Horticulturist, Landscape

“Landscape Horticulturists” identify, propagate, cultivate, grow and maintain plants, and manage injured and diseased trees and plants. They create and modify landscapes by measuring, designing, and interpreting plans. They construct and maintain gardens, parks, golf courses and other landscape environments. Landscape horticulturists install and maintain hard landscape elements such as retaining walls, patios, walkways and water features. In addition, they advise clients on issues related to horticulture and landscape construction. They are employed by landscape designers, architects and contractors, lawn service and tree care establishments, recreation facilities, golf courses, parks, nurseries, greenhouses, and municipal, provincial and federal governments. They may also be self-employed. 

OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS THE LANDSCAPE HORTICULTURIST PROGRAM WILL BE CHANGING. WHERE ARE WE NOW?

SEPTEMBER 2018 - AUGUST 2019

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Harmonized*

Current**

Current**

Current**

*Harmonized = Program stream with re-aligned content beginning in September 2018

**Current = Program stream for apprentices who've completed level 1 training before September 2018

If you are unclear as to what program you are registered in, or unclear as to which program you should be following, please contact ITA Customer Service

HARMONIZED PROGRAM INFORMATION - LEVEL 1 IN EFFECT SEPTEMBER 2018

Program Profile Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification.  Download (166 PDF KB)
Program Outline Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers Download (1,180 PDF KB)
Exam Weighting Charts The Exam Weighting Charts for the Harmonized level exams will be made available as the Harmonized level exams are launched. Will be made available when the Harmonized Level 1 exam is launched

Program Updates:

Transitioning to the Harmonized Program

Standardized Level Exams

  • Harmonized Level 1 - exam will be launched Winter 2018, an OPSN will be issued to announce the launch
  • Current Level 2 and Level 3, see Exam Weighting Charts

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 171.51 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 719.79 KB)
  • Foundation Profile
  • Describes the training that can be taken to learn more about the trade before becoming an apprentice
  • Download(PDF 139.06 KB)
  • Foundation Outline
  • Guidelines for the delivery of pre-apprenticeship training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 372 KB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 35.1 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.

OR

If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 66.01 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 72.32 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 207.93 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 222.92 KB)