Agriculture et pêches
Number of credits
Number of contact hours allotted for specific training
Program approved in 2008.
The Horticulture and Garden Centre Operations program prepares students to practise the trade or
occupation of plant-care worker.
Plant-care workers work in a variety of settings: for public or private organizations that manage parks, green spaces, gardens and golf courses; for horticultural consulting firms; in specialized garden centres; in the horticultural department of department stores.
Plant-care workers maintain parks and green spaces by producing, maintaining and propagating plants as well as installing flower beds, mass plantings, mosaics, containers and other floral displays. In horticulture, their work consists in preparing soils; seeding, planting and maintaining plants; and preparing and applying plant protection products.
In the retail industry, plant-care workers are often referred to as sales consultants. Their work involves receiving merchandise and displaying living or inert horticultural products; maintaining outdoor and indoor plants; monitoring and maintaining designated sales areas (annuals, perennials, shrubs, etc.); analyzing and responding to customer inquiries by providing information; selling horticultural products or referring customers to specialists; and participating in general retail operations, such as inventory control, sales monitoring and customer needs analysis.
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.
Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)
|Number or code||Course Name / Competency||Hours|
|704592||Use pesticides outdoors||30|
|705142||Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process||30|
|705156||Analyze plants using botanical principles||90|
|705163||Prune woody plants||45|
|705176||Amend and fertilize soils||90|
|705183||Plant and transplant plants||45|
|705196||Remedy plant health problems||90|
|705213||Maintain edible plants||45|
|705224||Perform summer maintenance tasks in a garden||60|
|705235||Perform fall maintenance tasks in a garden||75|
|705245||Perform spring maintenance tasks in a garden||75|
|705252||Interpret plans and specifications||30|
|705261||Use pesticides in protected cultivation||15|
|705272||Look for horticultural information||30|
|705286||Maintain indoor and potted flowering plants||90|
|705291||Communicate in the workplace||15|
|705307||Design a plan for a garden||105|
|705312||Maintain horticultural machinery, tools and equipment||30|
|705324||Start and maintain lawns||60|
|705333||Organize sales and storage areas||45|
|705342||Sell horticultural products and equipment||30|
|705351||Use job search techniques||15|
|705365||Enter the workforce||75|
|754992||Ensure health, safety and physical well-being on construction sites||30|