Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship

LANDSCAPE HORTICULTURIST APPRENTICESHIP


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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If you are considering a career in the landscape industry or are currently working as a landscaper, becoming an apprentice would be the first step to your Journeyperson certification.

The Burnaby School District’s Community & Continuing Education office is an authorized industry training provider of Level 1 and Level 2 for the Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship.

The course fee covers all textbooks and materials.

Financial support and guidance

  • Landscape Horticulturist is now a Red Seal Trade — see Industry Training Authority (www.itabc.ca) for details.
  • Most students will qualify for financial support through the federal government’s employment insurance (EI) program; applications should be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the start of class. Visit the Service Canada website for details.
  • For information about grants and tax credits available for this apprenticeship program, see the attached file from HortEducation.ca.
  • Apprenticeship student loans are available at Apprentice Loans.

PREREQUISITES

Students should meet all the following prerequisites before registering:

  • Grade 10 English or equivalent
  • Physically fit
  • Students entering Level 1 must either attend an information session or email the program coordinator Karen Flynn (cceprogrammer@burnabyschools.ca) for details on Industry Training Authority (ITA BC) and Employment Insurance (EI) registration

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To receive the Journeyperson certification, students must complete 4 courses (called levels) and the required workplace hours (5280 hours).

Burnaby Community & Continuing Education is offering Level 1 and Level 2 of the Journeyperson certification. Students can then transfer to Kwantlen Polytechnic University or another institution to complete the remaining Level 3 and Level 4 courses.


FUTURE EMPLOYMENT

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will receive Journeyperson certification. This identifies you as an expert in the field and gives you the opportunity to qualify for higher paying jobs that require professional certification.

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. For detailed course information, refer to the Program Outline available on the ITA website: www.itabc.ca then ‘find my trade’, then Horticulturist, Landscape.


INSTRUCTOR BIOS

Peter Isaacson
Peter’s main interests lie in the ornamental horticulture industry because of its links to agriculture, the urban environment and the public. In his role as president of Desslsaa Horticultural Consultants Inc, he works on behalf of the ornamental nursery industry on pest management and pesticide related issues (minor uses, pesticide bylaws, risk reduction, IPM research). He also works with the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), US IR-4 Program, NAFTA –Technical Working Group on pesticides and pesticide registrants to advance ornamental pesticide priorities, risk reduction and issues. He as conducted Integrated Pest Management presentations and training workshops for the nursery and landscape sectors across Canada, including wholesale nurseries, urban landscapers, local BC municipalities, retail garden centers and students. Peter is a participant within the Institute of Sustainable Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He plans and conducts research trials on pest control products (efficacy, phytotoxicity), assembling funding applications and writing of reports. He also produces technical writing in integrated pest management, entomology, plant pathology, weed science and pesticide risk reduction including trade journal articles, technical bulletins, landscape apprenticeship course development for HortEducation BC and writing of national nursery crop profiles for Agriculture and Agrifood Canada’s Pest Management Centre. Other qualifications:
– Ornamental plant health instructor in the School of Horticulture, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
– Assisted in development of BC Horticulture Apprenticeship Plant Health curriculum
– Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, National IPM/Minor Use Coordinator
– BC Greenhouse Growers Association, Research and Technical Manager
– Completion of Instructional Skills Workshop, Kwantlen Polytechnic Univserity
– Completion of Maser of Pest Management, SFU
– Completion of B.Sc. (Biology), University of Victoria

Craig Rawlyk
Craig has 19 years’ experience in the field of horticulture. He spent 15 of those years in control of the day-to-day operation of the equipment and supply warehouse of one of BC’s largest landscape companies. Craig is always eager to educate, instruct and apply advanced knowledge of productgion methods, machine maintenance, inventory audits and safety.

Tom O’Sullivan
Tom completed his Senior Certificate in Commercial Horticulture in Ireland (2 year program) and his Red Seal Landscape Horticulture Certification in BC, and has held several unique employment positions in Ireland, Holland, Denmark and here in BC. He has taught horticulture programs at many institutions both in BC and abroad. Tom currently is employed in Grounds Maintenance Operations with a large provincial institution.


STUDENT FEEDBACK

I found all the teachers approachable and able to answer my questions. You can see the teacher’s primary goal is to ensure that we all learn and understand. They made every effort to make us comfortable with the subject matter.
The teachers were all great! Looking forward to seeing you all for level 2.
Registration by phone or in person
Register by phone
604-296-6901

Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Burnaby CCE Office
5325 Kincaid Street
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Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Burnaby South Secondary
5455 Rumble Street
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Tue | Wed | Thu
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Burnaby Central Secondary
6011 Deer Lake Parkway
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Tue | Thu 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

All office locations are closed on statutory holidays.

Refund policy

Fee payments originally made by credit card are credited back to the same card; for expired or invalid credit cards, refunds are made by cheque. Fee payments originally made by cash or cheque are made by cheque. Please allow 3 weeks for processing.

Cancelled classes
When a class is cancelled by Burnaby CCE, a full refund will be issued.

Full time certificate / diploma programs
A refund request must be submitted in writing and must include the original course registration receipt. For a refund request received at least 1 week prior to the first day of classes, a $100 processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. For a refund request received less than 1 week prior to the first day of classes, a $200 processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. No refund is issued for a request received after classes begin. Please see individual course descriptions for exceptions.

Part time certificate / diploma programs
A refund request must be submitted in writing and must include the original course registration receipt. For a refund request received at least 1 week prior to the first day of classes, a $25 processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. For a refund request received less than 1 week prior to the first day of classes, a $50 processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. No refund is issued for a request received after classes begin. Please see individual course descriptions for exceptions.

General interest courses that are 1 session long
A refund request must be submitted in writing and must include the original course registration receipt. For a refund request received at least 24 hours before the start of the class, a 20% processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. No refund is issued for a request received less than 24 hours before the start of the class.

General interest courses that are 2 or more sessions long
A refund request must be submitted in writing and must include the original course registration receipt. For a refund request received before the second session of the course, a 20% processing fee and any applicable course supply fees are deducted when the refund is issued. No refund is issued for a request received after the second session of the course.