How to become a landscaper
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
- specialist courses run by a professional body
You may find it useful to build up your skills by doing a course, like:
- Level 1 Diploma in Skills for Working in Horticulture Industries
- Level 2 Certificate in Practical Horticulture
- Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Horticulture
- T Level in Agriculture, Land Management and Production
You may need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 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 can get into this job through a horticulture and landscape operative intermediate apprenticeship, which has 2 options:
- landscape construction
You could move onto a landscape supervisor advanced apprenticeship as you get more experience.
To become a landscaping project or site manager you could do a horticulture and landscaping technical manager higher apprenticeship.
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
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could start as an assistant landscaper and work your way up.
If you have some related work experience, this could help you to get an assistant job.
There are no formal requirements to be a landscaper, but most employers will expect you to have some horticulture knowledge and experience.
The Royal Horticultural Society offers courses which are suitable if you want to learn more about gardening, or if you want to get qualifications that will help you get a job in horticulture.
Professional and industry bodies
You can apply for membership of the British Association of Landscape Industries for advice, training support and details of job vacancies.
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