Welcome to the RHS Qualifications Candidate Portal

Revised RHS Qualifications

The RHS is in the process of updating its qualifications. This is normal practice for any awarding organisation and ensures that qualifications remain relevant, accurate and up-to-date. We are working with employers, training providers and learners to ensure that we continue to offer interesting and relevant qualifications that provide high-quality gardening skills and knowledge, and prepare learners for employment in the current horticultural industry.


Initially, the new qualifications were going to be launched this year for delivery from September 2021. However, with the ongoing challenges and uncertainty of the pandemic and in consultation with our approved centres, the response indicated that the preference was to delay implementation until 2022. During this time, our existing suite of qualifications will continue to be delivered by our centres.


The updated qualifications are due to be submitted to the regulators (Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA for Northern Ireland) in 2021 for approval and we expect all Approved Centres to run our new qualifications from 2022.


We appreciate that some learners may have concerns about the validity of qualifications they have either fully or partially completed. We can confirm that no learner will be disadvantaged by the introduction of the new qualifications and will be able to achieve the qualification on which they have enrolled.


RHS Qualifications are working on the updated transition arrangements for Level 2 and 3 and these will be available once they are confirmed.


Important - please read


RHS February exams 2021
Due to the ongoing restrictions and uncertainty on when we will be able to gather groups of people for exams, the February exam session has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled for spring.

The regulators (Ofqual) are currently reviewing future arrangements for assessment for Vocational Qualifications and until such times as this consultation is complete and the outcomes available, we are unable to confirm exam arrangements for 2021.  However, if permitted to do so, we intend to run exams on 21-24 June and 4-7 October but it is important to note that with the ongoing situation and policy adjustment, this is subject to change.

We appreciate the ongoing concerns of learners who are part-way through a course and will provide an update as soon as possible.  

Practical qualifications and assessments

RHS Qualifications is currently implementing the Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework and many centres are offering remote assessments. Your centre should be in touch with you to update you on their plans.


Please note the following places of communication where we will update as the situation progresses;

·         on this portal

·         your centre

·         on the RHS website – click on this link https://www.rhs.org.uk/education-learning/qualifications-and-training/rhs-qualifications/theory-qualification-faq

·         on Twitter @RHSEducation – you do not need to have a Twitter account to view this page




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