Horticulture Training Program FAQ
Why study here?
The UBC Horticulture Training Program (HTP) is the only full-time horticulture training program in Metro Vancouver north of the Fraser River. UBC Botanical Garden provides a rich training environment for the program. Instruction is fully integrated with horticultural activities in the garden and garden staff participate in training and mentoring.
UBC Botanical Garden’s wide range of facilities provide learning opportunities on the Botanical Garden grounds, Botanical Garden Nursery, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Totem Research Fields and Horticulture Greenhouses. The gardens and facilities are beautiful environments for practical learning and the program provides excellent opportunities for students to train alongside our industry-leading horticulturists.
- 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)
Visit our Application Process and Fees page for details on how to apply. Applications are due May 1 of each year.
The application fee is $250 CAD and payable when you apply online. For students who are admitted, $200 will be applied to tuition for the first module. Unsuccessful applicants will be refunded $200 of the application fee.
Tuition is $4000 CAD and material fees are $1500 CAD. Total cost is $5500 CAD.
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.
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.
Enrolled participants who do not complete the four modules in sequence may be charged an additional application fee if they wish to resume studies.
About the HTP
The HTP is an entry-level program introducing students to the fundamentals of landscape horticulture. The program follows the provincial horticulture apprenticeship, enriching the base curriculum with supplementary materials and practical, hands-on activities and training.
Topics covered include plant identification, plant sciences, soil management, design, park maintenance, aesthetics, business practices and community awareness.
Students are assessed on proficiencies in horticultural knowledge and practice through a variety of methods including oral, written and practical assignments and a complete final evaluation at the end of each course.
Course failure within a module requires the student to repeat the course the next time it is normally offered. Failure of more than three courses within a module requires the student to repeat the entire module. A passing grade of at least 70% is required on all assignments, tests and courses to complete the program successfully.
The HTP is comprised of four separate eight-week modules. The program begins on August 31st and finishes in April. Each module is approximately 275 hours of classroom and practical instruction and is composed of a series of 3–5 courses.
The HTP is limited to a maximum of 16 students per cohort. We accept one cohort per year with classes starting in September. All other qualified students are placed on a waitlist and may be offered a seat should they become available before the start of the cohort year.
HTP is only offered on a full-time basis as classes have been designed to complement each other and build on learning objectives and hands-on activities.
The HTP is a full-time program. Students are required to attend Monday to Friday from 8:00 am-4:30 pm. The physical nature of the training, as well as assignments and readings, significantly reduces available time and energy for extra-curricular activities.
Graduates of the HTP are well-prepared to apply for entry-level positions in the following:
Landscape, Park and Garden
Residential garden design and construction
Parks horticulture operations
Botanical garden operations
College and university campus horticulture operations
Golf course operations
Regional District parks operations
Interior plant design, installation and maintenance
Food, ornamental plants, Cannabis
Small scale farming
Integrated Pest Management Technician
Plant health technician