LEVEL 1 & 2 LANDSCAPE HORTICULTURIST PROGRAMS

If you want to start a career in horticulture but are unable to study full-time, PHC also offers part-time Level 1 and 2 apprenticeship training programs. In addition to gaining valuable knowledge and skills, these programs will prepare you to write the ITA provincial exams and work towards completing your full apprenticeship. After successful completion of Levels 1 and 2, you may choose to take Levels 3 and 4 if you wish to pursue the full apprenticeship and inter-provincial Red Seal qualification.

Levels 1 and 2 are each offered over four to five months on a part-time basis (normally two evenings per week and some Saturdays). Each program includes both classroom and practical components. Tuition for each level is $1,500* (including program resource binder), plus a $20 non-refundable application fee. You must provide your own personal protective equipment (boots, gloves, goggles, earplugs, and rain gear) and purchase required textbooks (approximately $100).

(*Fees are subject to change. Please check with the PHC office for current fees.)

Admission Requirements:

  • Application Form (Level 1 form HERE and Level 2 form HERE)
  • Current Resume
  • For Level 2 applicants only: Proof of successful completion of Level 1 technical training
  • $20 Application Fee (payment can be made via cash, debit, credit or e-transfer; non-refundable)

Please note: To apply for Level 1 or 2, you must be a sponsored apprentice in the trade with a current TWID number.

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Upcoming Level 1 and 2 Programs:

PART-TIME Level 1: January 21 to June 5, 2019

Program Details: Part time; Monday and Wednesday evenings (6-9pm) with occasional Saturdays

Topics covered in the Level 1 program include Safety, Tools and Equipment, Organize Work, Communication Skills, Botany, Plant ID, Soils, Grading & Drainage, Turf, and Softscape Maintenance.

Application Deadline: January 7, 2019

PART-TIME Level 2: January to May 2019 (exact dates TBA)

Program Details: Part-time; Two evenings per week (6-9pm) with occasional Saturdays

Topics covered in the Level 2 program include Tools and Equipment, Organize Work, Botany, Plant Identification, Soils, Pre-Construction Activities, Hardscape Installation and Maintenance, and Softscape Installation and Maintenance.

Application Deadline: TBA

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Comparison of the Full Time Foundation Certificate Program and the Part Time Level 1 and 2 Programs:

Foundation Certificate Program*Apprenticeship Level 1 and 2
Program Length: 10 months, full-timeProgram Length: 4-5 months per level, part-time (Two evenings per week plus occasional Saturdays)
Number of Hours: 1,150 (500 hours credited towards apprenticeship)Number of Hours: 180 per level
Requires a sponsor: NoRequires a sponsor: Yes
Courses: core Level 1 and 2 courses plus additional courses (e.g. Landscape Design, Sustainable Food Production, Irrigation)Courses: core Level 1 and 2 courses only
Cost: $5,860 plus application fee, textbooks, practical work gearCost: $1,500 plus application fee, textbooks, practical work gear

* Please note the Foundation Certificate Program is not available part-time due to the nature of the program.

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Completion Requirements:

  • Minimum 80% overall attendance in the program
  • Minimum 70% average grade in the program
  • Complete all assigned course work

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Please email [email protected] or call 250-479-3210 if you have any questions or are interested in taking the Level 1 or 2 programs.