Horticultural Industries

Algonquin College
2 years
Diploma / certificate
Algonquin College

About this program

Horticultural Industries

Transform your appreciation for landscape design into a career in the ever-evolving horticultural industry.

In the two-year Horticultural Industries Ontario College Diploma program you learn how to create landscapes from design to implementation. By offering a condensed format over 16 months, the Horticultural Industries program allows you to fast track your career.

Learn the key aspects of this dynamic industry, including:

  • urban and rural landscape design, installation and maintenance
  • nursery production and management
  • sustainable urban agriculture
  • green roof and living wall technology

The program offers a hands-on learning experience during the industry's prime production period in the spring/summer/fall. Practice skills in Algonquin College's extensive campus gardens surrounding the Horticulture Centre and within the attached greenhouse complex.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Place a high personal priority on enhancing the environment.
  • Have an affinity for plants.
  • Enjoy physical activity and working outdoors.
  • Work well in a team environment.
  • Are interested in landscape design from conception to implementation.
  • Are concerned about the safety of the environment and food source sustainability
  • Enjoy problem solving.
  • Appreciate working in a professional environment.
  • Are able to identify various plants, memorize plant names and ideal growing requirements.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) Overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Hardscape Installation I
  • Communications I
  • Cooperative Education Readiness
  • Nursery and Garden Centre Operations I
  • Urban Agriculture I
  • Landscape Maintenance I: Theory
  • Landscape Maintenance I: Applied
  • Horticultural Jobsite Safety

Level: 02

  • Hardscape Installation II: Theory
  • Hardscape Installation II: Applied
  • Business Communications for Horticulture
  • Interiorscaping,Living Walls and Green Roofs
  • Urban Agriculture II
  • Sustainable Landscape Design I
  • Nursery and Garden Centre Operations II

Level: 03

  • Landscape Installation and Maintenance: Applied
  • Community Service
  • Urban Agriculture III
  • Culture and Nature
  • Nursery and Garden Centre Operations III
  • Landscape Installation and Maintenance: Theory

Level: 04

  • Professional Landscape Operations
  • Urban Arboriculture Practices
  • Sustainable Landscape Design II
  • Urban Agriculture IV
  • Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Credential: Ontario College Diploma

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Design, estimate, install and maintain sustainable and ecologically sound green infrastructures in the urban and rural environments.
  • Install and maintain green roofs and living walls.
  • Grow food crops employing the principles of sustainable urban agriculture.
  • Plan and implement personal, site and equipment safety procedures.
  • Complete all work in accordance with professional and industry guidelines.
  • Identify, propagate, produce and market plant material.
  • Participate in applied research that contributes to the advancement of the urban agriculture, nursery and landscape industries field.
  • Manage urban agriculture, nursery and landscape industry projects and small divisions of a business.
  • Handle plant material competently, utilizing knowledge of plant culture, anatomy, physiology and integrated pest management practices.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

Graduates may find employment in urban food production; nurseries and garden centres; park systems; landscape design, construction and maintenance firms; the tree care industry; sales and service and consulting.

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1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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