Prairie Horticulture Certificate: Course Descriptions & Fees

Fees are subject to change. Pre-requisites, textbooks and other details are available in detailed course descriptions on insitutional websites.

Applied Botany: University of Saskatchewan
Basic plant anatomy at the cellular level and whole organ level is covered as well as the processes of photosynthesis and respiration. Thorough coverage is given to plant classification and naming, with botanical grammar being stressed. Plant hormones, pollination, fruit set and ripening are discussed. Basic propagation is addressed and comprehensive coverage is given to climatic factors of importance to prairie horticulture. The course concludes with a discussion of diseases of significance to prairie horticulture.
Tuition: $641.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Arboriculture: Olds College
This course outlines basic terminology used in arboriculture, the principles of installation, and care and maintenance of trees and shrubs in the landscape. It also provides "how to" information in these areas. Finally, the effect of the environment on growth and development of woody plants is addressed. There is no final exam in this course.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Fall term only

Basics of Horticulture Business Management: Olds College
This course introduces business management basics for operating a small business within the horticulture industry. Gain an understanding of the characteristics of a small business and the principles of small business organizations; financial performance in a small business; small business budgeting; and human resource management for the small business.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Basics of Horticulture Marketing: Olds College
Interested in marketing within the horticulture industry? Learn marketing basics as you gain an understanding of the fundamental marketing elements of the Canadian and prairie horticultural industry, basic principles of marketing and consumer behavior, price-setting, elements of the sales process, distribution channels in domestic and global markets, and the marketing plan and its components.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Field Production of Floral Crops: Olds College
Learn the steps to plan and establish a production field for floral crops. Gain the knowledge required to make practical decisions about what to grow and how to establish, maintain and harvest selected floral crops.
Tuition: $485.00. This will be the last offering of Field Production of Floral Crops. The class will be retired in April, 2018
Offered in Winter term only

Floral Design: University of Saskatchewan
The course covers the theory and practice of floral design. Topics covered include: floral crop origins and distribution; basic botany; nomenclature and terminology; care and handling of fresh cut flowers/foliage. The course provides basic understanding of the tools, supplies, and mechanics used in floral design. Floral design styles, elements and principles are discussed. Additional tools and supplies are required.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Fall term only

Fruit Production: University of Saskatchewan
Course topics include: role of prairie climate in large-scale fruit production; plant breeding and cold hardiness; flowering and fruit development; fruit growth, thinning and maturity indices; harvesting techniques; and concepts of postharvest storage are briefly discussed. In addition, site selection, orchard establishment, planting, and frost protection are addressed. Pruning & grafting are also covered. Fruit crops include apples, plums, pears, strawberries, raspberries, currants and saskatoon berries.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Winter term only

Greenhouse Crop Production: Olds College
Learn several aspects of greenhouse production including an overview of the prairie greenhouse industry, production economics, chemical and biological pest control and the production of bedding plants, potted and flowering plants and vegetables.
Tuition: $640.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Greenhouse Structures and Environments: Olds College
Learn the fundamentals of greenhouse construction and maintenance, as well as specialized features of greenhouse structures and environmental controls.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Herbaceous Landscape Plants: Olds College
This course is a study of common plants in the priaire landscapes including herbaceous perennials, biennials and annual flowers. The course will discuss classification, identification, landscape characterisitcs, adaptations, cultural requirements and proprer use of the plants.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Human Resource Management: Assiniboine Community College
This course strengthens students' abilities as owners, managers and supervisors of an agricultural workplace, to effectively deal with increasing workforce management expectations. There is no final exam in this course.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Indoor Landscaping: University of Saskatchewan
This course covers both the theory and practice of indoor landscaping. Topics include: an overview of the indoor landscaping industry; basic design concepts; people-plant relationships and the function of plants in the indoor environment. Plant culture, maintenance and integrated pest management are discussed. The course concludes with a section on indoor landscaping as a business:  preparation of cost estimates, budgeting, advertising, etc. Students should be able to create, install and maintain a commercial indoor landscape on completion of this course.
Tuition: $641.00
Offered in Fall term only

Integrated Plant Management: Olds College
The course outlines the basics of identifying, monitoring, predicting, and managing the environment and pest problems affecting horticulture crop growth. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to describe and apply the principles of Integrated Plant Management. The student will be able to diagnose problems, provide solutions, and predict how the manipulation of growing conditions will impact other factors. There is no final exam in this course.
Tuition: $640.00
Offered in Winter term only

Landscape Construction: Olds College
This course is an introduction to the theory and application of landscape construction. Students will learn about: interlocking paving stones; water features; retaining walls; low voltage lighting; wooden decks; and fences. Safety procedures are emphasized. 
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Fall and Winter terms

Landscape Design: Olds College
Acquire skills needed to produce a simple residential landscape design for a client. This course will cover the design process; identifying client needs; producing a series of preliminary site plans and a design program; using drafting equipment; and producing a basic landscape design in plan view.
Tuition: $640.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: University of Saskatchewan
This is an introductory course to the production, processing and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants on the Prairies. The course will provide students with useful information and skills that could be applied in establishing or conducting a herb production, processing, or marketing enterprise.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Winter term only

Nursery Crop Production: Assiniboine Community College
The course covers the principles and practices of the production of trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. Production in both field as well as container is addressed in the commercial business environment. The historical evolution of the prairie industry is discussed as it relates to current crop management practices. 
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Winter term only

Plant Propagation: Olds College
Learn both theoretical and practical information for plant propagation. Gain an understanding of the physiological and physical processes involved in propagation and the required skills to carry out various propagation techniques. You will propagate plants from seed and cuttings in a small propagation structure you create yourself, documenting the results photographically. 
Tuition: $640.00, Materials Fee: $85.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Postharvest Handling of Food Crops: Assiniboine Community College
The principles of postharvest handling, storage, and transportation of fruits, vegetables and herbs are covered in this course. Handling and storage practices to maintain quality of fruits, vegetables and herbs are addressed. Factors which influence quality such as timing of harvest, specific storage environments, causes of quality loss and transportation are discussed. Storage and handling of fresh herbs are also discussed. There is no final exam in this course.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Spring/Summer term only

Safe Work/Pesticide Application: Assiniboine Community College
Learn about different aspects of attitudes on safety in the use of pesticides in the horticulture industry. Topics include: basic chemistry; legislation and regulations; labeling; toxicity; handling practices; environmental protection; pest management; application equipment; emergency response; and public relations. The course provides an opportunity to write the qualifying exams for the Manitoba Pesticide Applicator Certification in the landscape category according to the National Task Force Standards on Pesticide Education, Training and Certification. This course is of particular interest to horticulturalists who apply pesticides, but are not mandated to be certified or licensed. Registering for this course also provides the opportunity to register with Assiniboine College for the Manitoba Pesticide Landscape Applicators Certification exams. Manitoba Agriculture would accept for licensing, under the Manitoba Pesticides and Fertilizers Control Act, candidates who have successfully completed pesticide training as developed under the National Task Force Standards on Pesticide Education, Training and Certification. Individuals from Saskatchewan completing Safe Work/Pesticide Application who also obtain their Manitoba license are eligible to apply for their Saskatchewan permit. Those completing Safe Work/Pesticide Application who also obtain only their Manitoba certificate would be eligible for a Saskatchewan permit after challenging and successfully completing the Saskatchewan exam. We recommend you contact Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food at 306-787-4669 for more information regarding Saskatchewan requirements. If you are interested in whether this course can be used for certification purposes in Alberta, please call Alberta Environmental Protection at 403-538-5460 regarding Alberta regulations. There is no final exam in this course.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Soils for Horticulture: University of Saskatchewan
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of Soil Science with specific reference to the study of Horticulture. The components of soil, their physical and chemical properties, and soil-water relationships will be the theoretical basis on which soil management and fertility will be considered. Synthetic and natural fertilizers and amendments, which improve soil physical properties, will be investigated. Potting media for greenhouse production are examined; however, the course emphasis is on natural soils.
Tuition: $641.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Turfgrass Production and Management: Assiniboine Community College
This course outlines the production and maintenance of turfgrasses to enable you to function within the landscaping and turf production industries. Topics include: an overview of the turfgrass industry; turfgrass physiology; plant morphology and species identification; native turfgrass; soils; turfgrass establishment, culture, management practices and problems; turfgrass pest control and integrated pest management.
Tuition: $640.00
Offered in Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer terms

Vegetable Crop Production: University of Saskatchewan
This course covers vegetable production on the Canadian prairies in terms of soil, climate, equipment, cultural practices, management and marketing. A wide range of crops is reviewed from vegetable crops to vines. The course provides students with information necessary to establish a vegetable operation, advise others on vegetable production, or enhance their background for employment in the vegetable industry. There is no final exam in this course.
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in  Fall and Winter terms

Woody Landscape Plants: University of Saskatchewan
This course covers the identification, classification, landscape characteristics, adaptations, cultural requirements, value and use of woody ornamental plants. Plants common in the prairie environment are addressed and include deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers. 
Tuition: $485.00
Offered in Fall and Winter terms.

Assiniboine Community College Old College University of Saskatchewan