Horticulture and Garden Centre Operations

Turn your green thumb into a career in this ‘growing’ industry!

Learn about the plants and trees available on the Quebec market, how to interpret and design landscaping plans, how to prune and fertilize plants and garden using both traditional and hydroponic growing systems, and more! The advice you give to your horticulture and garden center clients will see their projects bloom and grow!

(International students MUST register through the International Students application process.)

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Horticulture and Garden Centre Operations HAECC Aug 12, 2024 11 months $318.40
Horticulture and Garden Centre Operations HAECC Aug. 11, 2025 11 months $318.40

Program content
Admission conditions
Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
704-592 Use pesticides outdoors 30 2
705-142 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 30 2
705-156 Analyze plants using botanical principles 90 6
705-163 Prune woody plants 45 3
705-176 Amend and fertilize soils 90 6
705-183 Plant and transplant plants 45 3
705-196 Remedy plant health problems 90 6
705-206 Produce plants 90 6
705-213 Maintain edible plants 45 3
705-224 Perform summer maintenance tasks in a garden 60 4
705-235 Perform fall maintenance tasks in a garden 75 5
705-245 Perform spring maintenance tasks in a garden 75 5
705-252 Interpret plans and specifications 30 2
705-261 Use pesticides in protected cultivation 15 1
705-272 Look for horticultural information 30 2
705-286 Maintain indoor and potted flowering plants 90 6
705-291 Communicate in the workplace 15 1
705-307 Design a plan for a garden 105 7
705-312 Maintain horticultural machinery, tools and equipment 30 2
705-324 Start and maintain lawns 60 4
705-333 Organize sales and storage areas 45 3
705-342 Sell horticultural products and equipment 30 2
705-351 Use job search techniques 15 1
705-365 Enter the workforce 75 5
754-992 Ensure health, safety and physical well-being on construction sites 30 2
  1335 89

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor’s degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional prerequisites

This section identifies the modules or course codes for the actual programs of study in adult general education that are specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics. Functional prerequisites includes the successful completion of specific prerequisites as well as the general development test (TDG). When a DVS doesn’t require specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a dash ( – ) is displayed in the appropriate cell. For programs that lead to an AVS, specific prerequisites and the TDG do not apply (N/A).

Specific prerequisites
Language of instruction Second language Mathematics
Adults Youth Adults Youth Adults Youth
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3) 632-306 ou (630-316)

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Skills you will learn

  • seasonal maintenance of plants and gardens
  • landscape design
  • greenhouse operations
  • garden centre operations and sales
  • pruning, planting and transplanting techniques

Did you Know

  • We receive regular employment opportunities for our graduates.
  • The skills acquired in the Horticulture program can be easily transferred to landscaping and can help you get your own business off the ground.
  • To enroll in the program you only need a secondary 4.
  • It’s been shown that people who work with plants are generally happier, more relaxed and less prone to depression.


What level of secondary studies must I have to get into the program?

You must have completed a secondary 4 level of studies and be 16 years of age as of June 30th of the corresponding school year.

Is the program only focused on theory or is there hands-on learning?

Students participate in our field placements for 75 hours over a two week period during the program. Not only does this provide practical experience, but it can also create important links and networks for future employment opportunities.
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