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Horticulture and Landscape Technology

Horticulture and Landscape Technology

Turn your love of the outdoors into a dynamic career. Develop in-depth knowledge of plants and strong technical skills, with an emphasis on practicing environmental stewardship.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available


This program brings together the study of science, your creativity and love of the outdoors to prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career. You develop an in-depth knowledge of plants and an understanding of the horticulture industry. You also build strong technical skills, leadership and interpersonal skills and learn to apply them working with industry partners on various projects.

After your first year, you choose between a Landscape or Operations concentration to prepare for your career choice.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates are able to work in a variety of industries related directly or indirectly to horticulture. As the horticulture industry continues to evolve and expand, new opportunities are being broached and developed in areas such as living walls and green roofs, turf management, horticulture therapy, recreation and environmental sustainability. Industries include nurseries, greenhouses, garden centres, farm markets, interior and exterior landscape operations, park maintenance, botanical gardens and more.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in a state-of-the-art facility and through real projects that provide opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills.
  • You gain a comprehensive set of skills that is current with industry needs and opens many avenues for employment.
  • This program has been developed in partnership with the horticulture industry and you get the knowledge and skills required by employers.
  • You enrich your awareness of environmentally-friendly practice, learning in a context that promotes land stewardship and sustainable development.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more
  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Landscape Horticulturist trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.

Other info

  • Students are eligible for membership in Greenhouse Growers Association, Landscape Nova Scotia and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Landscape Horticulturist is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
HLAN 3006   Integrated Pest Management
HLTG 1000   Plant Production and Retail Principles I
HLTG 1003   Green Research Project
HLTG 1010   Plant Production and Retail Principles II
HORT 1002   Biology
HORT 1010   Industry Relations
HPRA 1004   Landscape Plant Materials I
HPRA 1005   Landscape Principles I
HPRA 1019   Horticulture Science I
HPRA 1100   Work Experience
HPRA 2005   Landscape Principles II
HPRA 2019   Horticulture Science II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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