This program provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully enter and succeed in the field of horticulture. The course is spent learning the theory in the classroom and practicing new skills out in the gardens.
Throughout the program, students participate in the maintenance and development of the Gardens at HCP, performing a variety of tasks common to each season. This includes garden projects, garden maintenance, design proposals and installations and greenhouse work. Students also take numerous field trips during the year to visit other local gardens and garden-related businesses, as well as offsite student work projects.
2023 Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program: January 16 to November 14, 2023
Opened for Applications: March 14, 2022
Deadline to Apply: November 1, 2022
Program Key Facts:
As this program is a trades program, the attendance and grade requirements are unique to meeting the Industry Training Authority (ITA) standards. All students are required to meet these standards.
Grades and Coursework:
Upon completion of the program, students receive a both a Pacific Horticulture College program completion certificate and the Industry Training Authority (ITA) Level 1 and 2 Landscape Horticulturist training levels. Students receive credit for the first two levels of apprenticeship training and 500 work-based training hours toward their Red Seal Certification.
PHC graduates are employed by landscaping companies, nurseries, garden centres, golf courses, municipalities and more. Graduates also work in food production and as landscape designers. Many PHC graduates also go on to start their own horticulture business. Graduates who want to obtain their Red Seal certification can go on to attend Level 3 and 4 of their Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship training.