There are many resources out there for those interested in advancing their skills in this industry. No matter what your stage in life, there are plenty of opportunities to get the skills you need.
Specialist High Skills Major: Horticulture and Landscaping Major
This program is currently being run in 29 high schools across Ontario. Grade 11 and 12 students will be given the skills to advance into one of four streams: apprenticeship (agricultural-fruit grower, horticultural technician), college (tree service tech, parks operations manager, golf course tech), university (landscape architect, horticulturalist, botanist) or entry level workplace (greenhouse worker, landscaper). CNLA’s Landscape Committee along with the provincial associations, are working hard to get this program in at least one high school per province by year end.
Post Secondary Horticulture and Landscape Educational Listings
There are many universities across the country that offer a wide selection of programs and degrees for our industry. A listing of schools and programs can be found at www.cnla-acpp.ca/postsecondaryed
In the past two editions of the Newsbrief, Landscape Priorities Manager, Liz Klose, has provided a run-down on the Canadian Red Seal apprenticeship program. Completing the Red Seal examination allows you to obtain Red Seal endorsement on your Certificate of Qualification. This means that you meet interprovincial standards for your trade. More information available at www.red-seal.ca.
Recognizing Canadian companies that raise the level of professionalism in the landscape industry.
Minimum standards for the nursery industry, for use by students, educators and professionals.
An independent industry body with a mandate to administer nursery certification programs in Canada.
Provides the framework for basic training sessions to develop an informed well-rounded employee.