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Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture

Duration 1 year
Code 6M4334
Location Botanics, Kildalton
Awarding Body QQI
Progression Bachelor of Science in Horticulture Level 7
Location College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, and Kildalton Horticultural College
Application Apply Online
Maintenance Grant Teagasc Grant Scheme (Means Tested)

Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

Applicants must have a Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture or equivalent. Applications should be made directly to the college of the applicant’s choice by the 1st June.

Course Aims

The course, which is a progression from the Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture, is accredited by QQI. This course provides students with the opportunity to acquire management knowledge and skills to effectively manage and carry out day-to-day tasks and long-term management of commercial horticultural enterprises. The course is suitable for those:

  • Seeking employment as surpervisors, technicians, unit managers
  • Seeking employment in the horticultural business service sector
  • Transferring to Year 2 of the BSc Horticulture offered by Waterford IT

This is a follow on course from the Teagasc delivered Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture course. Each of the colleges which deliver Level 5 course work offer successful students the opportunity to follow the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture course.

The course will be offered in four main streams of learning: Food Production, Nursery Production, Landscaping and Sports Turf depending on student demand. Students complete one of the four streams.

Students will spend 16 weeks of practical learning on approved horticultural units within the industry directly linked to their chosen learning stream. This will enable students to learn the management and manual skills associated with their chosen specialism.

Sixteen weeks are also spent at the College. The emphasis during this course is both on the development of business and management skills and also on developing proficiency in a range of skills associated their chosen stream of learning.

Students who successfully complete this programme are awarded the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture. This meets the training requirements for Stamp Duty Exemption and DAFM Schemes.


The course is provided at two horticultural colleges:

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


Progression is available through the higher education links scheme.
Please contact the relevant higher education institute for further information.