Horticulture (VTOS)

Certificate in Horticulture QQI Level 5 (5M2586) – 1 Year

This course is free for those over 21 and in receipt of a social welfare payment*. Click here for more information and to check eligibility.

This course is designed to incorporate both the theoretical and practical aspects of horticulture.  Our course looks at production and amenity horticulture and includes elements of design and commercial awareness.

horticulture at CDCFE

Course Content

  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science
  • Fruit and Vegetable Production
  • Plant Propagation
  • Work Practice
  • Plant Identification
  • Plant Protection
  • Organic Production / Principles
  • Communications

Entry Requirements

All VTOS applicants must be over 21 and in receipt of or a dependent of a Social Protection payment for at least 6 months before starting the course. Participation in a CE or FAS scheme counts in the calculation of six months once you must be in receipt of a relevant Social Protection payment immediately before starting the course.All applicants who present for this course will be given individual guidance by qualified tutors who are in a position to make recommendations as to what courses may suit their learning needs.


Certificate in Horticulture QQI Level 5 (5M2586)


Students may progress to Institutes of Technology. There will also be opportunities to pursue a small business venture providing produce to farmers markets and small retailers.

Career Opportunities

Potential employment opportunities in garden centres and parks and estate garden maintenance. Start your own gardening business. Employment in landscape design and construction.


1 year

How to Apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page.

Email caroline.farrelly@cdcfe.cdetb.ie or call 831 4677 for more information.