Level 6- Garden Centre Operations (Component Award)


About the Module

The Teagasc horticulture college at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin and Kildalton College, Co. Kilkenny are offering a QQI Level 6 component award in Garden Centre Operations. The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to supervise operations in garden centres and other horticulture retail outlets. This course will lead to the component award at NFQ Level 6 in Garden Centre Operations (6N3609).

Who should Apply? 

This course is designed for current employees interested in deepening their scientific and applied knowledge of the retailing of plants and associated products. It is suited to those already working in the plant retailing industry who would like to improve their knowledge and career opportunities within the sector.


This award is a component part of the full-time Advanced Certificate in Horticulture programme offered at both colleges. On completion of this course students can undertake further part-time courses, such as Nursery Stock Production which is very complimentary to this Garden Centre Operations course.

Module Content
On completion of this module the students will be able to:
• Evaluate the retail market for garden plants and products

• Analyse garden centre layout and customer flow patterns

• Examine product display, promotion and public relations within the garden centre industry

• Explain the role of staff within garden centres

• Apply routine skills necessary to display merchandise and maintain stock

• Apply knowledge of a wide range of garden products and services with a view to providing professional customer service

• Support the line manager

Course Structure and Cost 

The course will be offered over a 16 week period commencing in early November in the National Botanic Gardens and January in Kildalton College. Students will attend their chosen college on one or two days per week. These days will include on-site visits to garden centres to support classroom learning. A number of assignments are developed around these industry visits. A work based project will also form part of the overall assessment. Please contact the college of your choice to access information on the precise mode of delivery and the current fees.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must complete an application form and submit it to the college of their choice by end of May. Applicants must have three years’ experience in a relevant area of horticulture or must hold a Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture and a letter of recommendation must be provided from their current employer. Applicants will be interviewed as part of the selection process.
Application forms are available from the College office, Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

Tel: 01-8040201 or Email: botanic.college@teagasc.ie

From the Teagasc website: www.teagasc.ie