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East Malling Short Courses


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 also for enthusiastic amateur gardeners who are interested in caring for their fruit trees.

East Malling Short Courses is part of The East Malling Trust.

The primary objective of the Trust is the advancement of science for public benefit, primarily through the support of research and development, particularly in the fields of horticultural and other plant-based disciplines.

Find out more about The Trust here.


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The excellent facilities at NIAB EMR and the expertise of their staff have been instrumental in the success of the Short Courses Training Department. East Malling Short Courses is a registered Lantra Awards approved Training Provider. Its reputation is growing and interest in our courses has been very high. EMSC remains sensitive and responsive to the needs of local businesses. It is forming links to become more involved with their training requirements.

East Malling Assessment Centre


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 candidates experience, competence, technical knowledge and understanding resulting the in the candidate being assessed as ‘Competent’ or ‘Not Yet Competent’.

East Malling Assessment Centre is located on the picturesque East Malling Research Centre site. It is within easy access of the M20 motorway, East Malling train station and is situated a few miles west of Maidstone. It boasts its own classroom, which is available to other organisations to hire and it is also set up to be used for computer assessments as required.

The Centre works with a wide experienced team of trainers and NPTC approved assessors, who are all audited by external verifiers working within this industry.  We offer a wide range of courses, which can then be independently assessed.

Please contact us if you are interested in training,  booking an assessment or becoming an assessor.

A description of each schedule can be downloaded from www.nptc.org.uk


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Short Courses for the Amateur Gardener :

In addition to the technical and legislative training, East Malling Short Courses is also offering workshops for the amateur gardener. These will take place in the Hatton Fruit Garden; formerly the kitchen garden of the Grade 1 listed Bradbourne House.

Plantings in the Hatton Fruit Garden were inspired by the fruit plantings in Louis XIV kitchen garden at Versailles.

Amateur training workshops will focus on seasonal pruning, how to plant and establish your fruit trees and bushes. For the more adventurous amateur gardener there will also be a session on grafting.

Through these classes you will learn how to manage a fruit crop in a small area, how to control your tree growth and what to do when things appear to get out of hand.

EMSC is a LANTRA Awards Approved Training Centre
EMSC is a LANTRA  Awards Approved Training Centre

Short Course Training For Businesses:

There is a continuous need by employers for staff to obtain technical and statutory qualifications. East Malling Short Courses aims to serve this sector and provide high quality training for legislative requirements. These may include areas such as pesticides application, forestry and arboriculture training, first aid, forklift, tractor driving, chainsaw and plant husbandry. EMSC is a registered Lantra Awards approved Training Provider and can also provide training for a wide variety of NPTC certificates of competence. East Malling Short Courses intends to be highly responsive to the industry’s training needs and increase its portfolio of courses as governed by demand.

Due to the large range of pesticides sprayers located on site at NIAB EMR, the outstanding associated facilities and available land, it is hoped to develop a centre of excellence for pesticides safety training in Kent and the South East.

Find out more about our Forestry and Arboriculture Courses.

Find out more about our Pesticides Application (Spraying) Courses.

Vehicular Training for Businesses

IPAF, LANTRA, ITSAR, RTITB, CPCS accreditation, in-house or refresher training is available.

Prices are quoted on an individual basis according to your needs and dates are flexible to fit in with your busy work schedule. Training can be carried out on our premises at East Malling Research or at a suitable venue of your choice.

Call us today to see how we can help you

01732 523755 or email info@emsc.org.uk

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