including health and safety, user requirements, risk assessment, prioritising, feasibility, interactions between elements and resourcing.
  • Interprets and implements operational work plans and manages resources in alignment with work plans (for example monitoring, and quality assurance).
  • Develops detailed work specifications and operational work plans incorporating input from internal or external colleagues to include waste management.
  • Designs a horticultural area in keeping with site, for example historic interest, style, existing features.
  • Creates design briefs for horticultural areas to be used as basis for a design, outlining objectives, site requirements, projected use, treatment of existing features and style.
  • Communicates ideas to develop areas on site in order to gain agreement from clients, managers or stakeholders.
  • Carries out an environmental impact assessment.
  • Manages waste and implement waste management plan, for example application of waste hierarchy, segregation, composting.
  • Manages water usage and hydrology for horticultural sites, for example drainage, mulching, irrigation.
  • Manages soil health, for example fertility, structure, micro-biology, avoiding compaction.
  • Manages plant health including mitigation of environmental factors, developing sustainable control methods, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Integrated Weed Management.
  • Selects communication method and communicates using a range of methods to technical and non technical audiences.
  • Promotes products or services identifying opportunities, audience and communication channels, generating written information.
  • Trains and mentors staff, contractors or volunteers.
  • Develops a business case to aid decision making and financial planning of future projects, including identifying audience and managing targets.
  • Prepares, reviews and analyses budgets, forecast and other profit and loss reporting including recommending efficiencies or improvements.
  • Develops an invasive species management plan, including objectives, environmental considerations, resources, legal considerations and implementation.
  • Manages people for example staff, contractors or volunteers.
  • Manages a horticultural project.
  • Provides customer service and manages relationships with customers and stakeholders.
  • Procures horticultural or landscaping products or services.
  • Assesses historic, cultural interest and values of the site and its features, their significance and implications for management for example archaeology, veteran trees, buildings and structures, and previous use.

Full information on Horticulture and landscaping technical manager (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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