About this Program

Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate
Campus:Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus
Length:1 Year

Program Highlights

  • Science lab and design studio are also on-site
  • Program emphasizes hands-on learning
  • Graduates are in high demand among employers, thanks to industry growth across Canada
  • Graduates can earn a co-op diploma in landscape, greenhouse or horticultural fields with one additional year of study (see Future Study Options).

Career Opportunities

  • Nursery production
  • Landscape construction
  • Botanical gardens
  • Garden centres
  • Golf courses
  • Municipal and Federal parks
  • Landscape maintenance
  • Grounds management and lawn care
  • Irrigation contracting

According to Landscape Ontario, horticulture is a $7-billion industry in Ontario that employs about 100,000 people in 10,000 companies. Each year, about 2,500 people retire, but post-secondary institutions and apprenticeship programs produce just 200 to 250 graduates – and only 60 to 100 work in the industry. Obviously, we have very real shortages. The industry is growing at 14 percent a year, and we expect that to double in five years. We simply don’t have enough labour.

Terry Murphy, Landscape Ontario, Manager of Education, Training and Human Resources

Admissions and Availability

Ontario College Certificate
#0730 - 1 Year NOTL
Starting In Availability
September 2015Closed
January 2016Closed
May 2016Not Available
September 2016Open
January 2017Open
May 2017Not Available

Future Study Options

This program allows for direct entry into Year 2 of the Landscape Technician (Co-op), Horticultural Technician (Co-op) and Greenhouse Technician (Co-op) programs at Niagara College.

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