Trade Secrets is the site for Alberta that is dedicated to the trades and provides information on Education, training, apprenticeship and employment in the trades for Alberta.
Information for Landscape Horticulturist can be found at https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/trades-occupations/profiles/047/
Apprenticeship Training (Taken from tradesecrets.alberta.ca)
The term of apprenticeship for a landscape horticulturist is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1200 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.
- An applicant who previously completed courses of study or work experience related to the landscape horticulturist trade or holds a related journeyperson certificate and has the employer’s recommendation, may qualify for credit that could reduce the term of apprenticeship. Inquiries about credit for previously completed courses of study or work experience can be directed to an apprentice representative toll-free at 1-800-248-4823.
- A person who has previous training or work experience in the trade and wants to determine their level of skill and knowledge for entry or advanced standing in an apprenticeship program may complete the online Prior Learning Assessment Application. For more information, see the online Prior Learning Assessment Guide.
- A high school student can become an apprentice and gain credits toward apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time under the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP).
To learn the skills required of a landscape horticulturist in Alberta and be issued an Alberta Journeyman Certificate, a person must:
- satisfy the entrance requirements or pass the entrance exam (see Entrance Level Competencies, Exam Counselling Sheet, Entrance Exam Study Guide, and Entrance Exam Support Materials List)
- find a suitable employer who is willing to hire and train an apprentice
Most employers prefer to hire high school graduates and may select apprentices from among their current employees.
For holders of an existing trade certificate, it can serve as your entrance requirement equivalency when registering in an additional trade.
- complete the online Apprenticeship Application and Contract
- pay the non-refundable application fee as part of the application process
- complete the required on-the-job training
– during on-the-job training, apprentice landscape horticulturists earn at least 60 percent of the journeyperson wage rate in their place of employment in the first year, 70 percent in the second, 80 percent in the third, and 90 percent in the fourth year.
- complete all program requirements as identified in the course outline
- enroll in technical training
- review books and materials required for training
- successfully complete all required exams
When apprentices attend technical training, they are required to pay the applicable tuition fee and purchase course supplies.
Apprentices involved in the Career and Technology Studies (CTS) stream in high school may be eligible for credit towards their apprenticeship first period training.
Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information see Financial Assistance, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Scholarship information: https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/financial-assistance/scholarships
Forms and References
For Potential Apprentices
Applications to get your apprenticeship career kick-started.
- Apprenticeship Application and Contract
- Prior Learning Assessment Application
- Apprenticeship Online (Paperless) Application Instructions
For Registered Apprentices
- Enrolment Instructions for Technical Training
- Enrolment Form for Technical Training
- Acceptance and Release Cards
- Accommodation Form for Apprentices
- Apprentice ID Card Instructions (for Apprentices and their Employers)
For General Applications
- An Alberta Student Number (ASN) is required to apply for programs and services.
Resources to help Alberta employers hire tradespeople.
- Occupational Employer Declaration Letter Sample (EDL)
- Qualification Employer Declaration Letter Sample (EDL)
- Best Practices Guide for Recruiting International Skilled Workers in the Trades and Fact Sheets on Recruiting Skilled Tradespeople from Ireland and the United Kingdom http://www.albertacanada.com/immigration/employers/trades.aspx
- Information and resources for employers on meeting their labour needs http://www.albertacanada.com/employers
- Employers who wish to recommend an exam challenge for an apprentice
- Employers who wish to recommend time credit for an apprentice prior to a Contract of Apprenticeship
- Employers who wish to submit on-the-job work experience hours and months for an apprentice currently registered in Alberta
- Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeship
- Apprentice ID Card Instructions (for Employers and their Apprentices)