Landscape Operative (9125)

Last Updated: 04 Sep 2018

Product code 9125

Working and learning in the horticulture and landscape industries is rewarding, offering a diverse range of employment opportunities and includes a range of skills that are transferrable into many other industries. Landscape operatives work in public parks, green spaces, historic gardens, private gardens and estates or for contractors. Landscape operatives will primarily focus on the installation of features and structures, application of landscape materials as well as supporting site management, working outside throughout the year covering a range of practical tasks with specialist skills being learnt through progression.  A wide range of machinery and tools are used and additional training may be required depending on the nature of the works undertaken
Landscape operatives should have an interest in landscaping and an ability to demonstrate the importance and benefits of green space to society and the types of skills appropriate to different businesses and potential customer needs.



On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to pick up the skills, knowledge and behaviours set out in the standard. Apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship which must take place in the apprentice’s contracted hours. The training specification outlines the recommendations for this. The portfolio is not graded but will form the basis for the questioning during the professional discussion. The apprentice must collect supporting evidence throughout their final year to build up their portfolio. It is recommended that employers and training providers work closely to support the apprentice to gather evidence to include within their portfolio, such as a journal recording their experiences, formative written and practical tests, as well as employer appraisals.

End-point assessment

The end-point assessment will demonstrate that the apprentice can perform in a fully competent and productive way. The end-point assessment will contain three components – all components must be passed for the apprentice to meet the apprenticeship standard. The three components consist of;

  • Online knowledge test – This will be a one hour test containing 40 multiple-choice questions.
  • Synoptic practical assessment – Three practical activities taken under controlled conditions as well as verbal knowledge questions posed by the Assessor. The activities will be from a bank of tasks and will cover both skills and knowledge requirements.
  • Professional discussion – The apprentice, with support from the training provider and their employer, selects evidence from their final year that focuses on seasonal elements and can contain items selected or adapted from their portfolio. The discussion will be an hour long under controlled conditions and allow the apprentice to demonstrate their knowledge of different conditions, the requirements of different seasons, and different scenarios.

How to register

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1. If you’re an existing City & Guilds customer, go to Walled Garden and select the materials you need or register your apprentice for end-point assessment. (You may need to submit a request to deliver if you don’t yet have approval for that standard.)
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3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

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