Horticulture and Garden Centre Operations






Agriculture et pêches

Nombre d'unités


Durée de la formation

1335 Heures


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.

New Frontiers SB
Centre de formation professionnelle

Huntingdon Adult Education and Community Centre

GroupeÉtatJ/SDate de début
Fall 2015
J 08 Sep 2015

Professions visées (IMT En ligne d'Emploi Québec)

Appellation(s) d'emploi

Contenu du programme

Numéro ou codeNom du cours / CompétenceHeures
704592Use pesticides outdoors30
705142Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process30
705156Analyze plants using botanical principles90
705163Prune woody plants45
705176Amend and fertilize soils90
705183Plant and transplant plants45
705196Remedy plant health problems90
705206Produce plants90
705213Maintain edible plants45
705224Perform summer maintenance tasks in a garden60
705235Perform fall maintenance tasks in a garden75
705245Perform spring maintenance tasks in a garden75
705252Interpret plans and specifications30
705261Use pesticides in protected cultivation15
705272Look for horticultural information30
705286Maintain indoor and potted flowering plants90
705291Communicate in the workplace15
705307Design a plan for a garden105
705312Maintain horticultural machinery, tools and equipment30
705324Start and maintain lawns60
705333Organize sales and storage areas45
705342Sell horticultural products and equipment30
705351Use job search techniques15
705365Enter the workforce75
754992Ensure health, safety and physical well-being on construction sites30