Construction, Business and Professional Practice Course for Landscape and Garden Designers

A Garden Design Course designed to help develop your business and fill in the gaps.

This is a mentored online course, for working landscape and garden designers, who lack the confidence or skills necessary to produce professional construction, business, technical, planning, safety and professionals practice documentation. Some garden designers don’t know how much to charge for their work, while others are struggling to set up and run a successful business. If  you are looking to build you business and improve your professionalism, then the Construction Business and Professional Practice Course is for you:

  • Are you a working designer who doesn’t have the confidence to produce your own detailed construction drawings?
  • Do you need to learn how to use the Vectorworks CAD package?
  • Can you produce detailed levels and drainage plans?
  • Do you need help writing a design specification?
  • Do you know how much you should be charging clients and when?
  • Do you understand how to submit planning and building Regs to local authorities?
  • Do you need help preparing contract documentation?
  • Can you estimate accurately the cost of your schemes prior to going out to tender?
  • Can you produce detailed tender documentations and oversee the tender process?
  • Can you supervise and oversee the construction and building?
  • Do you have the appropriate health and safety knowledge require to run a landscape design business?
  • Do you want to become a full member of the Society of Garden Designers (SGD) the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) or the Association of Professionals Landscapers (APL) but lack some key skills?

In addition to the above this courses will help you develop your business, teach you how to sell, deal with clients, generate leads, start a website, teach you how to market and advertise your business and become social networking guru. 

How it Works

You work and learn on your own projects while doing the course. Unlike the Diploma course the CBP course has all the lessons available at once so you can work through them at your own pace. This allows the student to concentrate on studying the areas that are most important to them first. For example if you need to design a drainage system for a terrace area with soak-away then you can take lecture GD1109 – GD1111

If you want to produce a set of cost estimates for a client you would look at GD1208 Or if you wanted to draw up full contact document specification and tender documentation you would take GD GD1206, GD1204, and GD1102

Mentoring & Tuition

This is a mentored course, allowing students daily access to Duncan Heather, who will act as their mentor on their own design projects.  He will help with every aspect of your business covering everything from how much to charge, to checking drainage plans and writing specification documents.  Student will get lifetime access to the online classroom and updated lectures as they come online. The course is designed to be completed within a 12 month period. You receive tutored support via our online classroom and phone App, so you can ask questions both in the office or while on site. (Usually getting a reply the same day). You will also have 12 months mentoring and access to our monthly webinars so Duncan can assess your assignments and discuss aspects of your business and progress on the course.

Awards & Assignments

To be awarded our Certificate of Completion you need to complete a series of detailed CAD constructions drawings (See GD600) with full specifications as well as submit a full working project of your choice with full construction details, contract documentation, and full specification documentation.

Modules & Lectures


Tennis Court Construction

Swimming Pool Design and Construction

Contour Manipulation

Standard Draft Specification

Steps and Ramps

Setting Out Plans

Piped Drainage and Soak-a-Ways

Specification Writing

Plan of Works

Surface Water Drainage

Irrigation Design

Land Drainage


Materials for Walls

Wall Design and Workmanship

Timber : The Material

Timber: Construction

Formal Water Gardens

Introduction to Stone

Garden Paths and Drives

Fences: Design and Function

Concrete for Garden Design

Technical Drawing

Levels, Survey and Setting Out

Natural Ponds & Lakes




Professional Practice and Fee Scales

Contract Law

Marketing for Garden Designers

Setting up a Design Business

How to Conduct the First Client Meeting

Costing Projects

Planning and Consents

Written Communication for Professional Practice

Telephone Technique

Site Safety and CDM Regs 2015



How to Build a web Presence part 1

How to Build a web Presence part 2



Free Standing Rendered Wall

Terrace and Retaining Wall

Introduction to the HLP Exercises

Steps & Arbours

Terrace, Pergola & Water Feature

Formal Pond

Raised Bed & Brick Pergola

Raised Brick Pond

Timber Jetty

Deck, Pond and Patio

GD1300 (Optional)


Introduction to Vectorworks for Landscape & Garden Designers (Click here for details)


NB. This course is tax deductible.

There are 2 options  One with Vectorwork Tuition included and the other without.

Courses Launch Date: Immediately on Sign up and start straight away
Cost: Option 1 £3995 +VAT without Vectorworks. Option 2 £4300 +VAT  with Vectorworks tuition
Tutor: Duncan Heather
Structure: Online course with on demand video lectures, online classroom, Marked Assignments and personal mentored tuition, feedback and support. Course work is based on your own current design projects. You work and study at the same time and work to your own timetable accessing lecture on-demand to suit your requirements
Duration: Approx. 400 hrs. of study
Student Profile: Working Landscape and Garden Designers.
Additional skills required: 2D Vectorworks

Contact Us

PO BOX4784
Oxon, RG9 9FE

+44 (0)1491 628950