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Horticulture & Landscaping SHSM

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The SHSM–Horticulture and Landscaping provides students with a strong foundation for a wide variety of careers in the horticulture and landscaping sector. It enables students to build a foundation of career-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.

The Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM is currently offered at Saltfleet District.

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Bundle of Grade 11 and 12 Courses

  • Four sector-specific courses such as Green Industries, Construction Technology, Environmental Science and Technological Design
  • Three other required courses: English, Math, and Science or Business
  • Two Cooperative Education credits in a horticulture or landscaping placement
    • Coop placements could include working at places like landscape design companies, garden centres, Gage Park greenhouses, and green industry companies

Speak to your guidance counsellor or SHSM subject teachers for specific pathway courses for your school


Apprenticeship Training
Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Major Credits
One credit may be substituted with a cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
English including a CLA 1 1 1 1
Mathematics including a CLA 1 1 1 1
Business Studies or Science including a CLA
May be substituted with 1 cooperative education credit (additional to the
2 required co-op credits)
1 1 1 1
Cooperative Education 2 2 2 2
Total number of credits 9 9 9 9


This SHSM sector requires students to complete a specified number of compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs, as indicated in the following table.

Four (4) compulsory

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED) Plant Identification Standard First Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site- specific) instruction


Three (3) electives from the list below

advanced training in a technology cash handling and register training customer service edging and trimming
fall protection grading and drainage grading and sodding herbicide and pesticide
Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) ladder safety training lawn mower use and safety leadership skills
paver installation plant layout portfolio development project management
pruning sector-specific sustainability practices sector-specific vehicle operation and safety seed saving
tree planting weed and pest identification and management work orders Working at Heights

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Design, installation and maintenance of landscaping projects on school grounds or with sector partners.
  • Greenhouse planting and management.
  • Participation in annual plant sales.
  • Job shadowing, job twinning or short-term work experience with an industry professional

Reach Ahead Examples

Talks with industry professional, interviewing a college or university student or apprentice, visits to post-secondary institutions and apprenticeship training facilities offering horticulture and landscaping programs.

Occupations in the Horticulture and Landscaping Sector

The following table provides examples of occupations in the arts and culture sector, with corresponding National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, sorted according to the type of postsecondary education or training the occupations would normally require.

Apprenticeship Training


  • Arborist 2225
  • Horticultural Technician 2225
  • Small Engine Technician 7335
  • Golf Course Technician 8612
  • Landscape Technologist 2225
  • Parks Operations Manager 0114
  • Tree Service Technician 2225
  • Urban Forestry and Park Technician 2122



  • Biologist 2121
  • Botanist 2121
  • Horticulturist 2225
  • Landscape Architect 2151
  • Plant Pathologist 2121
  • Gardener 2225
  • Greenhouse Worker 8432
  • Grower 8254
  • Landscape Labourer 8612
  • Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance
  • Contractors 8255
  • Lawn and Garden Retail Salesperson 6421
  • Plant Propagator 8432
Updated on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
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