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In early June 2018, the ITA sent out a letter to apprentices explaining the upcoming harmonization of the curriculum across Canada. This means that if you are partway through your training, you are strongly encouraged to “train out” and finish all 4 levels before the changes have all been phased in. Please send us an email ([email protected]) if you have questions about the changes and how best to complete your remaining apprenticeship training.


Alumni Profile - Laura Pike

Owner Operator

Graduation Year: Landscape Horticulture Certificate Program 2013 (Level 1&2), 2014 (Level 3), 2015 (Level 4) 

How did the program help you achieve your career goals? 

With no prior horticulture employment or education, I felt very well prepared to apply for entry-level positions, knowing I would be able to use what I had learnt to springboard me quickly to a successful career.  Upon completion of school, I was able to quickly obtain a position within a large company, and in just over one year I was managing both the gardening and maintenance divisions of the business. This then gave me the confidence to start my own small business, which is now thriving.

How did the program affect your approach to horticulture? 

Without attending the PHC, I don’t know if I would have been able to recognize the potential environmental effects when carry out projects, and the need to avoid environmental damage and promote healthier ecosystems.  I also wouldn’t have been able to apply the principles I learnt of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to my gardens.

Why would you recommend this program to others? 

When deciding to go back to collage for horticulture, the only sure thing I knew was that I wanted to get my hands back in the ground! I didn’t know exactly which direction I wanted to take, but knew with all the different specialized training in preparation for work in fields like landscape construction, garden maintenance, public works or just working for yourself, I knew I would find the right avenue to start down.  The hands-on learning, trained me on a variety of skill sets, and this is why I would recommend this program to anyone who knows which direction they want to go in the field or if they are unsure, they will at least know what choices they have by the end of the course.