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Horticulture Technician (Certificate)


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Length: 10 months
Location: Royal Roads University
Credential: Certificate in Horticulture Technician
Program Code: HORT.CERT
CIP: 01.0601

Overview

This program provides students with a wide range of employment opportunities in the Horticulture industry in areas such as landscaping, landscape maintenance, parks, golf courses, retail garden outlets, ground crops industry, greenhouses, silvaculture, nurseries, wholesale warehousing, transportation etc. Basic maintenance occupies approximately half of the program, and is designed to provide basic skills and knowledge related to practical gardening in the nursery industry. The second part of the program is designed to provide advanced skills and knowledge in botany, nursery, green house management and landscape design and leads to a Horticulture Technician Certificate.

Admissions


One of:

One of:

  • C+ in Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10 **
  • COM in MATH 038  **

And all of:

  • Submit a short letter expressing your reasons for applying and goals for the course
  • Present a booklet containing six garden photographs (mounted prints, no more than two per page); of a small garden scene, larger landscape, plants, horticulture workplace and/or any other creative setting which interests you, with written captions explaining choice of photo; and
  • Complete a survey sheet provided by the College (or consult the website at camosun.ca/hort).

* Students who do not have the preferred English requirements are advised to refer to the Admission Requirement Course Alternatives or consult with an Admissions Advisor for additional Camosun English alternatives.

** Students may substitute a “C” or higher in Foundations of Math 10 or Pre-Calculus 10 for Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 10. Students who do not have the preferred Math requirements are advised to refer to the Admission Requirement Course Alternatives or consult with an Admissions Advisor for additional Camosun Math alternatives. 

Learning Outcomes


At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and name a large variety of plants common to horticultural practices in the Pacific Northwest, explaining the characteristics, uses and requirements of each plant.
  • Safely use hand tools and power equipment necessary for installation and maintenance of landscapes.
  • Use a knowledgeable, safe, creative problem-solving approach to general garden maintenance; soil and water management; and pest and disease management.  
  • Apply creative ideas to proven approaches in the design, upgrading and installation of landscapes.
  • Work independently as well as part of a crew in ways that maximize efficiency and promote effective group functioning.
  • Present oneself to potential clients and employers as a knowledgeable, skilled and creative beginning horticulturalist.

Curriculum


Academic Term One


All of:


  • HORT 103 - Introduction to Horticulture - 3 weeks
  • HORT 104 - Plant Identification 1 - 3 weeks
  • HORT 105 - Botany for Horticulture - 3 weeks
  • HORT 106 - Soils and Growing Media - 2 weeks
  • HORT 107 - Landscape 1 - 3 weeks
  • HORT 108 - Pests and Pesticide Applicators - 2 weeks
  • HORT 109 - Plant Propagation 1 - 1 week
  • HORT 110 - Turf Grass Maintenance - 2 weeks
  • HORT 140 - Work Experience 1 - 2 weeks

Academic Term Two


All of:


  • HORT 121 - Diseases - 2 weeks
  • HORT 122 - Greenhouses and Environments - 2 weeks
  • HORT 123 - Equipment Maintenance - 1 week
  • HORT 124 - Plant Identification 2 - 1 week
  • HORT 126 - Irrigation and Drainage - 1 week
  • HORT 127 - Landscape 2 - 3 weeks
  • HORT 128 - Arboriculture - 1 week
  • HORT 129 - Plant Propagation 2 - 1 week
  • HORT 131 - Business Practices in Horticulture - 2 weeks
  • HORT 132 - Horticulture Therapy - 1 week
  • HORT 134 - Organic Vegetable Production - 1 week
  • HORT 135 - Retail & Wholesale Production - 1 week
  • HORT 141 - Work Experience 2 - 2 weeks

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