How to become a landscaper
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- a specialist training course
You could take a college course to get some of the skills you might need as a landscaper. For example:
- Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
- Level 3 Certificate in Landscape Construction
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horticulture
- T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You could do an apprenticeship, such as:
- Horticulture or Landscape Construction Operative Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
- Landscape or Horticulture Supervisor Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
These take between 2 and 3 years to complete.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could start as an assistant landscaper with a company and work your way up through training and promotion.
It might be helpful to have some related work experience when you apply for jobs.
There are no set requirements to be a landscaper. However, most employers will expect you to have some knowledge and experience in gardening or horticulture.
You could take a course with the Royal Horticultural Society to learn more about the industry or do a qualification that may help you to get a job.
Professional and industry bodies
You can apply to become a member of the British Association of Landscape Industries for professional development.
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