Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship Training

Gain highly sought after landscape maintenance and design skills while you work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification. NIC works closely with industry professionals to ensure you receive the best and most current training to prepare you for work at landscaping companies, municipal parks, garden centres and horticulture businesses. Sponsorship is available through for Level 1 so you can register as an apprentice.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Comox Valley
Starts: TBD
Length: 12 weeks/lvl

An apprenticeship offered me recognizable skills, industry certifications and secure employment for years to come. As an employer, I know apprentices have the knowledge and training to succeed in my business.

James Leard, NIC Landscaping grad and owner of Little River Landscaping

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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 Horticulturist Apprenticeship Harmonized – Level 1
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LHA-200 - Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship - Level 2 Enriched

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


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. With no experience contact for a sponsorship number to provide the ITA.
  3. Complete and submit the NIC Application for Admission form, writing "Landscape Horticulture Apprenticeship Training - Level 1 or Level 2" as the program name.
  4. Complete and submit the NIC Apprentice Training Registration form.

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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. Level 1 will be of interest whether you are a recreational gardener, looking for a career change or starting out in your career. It is designed for those currently working and those planning to work in landscaping. No experience? No problem. will sponsor you so you can register with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) as an apprentice. 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

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
  • Safety Glasses
  • Secateurs
  • Work gloves
  • Rainwear
  • Notebook, paper, pen and ruler
  • Binder for course materials
  • Beginner drafting kit - Staedtler 10-piece set or similar

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Level 1 Level 2 Grand Total
Tuition $1,173 $2,984
NISU Fees $50 $50
Lab Fees $141 $141
Books $200 $125
Learner Resource $56 $56
Total $1,620 $3,356 $4,976

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.