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Horticulture Technician Foundation Program

VIU's 9-month (plus work experience) Horticultural Technician Foundation Program is unique in its diversity. Our location and facilities provide our students with a broad range of horticulture experiences including plant identification and propagation, greenhouse and nursery crop production, pest management, landscape design, construction and maintenance. During the summer period, students spend months working in industry.

Situated at the 32-acre G.R. Paine Horticultural Training Centre, students are provided with a modern and self-contained teaching environment only minutes from the main VIU campus. Occupying about 5 acres of this rural site, the Centre is comprised of classrooms, lab and work areas, modern production greenhouses, an ornamental nursery and supporting landscapes. A wide variety of plant materials are produced by program students at the Centre, such as bedding plants, poinsettias, Easter lilies, ornamental landscaping materials, native plants and forest seedlings

Our students have designed and built our demonstration gardens, made possible by various donations.

For the landscape maintenance and plant identification portions of the program, our students are also offered exceptional opportunities working at Milner Gardens & Woodland, a 70-acre estate in Qualicum Beach with an established, seaside garden.

Program Costs

See Program Costs for details regarding current fees.

(All fees are subject to change without prior notice.)

Admission Requirements

See Admission Requirements for details.


A Vancouver Island University Certificate will be awarded to each graduate.

Successful completion of this program enables graduates to continue their studies in Apprenticeship or a two-year Diploma program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley.


To become a student in the Horticultural Technician Foundation Program, apply to VIU.




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