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Horticulture Technician-2014/2015

Horticulture Technician

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
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School of Design: 519-452-4227

Program Description

The Horticulture Technician program is a two-year co-op program of study 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 are fully employed in the field; there are, according to Landscape Ontario, over 1600 positions available in horticulture in Ontario annually.

While the first year of the Horticulture Technician program is academic-centred, the emphasis in the second year is on hands-on practical training.  Approximately 80% of the scheduled class time in second year is spent outside the classroom in courses such as Landscape Field Construction, Plant Production, Arboriculture and Garden and Landscape Maintenance.  Students and faculty participate in practical lab sessions while redeveloping the grounds of the campus in real work situations.  The A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Gardens, in 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 and are ready to write tests in chainsaw use, the provincial pesticide license and CLT (Certified Landscape Technician) a national standard of proficiency.  All students, upon registration, become members of the Student Chapter of Landscape Ontario.

Students participate in a number of professional opportunities at various shows throughout the year.  In 2003 and 2005 a team from the Horticulture Technician program won a gold medal in the National Skills Competition for landscape construction; in 2007 a team won silver at the national competition in Calgary providing recognition of the program's excellence among colleges across Canada. Students participate regularly in Landscape Congress in Toronto, building the entrance garden as well as participating in Landscape Ontario student chapter events on the college campus. 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 in Burlington.

The College has active industry partnerships in areas such as: lawn and garden equipment and suppliers, greenhouse service suppliers, landscape suppliers and services and trade organizations.  These professional affiliations endorse and support the program providing training opportunities on the latest equipment.

University Transfer Credits and Degree Completion

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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