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Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship Training

Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: Level 1: January 2018, Level 2: See schedule below
  • Get the skills you need to start a new career in horticulture.
  • Advance your skills and qualifications through industry-recognized training.
  • Work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification.


  • Industry-approved training. NIC works closely with industry professionals and local employers to ensure you receive the best, most current training possible.
  • Enriched curriculum. Gain highly sought after landscape maintenance and design skills in addition to ITA curriculum.
  • Funding opportunities. You may be eligible for federal grants and provincial tax credits of $1,000 or more after completing each level of technical training and work-based hours.

What is Landscape Horticulture?

Landscape horticulture is the art of selecting, handling and utilizing ornamental trees, shrubs, and turf grass for the design, development and maintenance of public and private landscape spaces. A landscape horticulturist prepares soil and cultivates, prunes, and irrigates plants to maintain plant health. They also control plant pests using integrated pest management techniques.

Landscape Horticulture Technical Training

All NIC training programs follow the criteria set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to ensure your trade qualification meet industry standards.

LHA 100, Level 1, 12 weeks – Comox Valley
LHA 200, Level 2, 12 weeks – Comox Valley

This apprenticeship program is designed for those currently working and those planning to work in landscaping. Potential employers include landscape companies, municipal parks, golf courses, garden centres, nurseries and horticulture-related businesses. Study part time during the evening and weekends, allowing you to further your education while maintaining employment. Please note that no work experience in landscaping is required to apply to this program.

An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training and classroom learning that leads to a trade credential – or “ticket”. An apprenticeship is established when an employer agrees to sponsor an employee, and both employer and employee register with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). If you are already working in the field, you and your employer can register with the ITA to get your ID# and start tracking your work hours. Those who do not already have an employer or experience in the industry may use HortEducation BC as their sponsor for this first level of training.

NIC works closely with industry to ensure your apprenticeship training is of the highest quality, including an enriched curriculum with additional topics on landscape maintenance and design, giving you value-added skills attractive to employers.

For upcoming training schedules view the Schedules tab.

For more information on apprenticeships visit the ITA website, or HortEducationBC.

Upon completion, you will be prepared to write your Industry Training Authority Level 1 and Level 2 exam toward your Interprovincial Red Seal.

Grants and Tax Credits

You may be eligible for federal grants and provincial tax credits of $1,000 or more after completing each level of technical training and the accompanying work-based hours. A completion grant is also available on certification. Visit the ITA website for additional information.

Supply List

  • CSA-approved, steel-toed footwear
  • Calculator
  • Secateurs
  • Work gloves
  • Rainwear
  • Notebook, paper, pen and ruler
  • Binder for course materials
  • Beginner drafting kit - Staedtler 10-piece set or similar

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must be ITA registered apprentices. An Industry Training Authority individual ID number (ITA-ID) is required. If you do not have an ITA-ID, you will need to register with the ITA prior to admission at
  2. Complete and submit the NIC Application for Admission form, writing "Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship Training - Level 1 or Level 2" as the program name.
  3. Complete and submit the NIC Apprentice Training Registration form.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

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Apprentices enrolling in technical training must take their training in sequential order, levels 1, then 2, then 3 then 4. You must complete all levels of technical training to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination. NIC is currently only offering Level 1 and Level 2 Landscape Horticulture training.
LHA-100 - Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship - Level 1 Enriched
  • 2018 Winter: January 29 - Apr 20, 2018, Comox Valley

LHA-200 - Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship - Level 2 Enriched

  • TBA
Dates and classes may change or be cancelled depending on demand.


Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Level 1 Level 2 Grand Total
Tuition $1,125 $2,815
NISU Fees $45 $45
Lab Fees $140 $140
Books $200 $125
Learner Resource $50 $50
Total $1,560 $3,175 $4,735

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