Training Services

Horticultural Initiative 

The Horticulture Initiative in Ballybeg Community Development Centre is running full time, QQI Level 4 Certified courses.

This level 4 is in progression to a QQI Level 5.

All of these courses are funded by the Education and Training Board.

We are presently taking Applications now, with start date scheduled for the New Year. See below for details about our upcoming open day.

The Horticulture Initiative courses enable students to discover the gift that is Horticulture, equip them with the necessary skills & practices, with tangible outcomes in the shape of QQI Certification.

Application forms for Level 5 Application are here.

Please call us on 051 350100 for further information on the following courses:


Accredited Training

Skills Acquired

Our courses will teach you:

  • How to identify the PH level of soil
  • The tools and equipment you will need to grow vegetables and flowering plants
  • Growing techniques
  • Pest control
  • Preparing your site for growing
  • Seed sowing
  • Planting out
  • Growing in pots
  • Maintaining your produce
  • Harvesting your crop
  • Health & safety

Our Trainers

All our trainers have a Train the Trainers qualification.


Open Day

Ballybeg Horticulture are having an open day on 11th September at 12pm in the Parish Centre, Ballybeg. We are recruiting for our new Level 4 course in Horticulture which will start in early February.

If you know anyone who has in interest in Horticulture, could you please recommend that they come along and see what our course has to offer them?

Here are a list of modules we will be covering over the term of our course:

  • Plant identification
  • Safe Horticultural Practice
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Information Technology Skills
  • Horticulture Science
  • Plant Propagation
  • Growing Vegetables
  • Establishing Tree and Shrubs

This is a full-time course over a 48 week period. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact 086-0756904.