Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program – Program Overview

Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program

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.

2024 Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program: January 15 to November 12, 2024

Opens for Applications: Now Open for Applications!

Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Program Key Facts:

  • The program runs from January to November with a total of 42 weeks
  • Full-time Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am -12:30 pm (28.5 hours/week)
  • Two weeks of Work Experience in August and September with local industry hosts
  • Two weeks of summer break in late June / early July

Graduation Requirements:

As this program is a trades program, the attendance and grade requirements are unique to meeting the SkilledTradesBC standards. All students are required to meet these standards.


  • Maintain a minimum of 90% attendance for the entire program
  • Maintain a minimum of 50% attendance for each individual course

Grades and Coursework:

  • Pass all courses with a minimum of 70%
  • Pass all Pass / Fail courses
  • All courses in the program must be passed to graduate from the program
  • Complete all coursework assigned
  • Successfully complete Practical Skills and Safe Work Practices

After Graduation:

Upon completion of the program, students receive a both a Pacific Horticulture College program completion certificate and SkilledTradesBC 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.