Horticulturalist Technician

Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship and Certification Act Unrestricted Trade
Designated Red Seal Trade

Trade Code 441C
NOC 2225


  • Work as part of a team in a safe and efficient manner
  • Plan job in an effective manner to ensure optimum job efficiency and effectiveness
  • Identify plants, pests and materials
  • Remove and prepare plants and materials for shipping
  • Propagate, produce, cultivate, fertilize, install, maintain and irrigate plants and turf grasses
  • Use and operate tools and equipment used in horticulture
  • Interpret and implement landscape drawings
  • Install natural stone, pre-cast stone, concrete and wood for landscaping
  • Inspect woody plants to identify deficiencies/damage and to determine required method of pruning; perform various types of pruning cuts to correct deficiencies and/or obtain desired results
  • Inspect woody plants for damage and determine method of repair to ensure healthy plants
  • Identify signs and symptoms of major pest types, comply with relevant legislation, use biological and chemical pest controls, perform various methods of application and calibrate application equipment
  • Inspect, handle, and transport nursery stock

Personal Qualities

  • You like working with plants, bushes, trees and soil
  • You like to work outdoors and indoors
  • You are a safety conscious person who learns and applies safety rules
  • You like challenging work
  • You are in good physical shape

Career Opportunities

  • Private residential or commercial landscape management companies, golf courses, nurseries, greenhouses, municipal governments, national or provincial parks departments and utility companies employ horticultural technicians
  • Some horticultural technicians have their own business

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 5,400 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 6,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the apprenticeship program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification

Training Availability

Regional OYAP Training

Delivered by Humber College

Apprenticeship Training

Humber College – North Campus
205 Humber College Blvd.
Etobicoke ON M9W 5L7

Fleming College – Haliburton Campus 297 College Drive Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0
705- 457 -1680 ext. 3 or toll free 1-866-353-6464