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Gardening Qualifications

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City and Guilds / NPTC

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Royal Horticultural Society

Womens Farm and Garden Association

City & Guilds / NPTC

NPTC became part of the City & Guilds Group in 2004 and together they form the UK's largest awarding body in the land-based sector encompassing agriculture, horticulture, forestry, animal care, conservation, machinery and more. NPTC's aim is to promote competence and professionalism in the workforce of the land-based and related industries by the encouragement of continuous learning and the recognition of skill.

NPTC creates qualifications that reflect the industry's needs, working closely with Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for land-based training and education. NPTC qualifications range from entry level to degree level. Many give workers vital licences to practice in their industry. As well as creating and assessing mainstream qualifications, NPTC creates awards tailored to particular companies. This helps workers in niche businesses to achieve the level of qualification they deserve.

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