Horticulture Program Application Process


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)

Students are required to register as apprentices with the Industry Training Authority.

Program Dates and Costs

Tuition is $4000 CAD and material fees are $1500 CAD. Total cost is $5500 CAD.

Module 1 – $1375 ($1000 tuition plus $375 materials fees)

Module 2 – $1375 ($1000 tuition plus $375 materials fees)

Module 3 – $1375 ($1000 tuition plus $375 materials fees)

Module 4 – $1375 ($1000 tuition plus $375 materials fees)


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.

Fees must be paid by postdated cheques to ‘UBC Botanical Garden’ or by credit card installments.

Please mail your application package to:
UBC Botanical Garden
HTP Admissions
6804 SW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4


Applications for the next cohort are due May 1, 2020. Due to Covid-19 our application deadline has been extended to June 15, 2020.

Application Process

To apply, you must submit the following:

  • a completed application form
  • your most recent transcript
  • a personal statement of 250-500 words detailing your interest in the program, previous horticultural experience and future career plans upon program completion

Please include an application fee of $250 CAD which can be paid by cheque or credit card. Please note that for admitted applicants, $200 of this fee will be applied to the tuition of the first module.

ubcbg hort program reg form

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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. Unsuccessful applicants will be refunded $200 of the application fee.