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Prairie Horticulture Certificate: Course Descriptions & Fees

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

Applied Botany: University of Saskatchewan
Introduces basic plant anatomy at the cellular level and whole organ level and investigates the significant processes throughout a plant’s lifecycle. Thorough coverage is given to plant classification and naming, with a stress on botanical grammar. Basic propagation, plant hormones, pollination, fruit set and ripening are discussed. This course focuses on factors of importance to prairie horticulture, including comprehensive coverage of climatic factors and discussion of diseases.
Tuition: $660.00
Offered: Fall, Winter and Spring terms

Arboriculture: Olds College
Introduces the basic terminology used in arboriculture, the principles of installation, and care and maintenance of trees and shrubs in the landscape. This course also addresses the effect s of the environment on growth and development of woody plants
Tuition: $499.00
Offered: Fall and Spring terms

Basics of Horticulture Business Management: Olds College
Introduces the basics of business management within the horticulture industry. Students gain an understanding of the characteristics of a small business and the principles of small business organizations; financial performance, budgeting and human resource management for the small business.
Tuition: $499.00
Offered: Fall, Winter and Spring terms

Basics of Horticulture Marketing: Olds College
This course introduces basics of marketing within the Horticulture industry. Students will gain an understanding of the fundamental marketing elements of the Canadian and Prairie horticultural industry, including: basic principles of marketing, principles of consumer behaviour, price-setting, and credit granting strategies, sales process, the elements of distribution channels in domestic and global markets
Tuition: $499.00
Offered: Fall and Winter terms

Cannabis Crop Production: Olds College
Introduces cannabis specific botany and production requirements in both a greenhouse and warehouse
setting. Topics include: plant growth cycle, genetics, propagation, pest management, integrated crop management (ICM) and harvesting criteria under controlled environment. An introduction to the chemical composition of cannabis and its importance from a medical and recreational perspective is also addressed.

Tuition: $499.00

Offered: Winter term

Floral Design: University of Saskatchewan

Introduces the theory and practice of floral design. Topics include: 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.
Tuition: $500.00
Offered: Fall term only

Fruit Production: University of Saskatchewan
Introduces fruit production on the Canadian prairies including: the role of prairie climate in large-scale fruit production; plant breeding and cold hardiness; flowering and fruit development; fruit growth, thinning and maturity indices and harvesting techniques. This course discusses site selection, orchard establishment, planting, frost protection and briefly addresses pruning & grafting and post-harvest storage. Fruit crops include apples, plums, pears, strawberries, raspberries, currants and Saskatoon berries.
Tuition: $500.00
Offered: Winter term only

Greenhouse Crop Production: Olds College
Introduces 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: $659.00
Offered: Fall and Winter terms

Greenhouse Structures and Environments: Olds College
Introduces the fundamentals of greenhouse construction and maintenance, as well as specialized features of greenhouse structures and environmental controls.
Tuition: $499.00
Offered: Winter and Spring terms

Herbaceous Landscape Plants: Olds College
Introduces the study of common plants in the prairie landscapes including herbaceous perennials, biennials and annual flowers. This course discusses classification, identification, landscape characteristics, adaptations, cultural requirements and proper use of the plants.
Tuition: $499.00
Offered: Winter and Spring terms

Human Resource Management: Assiniboine Community College
Introduces human resource management strategies, issues, and processes of managing people in an agricultural workplace. 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: $499.00
Offered: Fall, Winter and Spring terms

Indoor Landscaping: University of Saskatchewan
This course covers both the theory and practice of indoor landscaping. Topics include: basic design concepts; people-plant relationships and the function of plants in the indoor environment. This course discusses plant culture, maintenance and integrated pest management. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to prepare cost estimates and budgets and create, install and maintain commercial indoor landscapes.
Tuition: $660.00
Offered: Fall term only

Integrated Plant Management: Olds College
Introduces the basics of identifying, monitoring, predicting, and managing the environment and pest problems affecting horticulture crop growth. Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to diagnose problems, provide solutions, and predict how the manipulation of growing conditions will impact other factors.
Tuition: $659.00
Offered: Fall and Winter terms

Landscape Construction: Olds College
Introduces the theory and application of landscape construction and emphasizes safety procedures. Students will learn about interlocking paving stones; water features; retaining walls; low voltage lighting; wooden decks; and fences.
Tuition: $499.00
Offered: Fall term only

Landscape Design: Olds College
Students will gain the skills needed to produce a simple residential landscape design for a client. This course addresses the design process; identifying client needs; producing preliminary site plans and design program; using drafting equipment; and producing a basic landscape design in plan view.
Tuition: $659.00
Offered: Fall and Winter terms

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: University of Saskatchewan
Introduces the production, processing and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants on the Prairies. The course will provide students with useful information and skills that can be applied in establishing or running a herb production, processing, or marketing enterprise.
Tuition: $500.00
Offered: Winter term only

Nursery Crop Production: Assiniboine Community College
Introduces the production, processing and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants on the Prairies. The course will provide students with useful information and skills that can be applied in establishing or running a herb production, processing, or marketing enterprise.
Tuition: $499.00
Offered: Winter term only

Plant Propagation: Olds College
Introduces both theoretical and practical information for hands-on plant propagation. This course will provide an understanding of the physiological and physical processes involved in propagation and the required skills to carry out various propagation techniques.
Tuition: $659.00
Offered: Fall and Spring terms

Postharvest Handling of Food Crops: Assiniboine Community College
Introduces the principles of postharvest handling, storage, and transportation of fruits, vegetables and herbs. 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
Tuition: $499.00
Offered: Spring term only

Safe Work/Pesticide Application: Assiniboine Community College
Introduces the different aspects of 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.
Tuition: $499.00
Offered: Fall, Winter and Spring terms

Soils for Horticulture: University of Saskatchewan
Introduces 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, to improve soil physical properties, will be discussed. Potting media for greenhouse production will be introduced; however, the course emphasis is on natural soils. 
Note: It is recommended that students collect a four litre sample of soil from their garden or area for completion of course assignments. If soil cannot be collected, you may be able to purchase soil from a landscaping or greenhouse business.
Tuition: $660.00
Offered: Fall, Winter and Spring terms

Turfgrass Production and Management: Assiniboine Community College
This course outlines the production and maintenance of turfgrasses to enable students 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: $659.00
Offered: Fall, Winter and Spring terms

Vegetable Crop Production: University of Saskatchewan
Introduces vegetable production on the Canadian prairies in terms of soil, climate, equipment, cultural practices, management and marketing. A wide range of crops are 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.
Tuition: $500.00
Offered: Fall and Winter terms

Woody Landscape Plants: University of Saskatchewan
Introduces the identification and classification of woody ornamental plants. This course addresses plants common in the prairie environment including deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers.
Tuition: $500.00
Offered: Fall and Winter terms

Assiniboine Community College Old College University of Saskatchewan