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
  • 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. HCP can sponsor a limited number of students for the duration of the program only – please contact us for more information.

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Upcoming Level 1 and 2 Programs:

PART-TIME Level 2: August 9, 2021 to December 15, 2021

Admission Requirements:

Must be a registered and sponsored apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) in the Landscape Horticulturist trade. Must have successfully completed Level 1 of the apprenticeship program, or equivalent as approved by the ITA.

To apply for the program applicants are required to complete and submit the following:

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

Course Fees:

Application fee* – due with application $20.00

First tuition instalment – $850.00

Second tuition instalment – $650.00

*Application fee is non-refundable. A weekly interest charge of 8% will be applied to late fee payments.

Courses: Botany, Soils, Tools and Equipment, Plant Identification, Softscape Maintenance, Hardscaping, and Pruning

Application Deadline: July 19, 2021

 

This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.

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PART-TIME Level 1: January 2022 to May 2022

*Opening for Applications: June 21, 2021

Admission Requirements:

Must be a registered and sponsored apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) in the Landscape Horticulturist trade.

To apply for the program applicants are required to complete and submit the following:

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

Course Fees:

Application fee* – due with application $20.00

First tuition instalment – $850.00

Second tuition instalment – $650.00

*Application fee is non-refundable. A weekly interest charge of 8% will be applied to late fee payments.

Courses: Safety, Tools and Equipment, Botany, Soils, Plant ID, Grading and Drainage, Turfgrass Management, Plant Health, Softscape Maintenance, Communication Skills

Application Deadline: January 10, 2022

 

An application for approval has been submitted to the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. The submission is currently being reviewed and approval has not yet been received.

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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-time Program 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: No Requires 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: $5,940 plus application fee, textbooks, practical work gear Cost: $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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Refund Policy for Level 1 and Level 2 Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship Training programs: 

The following refund schedule applies to the first tuition instalment if the student withdraws from the program:

Notice of withdrawal*                                                                        Tuition fee refund

42 days (6 weeks) to 15 days prior to start of program                                95%

14 days to 8 days prior to start of program                                                       50%

7 days or less prior to the start of program                                                     30%

Up to 14 days after program start date                                                            30%

15 or more days after program start date                                                          0%

 

The following refund schedule applies to the second tuition instalment if the student withdraws from the program:

Notice of withdrawal*                                                                        Tuition fee refund

Up to 14 days after second tuition instalment due date                               30%

15 or more days after second tuition instalment due date                           0%

*Notice of withdrawal must be submitted in writing or by email.

Note: PHC reserves the right to cancel this program 1 week prior to the start date should there be insufficient enrolment. In this event, a full refund, including the application fee, will be provided to those who have enroled in the program.

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.