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Landscape Horticulture: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $900 per level
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact: Cloverdale Campus Bookstore 604.598.6020
  • Credential Granted
  • Coordinator Contact 604.598.6102

Application Deadline Advice

Students are admitted based on their date of qualification. Early application and documentation submission is extremely important. Regular application periods are:


Applications Open

Early Application Deadline

Late Application Deadline

Fall (Sept)

October 1

March 1

August 1*

Spring (Jan)

February 1

August 1

December 1*

Summer (May)

June 1

December 1

April 1*


First day students can apply online

Apply by this day for admission offer and priority course registration

Apply by this day for continuing registration

*no application accepted after this date.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 03
Level: 04

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Horticulturalist, Landscape

ITA Source: 'Horticulturalist, Landscape' profile.


Landscape Horticulturalists select, handle and use trees, shrubs and ornamental plants and turf grass for the design, development and maintenance of public and private landscaping spaces. This includes preparing soil, planting, cultivating, pruning and irrigating to maintain plant vigor. It also involves controlling plant pests through appropriate integrated pest management techniques.

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of four levels totalling 24 weeks (720 hours).  Each level is six weeks. 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 recent changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN 2018 009 .

Training Content

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


  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Mathematics 10
  • Science 10
  • Grade 12

Red Seal Endorsement

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.

Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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