HOW DO I BECOME A MANAGER IN HORTICULTURE?
To become a manager in horticulture, some people will begin as nursery or garden centre labourers and later acquire additional training and experiences to become a certified horticulture technician. After gaining the necessary skills and knowledge, an experienced horticulture technician can move into a management role, if that is of interest to them.
Managerial roles in horticulture involve leading teams, ordering materials, and liaising with customers and clients. Many employers look to hire managers who have a combination of skills, industry recognized professional development, technical and project management training and certifications, educational training, and on the job experience in horticulture and landscaping.
It is likely that many managers in horticulture are certified horticulture technicians. Horticulture technician is a regulated but voluntary trade in Ontario. Upon completing the necessary apprenticeship training program, individuals are issued a Certificate of Apprenticeship, which confirms that someone has the skills, knowledge and experience that meet industry standards.
Many Ontario colleges and universities offer horticulture programs, which will give you a solid foundation in horticulture knowledge and expertise that is an asset many employers look for.
Examples of in-school training can include, but is not limited to:
- Plant science, botany and plant identification
- Plant material and plant-handling techniques
- Plant propagation techniques and plant production
- Turf grass management
- Landscape construction
- Pest management
- Landscape equipment maintenance
- Irrigation (components, pipe layout and spray rates)
- Site layout, and grading and drainage
- Workplace communication and applied trade mathematics
- Applied safety procedures and first aid
- Health and safety
- Project management
HOW DO I BECOME A CERTIFIED MANAGER IN HORTICULTURE?
Industry associations offer certification programs for managers in landscaping and horticulture. For example, the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association offers a national Certified Landscape Horticulture Manager