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.

Application Details

  • 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 1st each year.

The application fee is $250 CAD, which can be paid by cheque or credit card. For students that are admitted, $200 will be applied to tuition for the first module. Unsuccessful applicants will be refunded $200 of the application fee.

Program Cost

Tuition is $4000 CAD and material fees are $1500. 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. There is apprenticeship funding you can apply for after completing the program, and depending on your eligibility, past students have gone through WorkBC and WorkSafe 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 that introduces 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.

Yes, the HTP is provincially accredited. The University of British Columbia is recognized as an Industry Training Authority designated training provider in the Landscape Horticulturist Program. The program is endorsed by the Industry Training Organization, HortEducationBC.

Yes. Students are required to register as apprentices. Successful completion of the HTP gives credit for the classroom portion of Levels 1 & 2 of the provincial horticulture apprenticeship.

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.

Student Experience

The HTP is comprised of four, separate eight-week modules. The program begins on the Tuesday after Labour Day and finishes in April (ex: September 3, 2019-April 24, 2020). 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 8:00am-4:30pm. The physical nature of the training, as well as assignments and readings, significantly reduces available time and energy for extra-curricular activities.

HTP Graduates

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
  • Garden maintenance
  • Parks horticulture operations
  • Botanical garden operations
  • College and university campus horticulture operations
  • Commercial landscaping
  • Golf course operations
  • Irrigation technician
  • Regional District parks operations
  • Urban farming
Indoor Plants
  • Interior plant design, installation and maintenance
  • Green walls
Plant Production
  • Food, ornamental plants, Cannabis
  • Greenhouse technician
  • Nursery worker
  • Assistant/head grower
  • Small scale farming
  • Integrated Pest Management Technician
Urban Forestry
  • Climbing arborist
  • Consulting arborist
  • Ground crew
  • Plant health technician

UBC Policies

Students are expected to abide within UBC policies on Academic Freedom, Academic Honesty and Student Conduct.

No, student housing is not available at this time.