Note: This trade is transitioning to a Pan-Canadian Harmonized program, so it is important that Apprentices understand how that impacts their program path. Details on the transition can be found via the Industry Training Authority link, or contact your trainer for the most current updates.
Landscape Horticulturists identify, propagate, cultivate, grow and maintain plants, and manage injured and diseased trees and plants. They create and modify landscapes by measuring, designing, and interpreting plans, then constructing and maintaining gardens, parks, golf courses and other landscape environments. Landscape horticulturists install and maintain hard landscape elements such as retaining walls, patios, walkways and water features. In addition, they advise clients on issues related to horticulture and landscape construction.
They are employed by landscape designers, architects and contractors, lawn service and tree care establishments, recreation facilities, golf courses, parks, nurseries, greenhouses, and municipal, provincial and federal governments. They may also be self-employed.
Landscape Horticulturist is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.
The following education is recommended: Grade 10 equivalent (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.
The Apprenticeship Program comprises Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 6 weeks (180 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 5,280 hours of work-based training.
The Foundation Program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 3, after 36 weeks of training (refer to the Horticulture Technician trade for details).