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


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
COMM-1099Workplace Communications2
Describe and demonstrate oral, written communication skills required to function effectively as part of a crew/team in the workplace, using traditional and current technology.
HORT-1043Plant Science3
Describe plant biology, soil structure and quality, plant-media relationship, nutrient composition and the relationship to plant performance in its environment.
HORT-1044Turf Management 12.5
Describe and demonstrate turf grass mowing and fertilizing practices including monitoring turf grass quality, plant health care, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques, according to federal, provincial and municipal legal requirements.
HORT-1045Plant Identification 11.5
Identify 120 ornamental landscape plants (See Ontario 2012 Plant List), using the required nomenclature and stating the cultural requirements for each and identifying pests and diseases as they relate to plant selection.
HORT-1046Plant Materials 11.5
Describe grounds maintenance practices and procedures including basic installation and transplanting processes for nursery stock, such as annuals, woody and herbaceous plants, according to respective federal, provincial, and municipal legal requirements.
HORT-1048Integrated Pest Management Plant Health3.5
Identify and describe management of pests and disorders of plant material (turf, trees, interior plants, greenhouse plants, perennial/annual), utilizing plant health care and integrated pest management principles.
LAND-1025Landscape Construction 12.5
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the handling and installation of modular precast landscape paving and wall units and landscape timber wall components according to pertinent legislation and safe workplace practices, municipal standards and codes.
MATH-1177Trade Calculations2
Identify, explain and demonstrate performance of calculations used in the horticulture industry, including the use of standard measuring devices.
MTNC-1018Landscape Equipment Maintenance1.5
Describe and demonstrate basic scheduled, preventative and on-going maintenance procedures for powered horticultural equipment, according to respective federal, provincial and municipal legal requirements.
SFTY-1037Workplace Safety2
Describe and demonstrate safe workplace practices including dealing with on-site conditions, emergencies and hazards, according to federal and provincial pertinent safety legislation and municipal legal requirements.
SFTY-1040St. John's Ambulance First Aid1
Describe the application of first aid and CPR techniques for emergencies in the workplace. This unit is comprised of the standard First Aid certification requirements.
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