Horticultural Technician Apprentice [Apprenticeship]

If you’re a self-motivated individual who enjoys a hands-on approach to learning about horticulture and the natural environment, this apprenticeship is for you. This Horticulture Technician apprenticeship program begins with two to three years of paid on-the-job training from a horticulture employer, followed by in-class or online training delivered by experienced horticulturists. Upon completion of this program, you’ll be prepared to write the qualification exam administered by the provincial government and ready to launch your career.


The Horticulture Technician apprenticeship program will teach you to build and maintain landscapes, gardens and indoor spaces. You’ll also study arboriculture, landscape design, plant identification, plant production and business management.

Upon successful completion of this program and earning an Ontario College Certificate, you’ll be ready to find exciting job opportunities with design-build firms, nurseries and greenhouses, golf courses, garden centres, landscapers, parks and botanical gardens or even become self-employed.

If you’re ready to work and want to combine training with earning power, consider the Horticulture Technician apprenticeship program where you mix workplace training under the direction of experienced trainers and shorter lengths of school training. You’ll find meaningful employment in a job that you’ll - if ever - be asked to sit behind a desk!


This is an apprenticeship program. You cannot apply to this program through ontariocolleges.ca. Applicants need a sponsor/employer. Your sponsor/employer must register you with:

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Apprenticeship/Client Services
72-1200 Commissioners Road East 
London, Ontario, N5Z 4R3 
MLTSD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.


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Career Information

Fanshawe's Horticulture Technician Apprentice program is held in high regard throughout the industry. Demand for graduates of the program is very high in across all facets of the industry including landscape and garden construction and maintenance, plant production in greenhouses and nurseries, golf course development and construction, arboriculture and garden centre and horticulture sales. 


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Horticultural Technician Apprentice (Block Release) [Apprenticeship] program:

Develop, grow and harvest fruits, vegetables and decorative plants. 

Landscape Technician
Design and implement hardscape and softscape installations.

Horticulture Technician
Transplant, ship, pot, maintain, prune and diagnose problems to maximize yield in a people-oriented retail environment.

Learning Outcomes

Levels 1 and 2


Program Details

Program Code
Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Michael Pascoe NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)

Ontario College Certificate