Horticulture Technician

Horticulture Technician

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Horticulture Technician

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Horticulture Technician

Horticultural Technician – NEW

Horticulture Technician

Horticulture Technician

The art, science and business of horticulture are the focus of this two-year program. You will learn the skills required to create landscapes, renew historical gardens, enhance communities and express their creativity while learning the complexities involved in making things grow. This program offers dynamic, hands-on opportunities to experience the many aspects of horticulture as you work toward becoming a professional horticulturist.

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Program Description

Gain knowledge and hone your skills in landscape construction, nursery management and soil and plant nutrition by putting your green thumb to work in sustaining the beautification of residential lots, business locations and communities.

A growing interest in landscaping, gardening and urban agriculture is prompting more people to spend money on these enjoyable diversions and opening new opportunities for graduates. Experience the art, science and business aspects of horticulture as you work toward becoming a professional horticulturalist working in the landscape and horticulture industries.

As part of a partnership between Durham College and Parkwood National Historic Site (Parkwood), students enrolled in this program will have an opportunity to train and study at Parkwood’s historic gardens and greenhouses in addition to their regular classes at the college’s Whitby campus, home of the new Centre for Food, which opened in September 2013. This incredible new learning centre will undergo further expansion to include orchards, agricultural fields, greenhouses and more. Students will also participate in several off-site field trip type activities throughout the year.

You will focus on:

  • Aspects of growing plants outdoors, indoors and in a greenhouse environment.
  • Disease and pest management.
  • Landscape construction.
  • Landscape design fundamentals.
  • Nursery management.
  • Parks and turf management fundamentals.
  • Plant propagation.
  • Retail store operation.
  • Small equipment operation and safety.
  • Soil and plant nutrition.

Please note: Students will be required to purchase green tag safety boots in order to participate in many laboratory settings.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
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Field to Fork vision

Feld-to-fork is a concept based on the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of food – in particular the production of local food for local consumers.

Durham College has adopted this concept and applied it to a diverse range of programs that crossover traditional academic schools with the curriculum, faculty expertise and equipment required to implement field to fork built into several of the college’s programs.

Capitalizing on classroom and lab equipment availability, select courses may be offered at any of our locations including the Oshawa and Whitby campuses and the new Centre for Food (CFF), the heart of the college’s field-to-fork vision.

Development on the CFF, which opened to students in September 2013, is continually underway including extensive landscaping planning for the grounds surrounding the building. This includes plans for a future on-campus orchard, pollinator garden, greenhouse, demonstrator gardens, green roof, agricultural planting zone and arboretum. 

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Career Options


  • Construction supervisor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Garden designer
  • Golf course technician
  • Greenhouse grower
  • Landscape contractor
  • Municipal gardener
  • Nursery grower


  • Greenhouses and garden centres
  • Horticulture equipment companies
  • Landscape construction and maintenance
  • Landscape design assistance
  • Municipal parks or gardens
  • Nursery stock farms
  • Property management
  • Tree management or maintenance companies
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$290$290
Total Fees:$4,281$14,453

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement opportunity in the horticultural industry. Students may complete their field placement requirement in a variety of ways, for example by successfully completing a related summer employment opportunity, a part-time work related position or an off-campus placement during semesters 3 and 4 of your program. All placement opportunities must be pre-approved by the program co-ordinator.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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  • ontariocolleges.ca code: HORT
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Primary location Whitby (some courses may be offered at Parkwood Estate)
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: May 2017
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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