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Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship

Credential: Certificate of Achievement Program Code: 06101 Length: 12 weeks

Programs Starting Between:

Apprenticeship Registration

If you have recently received an Offer of Classroom Training, issued by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), you are required to register into one of the apprenticeship classes listed below.

Note: If you have not received an Offer of Classroom Training or are not yet a registered apprentice you are not eligible to register. For information about becoming an apprentice, contact The Centre for Trades and Technology at

The Humber Advantage

Facilities & Equipment

Humber College has some of the best facilities for delivery of this type of education. The Humber Arboretum is a 250-acre botanical garden that surrounds the campus and includes ornamental gardens, woodland gardens, wildlife gardens, and ecologically diverse environments centred on the west branch of the Humber River. The Arboretum serves as a unique ‘living classroom’ for plant studies, construction, arboriculture and horticultural skills. Our new construction lab is housed in a weather protected 8000 square foot facility that allows construction of full-scale structures such as decks, gazebos, retaining walls, and water features. We also have excellent computer labs for teaching our CADD (computer aided design and drafting) courses.

Software & Technology

We teach Dynascape which is CADD software that is widely used in the landscape industry. Students can also access AutoCAD as an extra course. Even though CADD training is not part of the apprenticeship curriculum, apprentices can access this training either through our Continuing Education (CE) program or on a part-time basis through the Landscape Technician Diploma Program.

We are currently submitting a proposal for 6000 square feet of new state-of-the-art greenhouses that will further enhance our teaching capability.

Your Career

According to Statistics Canada, the popularity of landscaping activities has resulted in the booming lawn and garden industry. Earn a living with your green thumb and construction skills in a wide range of growth industries such as landscape, horticulture, construction, maintenance, irrigation, lighting and lawn care.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Apprentices completing the required in-school training are issued a Certificate of Apprenticeship from Humber College. Upon successful completion of in-school and on-the-job training, apprentices may write the Ontario Certificate of Qualification trade exam.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.


How to Become an Apprentice

  1. Find an employer who is willing to train you in the field you want to apprentice in. Humber College does not find an employer for you.

  2. Once you find a company that will take you on as an apprentice you must contact The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities who will come to your place of employment and register you as an apprentice.

  3. Sign a contract of apprenticeship or training agreement with your employer and Training Consultant from the Apprenticeship Board of the Ontario government.

  4. Complete on the job training and the required working hours.

  5. Complete in-school training arranged by your Training Consultant at your assigned community college.

  6. Challenge and pass the trade certification exam and receive a grade of at least 70%.

  7. Receive your Certificate of Qualifications and journeyperson status.

Student Spotlight

Humber's Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship Program for women is opening new doors for many. Read Jacqueline Silva Rubilar's story in the article written for The Star.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.