Horticulture Program Application Process

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Requirements

Successful applicants must have the following:

  • Proof of graduation from high school, with a minimum average of 70% in each of the final two years
  • Proof of meeting UBC’s English language admission standards
  • Proof of completion of either Principles of Mathematics 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 12 (or equivalent course)

**See Application Process below to learn what documents you should have ready before applying. **

Students are required to register with Skilled Trades BC and create a “personal account.”

Program Dates and Costs

2024/2025 Rates

There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 for this program.

Tuition is $4500 CAD and material fees are $1500 CAD. Total cost is $6000 CAD.

Module 1 – $1500 ($1125 tuition plus $375 materials fees) due August 15th, 2024

Module 2 – $1500 ($1125 tuition plus $375 materials fees) due October 15th, 2024

Module 3 – $1500 ($1125 tuition plus $375 materials fees) due December 10th, 2024

Module 4 – $1500 ($1125 tuition plus $375 materials fees) due February 11, 2025

In addition, students are responsible for their own hand pruners (Felco secateurs), rain gear, safety boots, work gloves, textbooks, academic supplies, transportation and entry fees for field trips. Please note that although this course is run through UBC Botanical Garden, students do not pay UBC student fees or receive a UBC Student card or benefits.

Deadlines

Applications for the next cohort are due March 31, 2024. EXTENDED TO MAY 30, 2024

Application Process

Please make sure that you read through the required documentation listed below and prepare before starting the application, as you cannot save and return to the application.

To apply, you must submit digital copies of the following:

  • Your most recent transcript
  • Proof of graduation from high school, with a minimum average of 70% in each of the final two years
  • Proof of meeting UBC’s English language admission standards
  • Proof of completion of either Principles of Mathematics 11, or Foundations of Mathematics 12 (or equivalent course
  • Personal statement of 250-500 words detailing your interest in the program, previous horticultural experience and future career plans upon program completion
  • References: Please provide 2-3 written references from employers (former/present), colleagues, teachers that speak to you applying to our horticulture program, letting us know what makes you a good candidate for the Horticulture Training Program

 

Financial Aid

While there are some different avenues for funding, our program is not approved for government student funding.

The Alpine Garden Club of British Columbia (AGCBC) offers a scholarship to horticulture students. Details can be found on their website. There is also apprenticeship funding you can apply for after completing the program, and depending on your eligibility, past students have gone through WorkBC and WorkSafeBC for funding.

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policies

Enrolled participants who do not complete the four modules in sequence may be charged an additional application fee if they seek to resume studies.