Nursery Sales Assistant Online Course

Nursery Sales Assistant Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

  • Study, Learn and Work in a Plant Nursery
  • Improve your ability to sell plants and associated products

This course was developed in response to a request from a retail nurseryman who was finding it difficult to find staff with appropriate skills. As he put it, job applicants were either over qualified or lacked the basic skills needed: to be able to identify plants, advise customers on their use and to understand some basic sales techniques and procedures.

Why study this Nursery Sales Assistant course?

Careerline’s online Nursery Sales Assistant is designed to help current and aspiring nursery retail employees to improve their nursery and plant retail skills. Nursery retail jobseekers, current nursery sales assistants, and nursery managers alike will find the skills taught in this course valuable. The modules in this course provide an overview of plant care, plant identification, and nursery retail sales techniques, ensuring you or your employees build workplace-relevant skills.

Whether you are an employer looking for a training package for your staff or a jobseeker hoping to upskill before applying for nursery sales positions, this course will help you achieve your goals. As well as plant identification and plant care, this beginner-level course will allow you or your employees to develop customer service and communication skills that are specific to nursery and plant retail.

What will you learn?

Over five lessons, this online Nursery Sales Assistant course will provide you or your employees with the sales skills and plant knowledge needed to succeed in nursery retail.

Students learn how to identify plants, introducing them to plant classification and providing resources for pronouncing plant names. You or your employees will develop basic nursery sales skills, including dealing with different types of customers and opening and closing sales.

In addition, students will develop a deeper understanding of basic plant care, such as planting techniques, plant nutrition, soil, and pest management. You or your employees will learn how to select appropriate plants for different purposes and locations. The last lesson in this course teaches sales assistants how to advise nursery customers effectively, including the importance of excellent communication skills, knowing the product, and plant placement.

Who is this online Nursery Sales Assistant course for?

Careerline’s online Nursery Sales Assistant course is ideal for nursery retail jobseekers and current nursery sales assistants. If you are a jobseeker, studying this course will give you an advantage over other applicants for nursery sales and general retail positions. Current employees will be better equipped to expertly assist their customers with plant selection, as well as communicate professionally and convert sales. The skills taught in this course improve career prospects and set nursery businesses up for success.

This course is also ideal for anyone with an interest in pursuing further study in retail, horticulture, agribusiness, marketing, or management.

Course Aims:

  • Identify a sales opening.
  • Identify and demonstrate how to ‘close’ a sale.
  • Demonstrate a range of sales skills in a horticultural workplace
  • Identify a range of different plants, based on their flower and leaf structures.
  • Describe the importance of effective communication and sales techniques in the retail nursery industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to care for plants, both in the garden and in the nursery.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate plant selection for a range of different sites.
  • Identify a range of plant health problems and describe appropriate chemical and non-chemical control methods to control those problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of nursery products.
  • Describe the importance of plant placement in the retail nursery.


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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

    There are 5 lessons in this course:

    Introduction to Plant Identification

    • Understanding plant classification and pronunciation of plant names.

    Basic Sales Skills

    • Different customer types.
    • Communication skills to sell.
    • How to open and close a sale.

    Caring for Plants

    • Planting techniques.
    • Understanding soils.
    • Plant nutrition.
    • Pest management.

    Selecting the Right Plant for the Right Place

    • How to create different affects and moods using plants.

    Advising Customers in a Nursery

    • Developing good communication skills.
    • Knowing your product.
    • Plant placement.

    When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.