Horticulture Technician-2016/2017

Horticulture Technician-2016/2017

Program Code: 

A Co-operative Education Program
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program

Program Code: HTN1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates


School of Design: 519-452-4227

Program Description

The Horticulture Technician diploma is a two-year co-op program with the emphasis on the practical aspects of horticulture. The course develops the academic and practical skill level in students that allow them to easily match a growing need in the green industry. All graduates can be fully employed in the field; there are, according to Landscape Ontario, the provincial trade organization, over 1600 positions available in horticulture in the province annually. Additionally many opportunities exist out-of-province and even out-of-country.

The first year of the Horticulture Technician program is academic-centred while the emphasis in the second year is on hands-on practical training.  Approximately 80% of the scheduled class time in the senior year is spent outside the classroom in courses such as Landscape Field Construction, Greenhouse Plant Production, Arboriculture and Garden and Landscape Maintenance. 

Students and faculty participate in practical lab sessions while maintaining and redeveloping the grounds of the campus in real-time situations.  The A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Gardens, in near-by Strathroy, greatly enhances the practical experience in a world-class estate garden which houses a remarkable collection of rare and endangered plants.

Students graduate with an Ontario College Diploma (co-operative education endorsed) and while in the program students are given the opportunity to complete optional training in chainsaw use and the provincial pesticide license. Fanshawe College is the first institution in North America to integrate the CLT (Certified Landscape Technician) a national standard of proficiency into the program. Students will complete practical and written tests during their senior year and if successful will also be able to add the CLT designation to their names. 

All students, upon registration, become members of the Student Chapter of Landscape Ontario, the largest student driven chapter in the province.

Students participate in a number of professional opportunities at various shows throughout the year.  In past years Fanshawe has won many medals both provincially and nationally in the Landscape Gardening Skills Competition. Students participate regularly in Landscape Congress in Toronto, building the entrance garden in their final semester. Senior students also volunteer in building gardens and assisting with the maintenance of gardens at Canada Blooms in Toronto. The Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington has signed a memorandum of understanding with Fanshawe College and, as a result, student experience is greatly enhanced through this partnership which includes both summer internships and programmed events at the gardens.

The College has active industry partnerships in areas such as: lawn and garden equipment and suppliers, greenhouse service suppliers, landscape suppliers and services as well as professional associations such as the Landscape Ontario, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Royal Horticultural Society, Scottish Rock Garden Society, the North American Rock Garden Society, the Hardy Plant Society, the American Public Gardens Association and the Ontario Rock Garden Association.

Industry support and corporate sponsorship allows the program to use the latest technology, tools and equipment in the teaching labs, annually over $100,000.00 of support is received from industry.

The Gardens of Fanshawe College and the A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Gardens are recognized as a botanical garden by Botanic Gardens Conservation International and are home to over one million plants of some 4,000 species. Most of the collections are labeled and are propagated in our greenhouse at Fanshawe and our nursery site in the A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Gardens in Strathroy. Ten students in the program maintain the gardens during summer under the supervision of our two staff horticulturists. Students will spend both class and independent practical periods at both locations. Our annual open garden and plant sale in June at the A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Gardens draws over one thousand visitors. 

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.

Co-operative Education

This two-year program has two co-op work terms.  Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a co-op endorsed diploma.  More information about co-operative education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.