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Horticulture & Landscaping

‚ÄčA 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.

‚ÄčThe 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.  

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The Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM Program consists of five required components: 

1. Bundled Credits

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. ‚Äč

‚ÄčCredits‚Äč

‚ÄčApprenticeship (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčCollege (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčUniversity (Grades 11-12)

‚ÄčWorkplace (Grades 11-12)‚Äč

‚ÄčMajor Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit  

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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit‚Äč

‚ÄčEnglish (Including a CLA)

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‚ÄčMathematics (Including a CLA)

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‚ÄčBusiness or Science (Including a CLA)

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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit  
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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit  
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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit  
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One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit  

‚ÄčCo-Operative Education

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2. Certification and Training

Students will earn both compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications through cost-free workshops and training courses/programs.‚Äč

‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčFour Compulsory Certifications‚Äč‚Äč

‚ÄčCardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C ‚Äď Includes AED 

‚ÄčPlant Identification

‚ÄčStandard First Aid

‚ÄčWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System ‚Äď Generic ‚Äč


‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčThree Elective Certifications

‚ÄčCash Handling and Register Training 

‚ÄčCustomer Service

‚ÄčEdging and Trimming

‚ÄčGrading and Drainage 

‚ÄčGrading and Sodding

‚ÄčHerbicide and Pesticide  

‚ÄčLadder Safety Training 

‚ÄčLawn Mower Use and Safety  

‚ÄčLeadership Skills

‚ÄčPaver Installation

‚ÄčPlant Layout 

‚ÄčPruning

‚ÄčTree Planting  

‚ÄčWork Orders

‚ÄčWorking at Heights‚Äč

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3. Career Exploration

Students will explore opportunities in their chosen sector through experiential learning and career exploration activities (field trips, guest speaking engagements, job shadowing). 

4. Reach Ahead Experiences

Students will participate in experiences aligned with the student‚Äôs post-secondary plans. 

5. Sector-Partnered Experience

Students will complete a sector-partnered contextualized learning experience.


SHSM Program Recognition

Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:‚Äč

  • ‚ÄčAn OSSD designated with an embossed red seal;
  • A SHSM record documenting their certification/training achievements;
  • Formal recognition on their Ontario School Transcript.‚Äč

Career Pathways

The Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:‚Äč

‚ÄčApprenticeship

‚ÄčCollege

‚ÄčArborist
Horticultural Technician
Small Engine Technician
‚ÄčFloriculture / Retail
Golf Course Technician
Landscape Designer / Technologist
Parks Operations Manager
Tree Service Technician
Urban Forestry and Park Technician

‚ÄčUniversity

‚ÄčWorkplace

Biologist
Botanist
Horticulturalist
Landscape Architect
Plant Pathologist
Plant Scientist  
‚ÄčGardener
Greenhouse Worker
Irrigation Technician
Landscape Labourer
Nursery Production
Pesticide Technician 


For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor.