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Horticulture and Landscape Technology - Operations Concentration

Horticulture and Landscape Technology - Operations Concentration

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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


The Operations concentration is an option of the Horticulture and Landscape Technology diploma program. You start this concentration at the beginning of your second year.

In this concentration, you learn all aspects of greenhouse, nursery and garden centre practices. Your courses and study focuses on plant propagation/production, plant care and maintenance in greenhouse, nursery and garden centre environments utilizing safe and sustainable practices.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of Horticulture and Landscape Technology – Year 1 or Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Horticulture and Landscape Technology program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the Academic Requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

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.

Career options

  • Graduates may find employment in the garden centre, nursery and greenhouse sectors of the horticultural industry and in wholesale, re-wholesale and retail garden centre operations.

Other info

  • Certified Horticulture Technician – Individuals who wish to obtain a national professional designation must meet stated eligibility criteria from recognized governing institutions such as Landscape Nova Scotia. This program provides 1,000 hours of the 2,000 hours that are required for the Certified Horticulture Technician (CHT) certification. In addition to course work, you also need to meet required industry experience to complete your certification.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
HGRO 1100   Work Experience
HGRO 3002   Propagation I
HGRO 4001   Propagation II
HLAN 3004   Landscape Plant Materials II
HLAN 4003   Plants in the Landscape
HLTG 1005   Research, Practice and Application
HLTG 1006   Landscape Analysis and Planning
HLTG 1014   Site and Environment Management
HLTG 2020   Plant Production and Retail Principles III
HLTG 3006   Operations Production and Maintenance I
HLTG 4005   Operations Production and Maintenance II
HLTG 4006   Nursery Systems Operation
    Horticulture - Land Tech - Operations open elective course requirement.

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