Horticulture or Landscape Operative

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Horticulture or landscape operatives can be employed to work in public parks and gardens, green spaces and historic gardens, private gardens and estates or in production nurseries and retail outlets.

The Standard lays out in detail the knowledge, skills and behaviours a Horticulture or Landscape Operative needs to be successful in the role and industry. The assessment requirements are defined in the assessment plan. Assessment is designed to closely reference real work activity. This allows the apprentice to be assessed based on genuine work performance.

This Apprenticeship Standard has been designed by 18 leading employers, to make sure that it meets the needs of the sector.


Before EPA

Before end-point assessment, the Level 2 English and Maths components of the apprenticeship must be successfully achieved. In addition, a Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work and either a:

  • Level 2 Principles of Safe Handling and Application of Persticides Guidance; or
  • Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Pesticides

must be completed.

Assessed by

Apprentices are assessed by an end-point assessor, appointed by YMCA Awards.

We only work with experienced assessors who have current occupational expertise and knowledge of the area they are assessing.


The EPA consists of three distinct assessment methods, in this running order:

1. Online knowledge test:
a one-hour, 40 question multiple-choice test

2. Practical skills assessment:
observation of three essential skills completed over no more than six hours

3. Professional discussions:
an hour long competency-based discussion of evidence selected/adapted from the apprentice's portfolio


Grading is made up of three categories: Pass, Distinction and Fail. Each assessment is graded individually and then combined to determine the EPA grade.


Resources we offer to support the learner/training provider:

  • Hoticulture or Landscape Operative Y-Kit


Full EPA services £900 per learner

We have a specialist EPA team to help you navigate the world of apprenticeship assessments.

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