Horticultural Technician

ACA, Unrestricted Certified Trade, Designated Red Seal Trade


  • 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
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