Vancouver Island University

Horticultural Technician Foundation

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Program Information

School:Vancouver Island University
Degree:Certificate; Co-op
Field of Study:Horticultural Science
Description:The curriculum of this one-year horticultural foundation program has been designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of horticultural principles and practices. The program covers a broad spectrum of horticultural practices including plant propagation techniques, greenhouse production, nursery crop production, landscape design, landscape construction, and plant identification. As well, pest and disease management, pruning techniques, and maintenance practices are investigated. Throughout the program, special emphasis will be placed on many aspects of sustainable horticultural practices.

The curriculum used in this program meets the provincial standards set for all one-year horticulture foundation programs. Approximately 50% of the program will be spent in actual “hands-on” training on- and off-campus. This includes three months working in the industry.
URL:Horticultural Technician Foundation at Vancouver Island University
Length:9 Month(s)

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade11 Mathematics 

- Minimum 17 years of age, unless stated otherwise. - Resume and/or letter of intent and/or references may be required. - Interview may be required. - Math and/or reading and/or trades aptitude test may be required. - Physically fit and able to adapt to working conditions. - Good hand/eye coordination. - Good health, free of vision, hearing or respiratory ailments. - Valid driver’s license will be required for vehicle and equipment operatio

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Letter, at time of application, indicating reasons for applying to the program and outlining any previous horticultural experience, as well as future career goals. - Interview. - Fitness required to participate in physical aspects of the program and industry.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on August 10, 2017