East Malling Short Courses

By choosing EMSC for your training you are helping The East Malling Trust, contribute to the advancement of science for public benefit, primarily through the support of research and development in horticulture and agriculture.

East Malling Short Courses, established in June 2011, supplies professional training for land based industries, in particular fruit growers in Kent and the South East and for enthusiastic amateur gardeners who are interested in caring for their fruit trees.

EMSC also organises tours of the world famous Research Station and  of the historically renowned Bradbourne House, home of the East Malling Trust.


East Malling Assessment Centre, approved by City &Guilds (NPTC), was established in April 2017 as part of East Malling Short Courses.  This has been a natural progression for the training centre, which has grown to become successful and well regarded since its inception in June 2011.

NPTC was established more than 50 years ago as part of the City and Guilds Group it is the largest recognised awarding body within the environmental and land-based sectors for vocational qualifications.  Skills are assessed on the candidate’s experience, competence, technical knowledge and understanding resulting the in the candidate being assessed as ‘Competent’ or ‘Not Yet Competent’.

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Courses for the Professional and Amateur Gardener

There is a continuous need by employers for staff to obtain technical and statutory qualifications. EMSC aims to serve this sector and provide high quality training for legislative requirements. EMSC is a registered Lantra Awards approved Training Provider and can also provide training for a wide variety of NPTC certificates of competence.

We also offer workshops for the enthusiastic gardeners who want to learn to look after their fruit trees.

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History Tours of East Malling Research and Bradbourne House.

History Tours of East Malling Research with our local renowned historian. These tours will give you an interesting insight into the research station over the past 100 years. Find out how (NIAB) EMR has helped fruit production globally and helped shape the Garden of England into what it is today.

Let us guide you around Bradbourne House, a stunning Grade I listed building, revealing it’s often little known past which in parts dates back to Tudor times.

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