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Agriculture Technology

University of the Fraser Valley
Program overview
2 years
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Start dates
September 2020  (English)
January 2021  (English)
September 2021  (English)
January 2022  (English)
September 2022  (English)
January 2023  (English)
Courses from University of the Fraser Valley

Program description

Agriculture Technology

In your first year, you get to complete the requirements of either the Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate or the Livestock Production certificate before going on to year two. All courses from these certificates apply to the diploma program.

In your second year, you develop additional expertise in your chosen area of practice, learn about sustainable holistic agricultural practices, and explore issues relating to on-farm food safety, quality, and security. You also develop your writing, business, and marketing skills both by completing coursework and a hands-on enterprise project where you get to develop a business plan for an agricultural venture.

A final practicum provides you with the opportunity to gain work experience.

Admission requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  • One of the following Mathematics classes:
    • Foundations of Mathematics 11
    • Pre-calculus 11
    • Workplace Math 11 or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11
    • The formerly offered Principles of Mathematics 11, Applications of Mathematics 11, or Essentials of Mathematics 11
    • MATH 085 or equivalent
  • One of the following Grade 11 sciences:
    • Life Sciences 11, Biology 11, or BIO 083 (strongly recommended)
    • Chemistry 11 or CHEM 083
    • Earth Sciences 11 or Earth Science 11
    • Physics 11 or PHYS 083
  • Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. 
  • The Agriculture Technology department will also consider applicants if they can demonstrate that they have a reasonable chance for success. Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio and/or be interviewed.

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Program content

Topics covered in this program include:

  • Fruit/vegetable crop production (if you choose the Horticulture option)
  • Livestock management and production (if you choose the Livestock option)
  • Sustainable soil management
  • Professional report writing
  • Principles of microeconomics
  • Field techniques in pest management
  • On-farm food safety, quality, and security
  • Essentials of marketing

Tuition fees

For information about tuition fees, please visit the program webpage. 

Continuing studies

After you have gained two years of experience in the industry, you may wish to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration for Agriculture Management to learn the fundamentals of business management theories and practices and prepare to take up a leadership role in any agribusiness or agricultural agency.

If you've selected the Horticulture option, you may choose in your third semester to transfer your credits to the four-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science. Or you may finish your fourth semester to earn your Agriculture Technology diploma and enter the Bachelor of Agriculture Science in semester five, after you complete pre-requisite Biology and Statistics courses.

Career opportunities

Horticulture job opportunities

  • Greenhouses/field production
  • Nurseries
  • Pest management companies
  • Landscaping companies
  • City parks
  • Agri-service companies or technicians with various levels of government

Livestock job opportunities

  • Farm managers or owner/operators
  • Dairy herdspersons
  • Ranch hands
  • Agri-service companies
  • Poultry producers
  • Government livestock and forage technicians
  • Artificial insemination specialists

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About this institute

University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is an accredited public Canadian university which serves 15,000 students, 1,900 of which are international students. UFV offers 16 bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, and over 100 certificates and diploma programs in areas...

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Contact info

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road
V2S 7M8 Abbotsford British Columbia

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