Prairie Horticulture Certificate (PHC)

  • Designed for both professionals working in the horticulture industry and gardening enthusiasts.
  • It is the first home study program horticulture program designed specifically for the Prairie Provinces.
  • A consortium of four Western Canadian educational institutions collaboratively offer this program: Assiniboine Community College (Brandon, Manitoba), Olds College (Olds, Alberta), the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan. Each consortium partner develops and delivers courses in their areas of expertise.
  • Core courses required for a particular stream are to be successfully completed for certification. You are not restricted to taking courses from one particular stream and you can take courses for personal interest or for professional upgrading.

 Regular Admission: PHC Program applicants are required to meet one of the following admission requirements:

  • 17 years of age and older
  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Special or Mature Admission: if you do not meet regular admission requirements but are 21 years of age or older, you may apply with:

  • a recommendation of the Selection Committee following a personal interview; or,
  • a recommendation of a Professional Agrologist (PAg), a person of similar qualifications, a high school teacher, or a member of the horticulture industry. The person submitting the recommendation must have known the applicant for at least two years. 

Probationary Admission: if you are not admissible in either the regular or special category, you may apply under probationary admission and register for two courses (one course per term). If you successfully pass both courses with an average mark of 60% or better, you will meet regular admission requirements.

There are four study streams:

  • Fruit and Vegetable Production
  • Greenhouse Crop Production
  • Landscaping and Arboriculture
  • Nursery Crop Production

To obtain your Certificate, complete the required number of core courses, together with the courses specified for a particular stream, and maintain an overall weighted average of 60%; a total of nine courses equivalent to 360 hours (36 credit weights) represents the minimum requirement.

Fruit and Vegetable Production Stream

Greenhouse Crop Production Stream

Landscaping and Arboriculture Stream

Nursery and Crop Production Stream