Horticulture Technician - 441C
In-school training using state- of-the-art facilities.
Combination of on-the-job and in-school training.
Partnering with industry ensures our apprentices are future ready.
What you'll learn
- Acquire training in safe workplace practices including dealing with on-site conditions, emergencies and hazards, according to federal and provincial pertinent safety legislation and municipal legal requirements.
- Basic scheduled, preventative and on-going maintenance procedures for powered horticultural equipment, according to respective federal, provincial and municipal legal requirements.
- Water quality, plant water requirements and local conservation standards, water stewardship principles, basic irrigation systems and procedures according to federal, provincial and municipal legal requirements.
Acquire specialized training in turf grass establishment and cultivation practices including monitoring turf grass quality, plant health care and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques used in landscape construction (Softscape Installation) and grounds/golf course maintenance operations according to respective federal, provincial and municipal legal requirements.
Explore building walkways, patios, driveways, retaining walls and planting of various shrubs, trees and centrepiece plants.
Master soft skills such as effective communications, team work, networking and professionalism.
Master health and safety legislation that will serve as a transferable skill to be used in any industry.
Understand important ingredients for the success of plants including plant technology, root systems and the characteristics of the soil.
This program covers all in-class training for this apprenticeship.
Applicants for this training must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), and must be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).
Note: Applicants for this training must be registered apprentices in the Horticulture Technician Trade.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.
How you’ll gain skills
- In-school training led by faculty and staff who are experienced, licensed journeypersons.
- On-the-job training.
- Through a mix of on-campus labs and simulations
- Explore academic content through field trips and site visits
To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.
Your future career options
- Work in any of the various sectors within the municipal parks and recreation, landscape, horticulture or golf sectors.
Where you could work includes:
- Nursery Production
- Landscape Contracting
- Grounds Management
- Landscape Designer/Architect
- Lawn Care
- Interior Plantscaping
- Irrigation Contracting
- Golf Courses
- Municipal Parks
- Botanical Gardens, Arboreta
- Education and Research
Opportunities for grads
- Certificate of Qualification (C of Q)
- Certificate of Apprenticeship
- Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)
Program of Studies
Course Overview & Descriptions
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Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.
In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.