Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship

Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship

Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship (2016-2017)

Apprenticeship Info

Program Code



Program Length

Twenty-four-week in-school session
     Basic – twelve-week session
     Advanced – twelve-week session
Both sessions begin in January.

Contact your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) for start dates.


We Are Landscapers Designers and Technicians

Contact Information

Tanya Olsen, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5941


The 2016/2017 fee for this program is
– basic $650
– advanced $650.
Fees are subject to change.

Trainees will need work clothes appropriate for outside use: gloves; ear protection (muffs or plugs); The Canadian Standards Association (CSA)-approved Green Patch safety boots; Class E hard hat and safety glasses; and a pair of secateurs (approximate cost $260).

Admission Requirements

This apprenticeship is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades. You and your employer are required to register through your local Apprenticeship Branch Office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

Several government services, such as Job Connect or your local Employment Ontario office, can help you get started in the more than 150 skilled trades that can be learned through apprenticeship training.

For more information and job listings, visit

You will be scheduled for the in-school portion of training by MTCU. Apprentices who have been scheduled for the in-school training will be sent an Offer of Classroom Training letter from the MTCU.

Recommended Preparation
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
• Grade 12 C or U English or equivalent
• Grade 12 C Mathematics

For Peel Region, please contact:
MTCU – Apprenticeship Branch
The Emerald Centre
10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle, Suite 404
Mississauga, ON L5R 3K6
905.279.7333 or 800.736.7332

On June 13, 2016, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Both names may appear on this website.

Our Program

Humber’s intensive Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship program stresses practical skills through applied study at our on-site construction laboratory and greenhouse, and in the Humber Arboretum. The in-college component of your program coincides with the typical slowdown in the horticultural industry from November through March.

List of Courses

Apprenticeship Info

Your Career

In 2006, where almost three-quarters of Canadian households have a lawn or garden, sales of landscaping products, equipment and plants became a billion-dollar industry. According to Statistics Canada, the popularity of landscaping activities has resulted in the booming lawn and garden industry. Earn a living with your green thumb and construction skills in a wide range of growth industries such as landscape, horticulture, construction, maintenance, irrigation, lighting and lawn care.

Our Industry Partnerships

We are proud to partner with Landscape Ontario, which has over 2,000 member firms, many of which support apprenticeship training. These firms also provide speakers for various classes and provide students with first-hand industry experience and knowledge.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Apprentices completing the required in-school training are issued Certificates of Apprenticeship from Humber College. Upon successful completion of in-school and on-the-job training, apprentices write the Ontario Certificate of Qualification trade exam.


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