Horticulture Training Program


The University of British Columbia Horticulture Training Program is a Designated Training Provider of the Horticulture Technician Foundation Program. This foundation program is endorsed by HortEducation.ca.

Running from late summer to spring, this eight-month, full-­time program is designed to give students the skills and experience necessary for entering the field of horticulture. Completion of 1100 hours of classroom and hands-on practical instruction and supervised practical work will lead to Levels 1 & 2 Apprenticeship technical training credit and UBC Certificates.

Students will be introduced to principles and techniques of landscape construction and design, garden ecology, plant biology and plant health, the nature and role of soil in natural and constructed landscapes, aspects of ornamental and food crop management, as well as practical, hands-on landscape and garden management.

Horticulture instruction is undertaken using the facilities of the Botanical Garden, Botanical Garden Nursery, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Totem Research Fields and the UBC landscape at large. Instruction includes a variety of off-site field trips to various horticultural organizations and operations.

Successful completion of all four modules counts as equivalent to Level 1 and Level 2 of the Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship.


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