Certified Practising Horticulturist Programme (19th Intake) - POSTPONED

NOTE: In view of the latest advisory by Ministry of Health on tighter safe distancing measures, CUGE is taking the precautionary measure of suspending our programmes to safeguard our participants. The CPH programme scheduled on 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 30 April will be postponed. New course dates to be advised.

The Certified Practising Horticulturist (CPH) Programme is a professional recognition programme for practising horticulturists who wish to seek accreditation of their professional status. This programme serves to recognise professional competencies of personnel in the horticulture industry and as continuing professional development for horticulture practitioners. Candidates who have successfully achieved certification will be registered as a Certified Practising Horticulturist with National Parks Board, Singapore and is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Horticulture. Certification will provide a means to identify professionals with a thorough knowledge of horticultural practices. 

The CPH Programme comprises of 10 domains: 

  1. Introduction – applying the concept of ‘Integrated Plant & Landscape Health’
  2. Plant science
  3. Soil science
  4. Water cycles and systems
  5. Nutrition of plants and soils
  6. Diagnosis of plant health
  7. Evaluating a site
  8. Principles of design
    • 8A. Selection of plants
    • 8B. Selection of landscape materials
  9. Project management
  10. Developing a maintenance programme


Interested applicants should meet the following entry requirements:

  1. A relevant degree in horticulture or related discipline (e.g.: botany) or Diploma in Horticulture in Landscape Management or Diploma in Ornamental Horticulture with at least 5 years of direct work experience in horticulture / landscape industry. OR
  2. Attained a WSQ Diploma or Advanced Certificate in Parks Reserves and Gardens or Trade Certificate in Landscaping Practices with at least 5 years of relevant working experience in horticulture / landscape industry. Applicants must show evidence of horticulture work experience honed from projects. OR
  3. Those with no related qualification but with many years of horticulture experience must submit a referee report* to attest to applicant's horticulture experience in the landscape industry. 

*Applicants are to provide a referee report to attest to the applicant's working experience. Referees are expected to be industry practitioners with at least 10 years of relevant experience and must show proof that they have worked with or supervised the applicants. 


This 14-day full-time and intensive programme is spread over 3 months. Dates for the sessions are detailed below. Assessment will be held after the training, providing sufficient time for candidates to review and revise the curriculum to prepare for assessment. Candidates are expected to attend the CPH programme with at least 75% attendance. 


  • Classroom lecture
  • Assignment
  • Field trips
  • Hands-On

Experienced horticulture practitioners who meet entry requirements.

Trainers are locally-based horticulture practitioners who are either Certified Practising Horticulturist or subject matter experts. 


Full fee (Inclusive of GST): $3,541.70

Fees include provision of training, assessment materials, tools and equipment and refreshment. Terms and conditions apply. 

Course dates may be obtained HERE. For course registration, please refer to HERE.