Landscape Technician (Co-op)

Landscape Technician (Academic)

Two Years, Ontario College Diploma
Program Code 0775
Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

The information on this page applies to the January 2015 and January 2016 intake terms, unless otherwise noted.

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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:

  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent

Recommended Courses and/or Recommended Skills (Not Required for Admission):

  • Biology - Grade 11 (C) or (U) or Grade 12 (U)
  • Chemistry - Grade 11 (U) or Grade 12 (C) or (U)
  • Mathematics - any Grade 12 (C) or (U)

Selection and Ranking Process:

  • For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes.
  • Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.


Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete practical lab requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee locations that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

January Start Students

Students who begin the program in January 2016 complete Term 2 of the program during the Spring Term beginning in May 2016 and running into summer months.

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Career Opportunities

Master the art of transforming nondescript, uninspired landscapes into places of refuge and beauty.

Opportunities for graduates include:

  • Design/build companies
  • Fencing and deck companies
  • Garden centres
  • Golf course construction contractors
  • Government-run parks
  • Landscape construction contractors
  • Landscape maintenance contractors

The NC Difference

  • Niagara is located in Canada’s horticultural heartland 
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake campus serves as a “living lab” complete with Ontario’s largest training greenhouse
  • Graduates are in high demand among employers, thanks to industry growth across Canada
  • Program has common first year with Greenhouse Technician (Academic) and Horticultural Technician (Academic) programs
  • Graduates can pursue various provincial licenses
  • Students have the opportunity to work on permanent and temporary projects on campus grounds
  • Landscape design projects are from actual sites in the community
  • Hands on equipment demonstration and use, including front end loader, stone saw, skidsteer and excavator
  • Graduates can complete a degree in Landscape Management, Production Horticulture, or Golf Course Management at Olds College
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Our company has greatly benefited from the positive contribution of both Niagara College graduates and co-op students alike. The training provided by Niagara's Landscape program is extensive and relevant to the landscape industry.Michael Schmahl, N.P.D. Horticultural Co-ordinator
We have successfully hired and retained many Niagara College Landscape program graduates. They have had an immediate impact, and benefited our business greatly. Adam Foulton, NPD, CLP, CLT
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Degree Options

Niagara College maintains articulation/transfer agreements with other colleges and universities within Ontario, the rest of Canada, and Internationally. To see if there are any agreements available for this program, please visit the Articulation Agreement website. Credit Transfer Options

Some post-secondary credits can be transferred into any NC program.
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Term One (2016 Winter)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
COMM1101Language and Communications3
HORT1004Horticulture Practices I3
HORT1005Landscape Graphics and Design3
HORT1006Nursery Management2
HORT1007Plant Science I3
HORT1008Evergreen Ornamentals3
MATH1100Mathematics for Horticulture3
Term Two (2016 Spring)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
HORT1003Deciduous Trees and Shrubs3
HORT1009Horticulture Entomology3
HORT1013Landscape Design and Materials3
HORT1014Pest Management2
HORT1015Plant Science II3
HORT1104Horticulture Practices II2
HORT1200Horticulture Construction2
Term Three (2016 Fall)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
COMM1250Advanced Communications for Horticulture2
HORT1230Annuals and Herbaceous Perennials3
HORT1245Applied Plant Pathology3
HORT1265Landscape Construction Installation4
HORT1312Weed Identification and Management2
HORT1313Landscape Design and Details3
HORT1320Turf Management2

Completion of additional General Education elective (1 course required)

Term Four (2017 Winter)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
ENVR1365Natural and Human Ecology3
HORT1241Sustainable Urban Arboriculture3
HORT1315Architectural Green Spaces2
HORT1380Landscape Costing and Estimating2
HORT1405Advanced Landscape Construction2
HORT1475Advanced Landscape Design5
HORT1476Sustainable Landscape Management2
PERS1275Leadership Skills3
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