A diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Horticulture sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from landscape design to greenhouse production and management. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Horticulture possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.
The Horticulture and Landscaping Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program provides students with the opportunity to specialize their academic studies, earn certifications and qualifications, and plan their career pathway while they are still in high school. The SHSM Program involves a number of components that provide students with a better understanding of the Horticulture industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.
Students will complete nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits related to their sector of interest, some of which are supplemented with contextualized learning activities (CLA) that frame the subject of study within the context of the Horticulture and Landscaping sector.
Apprenticeship (Grades 11-12)
College (Grades 11-12)
University (Grades 11-12)
Workplace (Grades 11-12)
Major Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit
English (Including a CLA)
Mathematics (Including a CLA)
Business or Science (Including a CLA)
Students will earn both compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications through cost-free workshops and training courses/programs.
Four Compulsory Certifications
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – Includes AED
Standard First Aid
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Generic
Three Elective Certifications
Cash Handling and Register Training
Edging and Trimming
Grading and Drainage
Grading and Sodding
Herbicide and Pesticide
Ladder Safety Training
Lawn Mower Use and Safety
Working at Heights
Students will explore opportunities in their chosen sector through experiential learning and career exploration activities (field trips, guest speaking engagements, job shadowing).
Students will participate in experiences aligned with the student’s post-secondary plans.
Students will develop essential skills and work habits, documented in the Ontario Skills Passport.
Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:
The Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:
For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor.