The landscape horticulture industry has many career options to enable people to enter the industry at any time in their life, with full-time, part-time, self-study and workshop choices to suit your life.
Certification is a term that is used commonly for the Landscape Horticulture Certification Program, however the term ‘Certification’ also covers nursery programs to maximize clean and efficient production methods.
Find out if a career in horticulture is right for you:
Green Careers Canada – Learn how to get your foot in the door. Information for students, teachers, parents, and industry.
WorkBC.ca – Discover what type of jobs are available, average wages, workforce characteristics, job requirements and more.
Landscape.jobs – Find landscape jobs anywhere in Canada.
Landscape Industry Careers – Take a virtual field trip to find your best career match. Search to find a job that works well for you.
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Upcoming certification events:
BCLNA Workshops and Seminars
The BCLNA offers workshops and seminars on a variety of topics of interest to our members. For the most current list of workshops, review the events on the calendar to the right, or go to the Workshops and Seminars page.
Horticultural Training in the Classroom Setting
Educational institutions in the province of BC provide short and medium term learning opportunities. Classroom training offers a structured way to learn about a given area of interest and has the benefit of certification or other formal recognition which can be helpful for your career.
For opportunities in your area, check out our list of Schools that provide horticultural training in British Columbia.
Certification Programs for Nurseries
‘Clean Plants’ Certification
The ornamental nursery industry developed and implemented its own phytosanitary nursery certification program, called ‘Clean Plants’ in 2009, to enable growers to check for critical control points for pests and diseases in their nursery. For more information go to the Clean Plants Website.
Canadian Nursery Certification Program (CNCP)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency program for export nurseries enables them to quickly ship product, without needing inspections at the time of shipment. This program is comprehensive, requiring dedication and several CFIA inspections every year. For details about this program click here.
Landscape Horticulture Certification Program
The landscape horticulture industry has many career options to enable people to enter the industry at any time in their life, with full-time, part-time, self-study and workshop choices to suit their life.
Certification is a term that covers testing that supports nursery and landscape horticulture workers to work safely and optimize clean and efficient production methods.
Certification confirms that an authorized agency, in this case, the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association, assesses and verifies an individual or company is qualified and has complied with established procedures, standards and requirements for certification.
‘Landscape Horticulture Certification Program’
This program enables nursery and landscape horticulture workers to learn and increase their levels of competence. It is suitable for both new workers and those already working in the industry, who want to develop their skill set, increase their levels of responsibility and raise professional standards.
This certification program is made available through the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association and is based on a self-study model. Candidates complete a series of written and hands-on tests to prove skills and competencies to earn their certification under the following designations and modules:
- Certified Landscape Horticulturist Technician [available modules are softscape installation, hardscape installation, ornamental maintenance, turf maintenance, irrigation. retail horticulturist, nursery worker)
- Certified Landscape Designer
- Certified Landscape Horticulturist Manager
Certification tests are tailored to address various sector needs with some core topics common across multiple designations and modules. In addition to on-site testing, candidates have the option to earn their certification by recording themselves at a job-site and uploading the videos to an online assessment system as proof of skills and competence.
Tel: 1 (888) 446-3499 ext. 8650 E-Mail: [email protected] or visit CNLA.
Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship
Landscape Horticulture is a Red Seal Trade!
Since 2012, Landscape Horticulture has been designated as a Red Seal Trade, enabling people to travel across Canada to work, using their Red Seal as a prequalification to find work. Apprenticeship requires 6 weeks of in-school training per year for 4 years, along with a set number of hours worked in the industry to reach journeyman status. The Red Seal exam is then written to attain the certified status.
HortEducation.ca is an affiliate of the BCLNA which assists and enables potential and current apprentices and their employers to go through the apprenticeship and Red Seal training and accreditation process.
For Apprenticeship and Red Seal accreditation information in BC, contact:
Bill Hardy, HortEducation.ca
Office/Cell: 604-430-0422 E-mail: [email protected]
Karen Brown 604-997-2737; James Robertson 604-792-0477; John Van Beveren 250-668-8525; Nancy Boekestyn (905) 658-2167, Anik Hamel 604-866-4672
Contact: Nancy Boekestyn
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Phone: (905) 658-2167
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