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Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture

Duration 1 year
Code 5M2586
Location Botanics, Kildalton
Awarding Body QQI
Progression Advanced Certificate in Horticulture Higher Education Links Scheme to the Bachelor of Science in Horticulture
Location College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, and Kildalton Horticultural College
Application Apply Online Closing date: Midnight 10th August 2018
Maintenance Grant Teagasc Grant Scheme (Means Tested)


Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

There is no minimum educational entry requirement, but those who have completed the Leaving Certificate are likely to benefit most from it. Applicants must be over 17 years on 1 January following entry to the course. Applications should be made directly to the college of the applicant’s choice by the 1st June.

Course Aims

This introductory horticultural course is suitable for people who wish to:

  • Make their careers in horticulture
  • Access their area of preference in horticulture
  • Develop knowledge and skills in horticultural areas
  • Progress to an Advanced Certificate in Horticulture
  • Transfer to linked courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

There are various job opportunities for people with the skills which this course offers.


This course is currently provided at two horticultural colleges:

  • College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
  • Kildalton College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny

Course Structure and Content

The course consists of 28 weeks course work at a horticultural college and a four- week practical learning period with an approved horticultural unit. Course work concentrates on scientific and economic principles underlying horticulture and the application of these principles to particular enterprises. The four-week practical training period may be in garden centres, nurseries, amenity parks, golf courses or fruit and vegetable production units.

Students who successfully complete this one-year programme are awarded the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture. This course does not meet the training requirement for Stamp Duty Exemption.

Access and Progression

Students with this Level 5 award can progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture or may apply for the Higher Education Links Schemes - applicants should check with the relevant IT/University.