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Landscape Horticulture Fundamentals Certificate

NIC is currently not accepting applications for the Landscape Horticulture Fundamentals Certificate. If you are interested in this program, you should apply to Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship - Level 1 Enriched.

  • Whether you're a recreational gardener wanting to expand your knowledge or someone looking for a career change, you will gain a solid foundation in horticulture and landscape maintenance.
  • Advance your knowledge of plant health and landscape maintenance as a recreational gardener or to pursue a new career.
  • Learn basic landscape maintenance skills in preparation for specialized or advanced horticulture programs.

Career possibilities: Most applicants take this program for personal interest or to work on their own properties. Whether studying for personal interest or employment, you will be well-prepared for entry-level positions within the ornamental landscape industry, including private landscape companies, municipal parks, golf courses, garden centres, vegetable farms, orchards and more.


  • Learn from the best. You'll learn from qualified instructors with years of professional knowledge and experience to share.
  • Hands-on experience matters. Applied learning and practice is a key part of the program. It gives you the knowledge and experience you are looking for to work confidently in public or private landscape or garden spaces.


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. The Landscape Horticulture Fundamentals certificate program is an intensive evening/weekend program that  is a good starting point for anyone planning to continue their studies in more specialized horticultural disciplines or pursue entry-level work in horticulture. The program is also suitable for the recreational gardener who wants to increase their horticultural knowledge.
The program provides a solid foundation in horticulture while focusing on landscape maintenance skills and introducing landscape design considerations. Courses cover a wide range of topics, including horticulture practices, equipment, and organizational skills; plant identification, health and science; soil; landscape maintenance skills and design fundamentals. You will complete WHMIS certification and spend a good part of the program practicing your new skills on campus.

Already working in the landscaping industry or wanting to start a new career in the field? Work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) designation with Level 1 Landscape Horticulture apprenticeship training at NIC.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate, you will be well-prepared for entry level positions within the ornamental landscape industry, including private landscape companies, municipal parks, golf courses, garden centres, vegetable farms, orchards and more.

Supply List

  • CSA-approved, steel-toed footwear
  • calculator
  • secateurs
  • work gloves
  • rainwear
  • notebook, paper, pen and ruler
  • binder for course materials
  • beginner's drafting kit - Staedtler 10 piece or similar

Admission Requirements

  1. C in English 10, NIC ENG-035 or equivalent; or successful NIC English assessment testing.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

Program Requirements

Completion Requirements

You must have successfully passed all courses with a minimum of 70% to receive your Landscape Horticulture Fundamentals certificate.

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

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. 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

Year 1
Tuition $1,380
NISU Fees $45
Lab Fees $135
Books $120
Learner Resource $50
Total $1,730

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