To work in Alberta, a landscape horticulturists must be ONE of the following:
- a registered apprentice
- an Alberta-certified journeyperson
- someone who holds a recognized related trade certificate
- someone who works for an employer who is satisfied that the worker has the skills and knowledge expected of certified journeyperson
To register with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, apprentices must:
- have an Alberta high school transcript with at least English Language Arts 10-2, Math 10-3 and Science 10, or equivalent, or a pass mark in all 5 GED tests, or pass an entrance exam.
- find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates.
The term of apprenticeship is four years (four 12 month periods) that include a minimum of 1,200 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year. High school students can earn credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time through the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).
Applicants who have related training or work experience may be eligible for credit or certification.
Landscape horticulturist apprentices may take the interprovincial exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training to earn a Red Seal (certification recognized in most parts of Canada).
Technical training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training and is currently offered at Olds College.
For more information, visit the Technical Training Centre on the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website.
Landscape horticulturists who work with pesticides must have a Landscape Alberta Pesticide Applicator Certificate from the Pesticides Program - Land Branch of Alberta Environment and Parks.
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