For updated details regarding Landscape Horticulturalist, please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.
Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the
ITA along with their sponsors. Application
forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online
registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.
Landscape Horticulturalists 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. They construct and maintain 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.
The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.
The technical training is made up of four levels totaling 24 weeks (720 hours total). Each level is six weeks (180 hours). This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.
The work-based training totals 5280 hours. Based on a 30-hour week this involves 176 weeks of training.
For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN 2018 009
Training modules are:
- Use Occupational Skills
- Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
- Organize Work
- Participate in Marketing and Sales
- Analyze and Maintain Plant Health
- Perform Pre-Construction Activities
- Install Softscape
- Install Hardscape
- Maintain Softscape
- Maintain Hardscape
(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart
for course equivalents)
Grade 10 or equivalent, including:
- English 10
- Mathematics 10
- Science 10
The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country. To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.
There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.
Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.
Production Horticulturalist- Certificate of Qualification
- Work Experience: 3,240 hours
Certified Landscape Horticulturalist Technician (CLHT) in Ornamental Maintenance plus one other module within the CLHT program
- Technical Training: None
- Work-Based Training: 1,000 hours
Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:
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