Program Objectives

The Horticulture and Garden Centre Operations program prepares students to practise the trade or occupation of plant-care worker.

Plant-care workers work in a variety of settings: for public or private organizations that manage parks, green spaces, gardens and golf courses; for horticultural consulting firms; in specialized garden centres; in the horticultural department of department stores.

Plant-care workers maintain parks and green spaces by producing, maintaining and propagating plants as well as installing flower beds, mass plantings, mosaics, containers and other floral displays. In horticulture, their work consists in preparing soils; seeding, planting and maintaining plants; and preparing and applying plant protection products.

In the retail industry, plant-care workers are often referred to as sales consultants. Their work involves receiving merchandise and displaying living or inert horticultural products; maintaining outdoor and indoor plants; monitoring and maintaining designated sales areas (annuals, perennials, shrubs, etc.); analyzing and responding to customer inquiries by providing information; selling horticultural products or referring customers to specialists; and participating in general retail operations, such as inventory control, sales monitoring and customer needs analysis.

Program Content

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
704-592 Use pesticides outdoors 30 2
705-142 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 30 2
705-156 Analyze plants using botanical principles 90 6
705-163 Prune woody plants 45 3
705-176 Amend and fertilize soils 90 6
705-183 Plant and transplant plants 45 3
705-196 Remedy plant health problems 90 6
705-206 Produce plants 90 6
705-213 Maintain edible plants 45 3
705-224 Perform summer maintenance tasks in a garden 60 4
705-235 Perform fall maintenance tasks in a garden 75 5
705-245 Perform spring maintenance tasks in a garden 75 5
705-252 Interpret plans and specifications 30 2
705-261 Use pesticides in protected cultivation 15 1
705-272 Look for horticultural information 30 2
705-286 Maintain indoor and potted flowering plants 90 6
705-291 Communicate in the workplace 15 1
705-307 Design a plan for a garden 105 7
705-312 Maintain horticultural machinery, tools and equipment 30 2
705-324 Start and maintain lawns 60 4
705-333 Organize sales and storage areas 45 3
705-342 Sell horticultural products and equipment 30 2
705-351 Use job search techniques 15 1
705-365 Enter the workforce 75 5
754-992 Ensure health, safety and physical well-being on construction sites 30 2
1335 89

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional Prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific Prerequisites

Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3)632-306 ou (630-316)----

Educational Organizations Offering the Program



Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
New Frontiers SB
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Huntingdon Adult Education and Community Centre (HAECC) RAC-Hort D Continuous entry
Fall2024D1 D Aug. 12th, 2024
Fall2025 D Aug. 11th, 2025

Landscape Designer

Landscape gardeners maintain gardens, trees, shrubs, lawns or indoor plants. They sell plants and gardening equipment. As part of their duties, they may have to design and draft landscape plans. This job is best suited for people who enjoy working outdoors and have good physical stamina. A job as a landscape gardener is for active people who are good with their hands, self-reliant and meticulous.

Average Salary

Landscape Designer — $17.89

Job Titles

Landscape designer
Grounds maintenance labourer
Horticulture worker
Lawn and garden supplies salesperson – retail

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