Mar 15, 2010 - 8 years ago
By Supply Post
CNC Quesnel is offering a Horticulture Technician foundation level program, the first of its kind offered in northern B.C.
“This program is intended to be a niche program for the Quesnel campus, thus providing access to horticulture training for northerners,” said Gayle Campbell, program coordinator for CNC Quesnel. “This is a program CNC Quesnel and the Post-Secondary Education Council has wanted to offer for the past few years. It’s the first program in horticulture and agriculture that CNC Quesnel plans to offer.”
The Industry Training Authority-approved program includes courses in horticulture plant science, horticultural practices, plant health and pest management, plant identification, soil management, basic supervision and equipment maintenance and safety.
Those with green thumbs who want to enter the industry as a skilled worker are encouraged to apply. They should have a strong interest in plants and like the hands-on aspect of the work. Depending on the scope of the work, many positions within the industry involve working outside in a variety of weather conditions.
Admission requirements include either Grade 10 or equivalent, but Grade 12 is preferred. Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following: Grade 10 with English 10, Mathematics and Science 10 or equivalent; Adult Basic Education or College and Career Preparation Intermediate Certificate; General Equivalency Diploma; Mature Student Status (determined by contacting counseling and advising). All applicants must write the English and Math Achievement Test (EMAT) which includes math, English and mechanical reasoning.
Those who successfully complete the Horticulture Technician Foundation program will receive Level 1 and Level 2 technical training credit and 500 work-based hours credit towards either the Landscape Horticulture or Production Horticulture apprentice program. Individuals may transfer into level 3 of Landscape Horticulture apprentice program or Level 3 of Production Horticulture apprentice program. They’ll also earn credit toward a two-year diploma program.
“Future plans would have Quesnel delivering the entire program,” said Campbell. “Until then, students may check the Industry Training Authority website for institutes offering third and fourth levels.”
Once students complete the foundation level program, they can go on to work in 12 different career areas such as botanical gardens, nurseries, municipal and regional parks departments, garden centres and retail nurseries, floriculture, landscape contracting and grounds management and lawn care.