About

The Prairie Horticulture Certificate (PHC) is an online program designed specifically for the Prairies. It was developed for professionals and gardening enthusiasts and is collaboratively offered through a consortium of three western Canadian educational institutions, each with their own signature areas of expertise: Assiniboine Community College (Manitoba), Olds College (Alberta) and the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatchewan).


Quick facts
  • 2-year certificate (with continuous registration)
  • 9 courses/360 hours required for completion
  • Flexible part-time program 
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • This program is offered online
  • Individual courses can be taken for personal interest

What you will learn

Horticulture is the study of the biology, production and utilization of fruits, vegetables, flowers, medicinals, ornamental crops, trees, shrubs and turf grass grown under field and greenhouse conditions. It is the most diverse of agricultural industries, involving both art and science. 

You can choose one of four streams of study:

Required Courses: 

Course  Description
HORT 13 Applied Botany
foundational course; start with this one
SLSC 14 Soils for Horticulture 
foundational course; take after Applied Botany
HORT 38 Postharvest Handling of Food Crops 

and at least three of:

Course  Description
HORT 14 Integrated Plant Management
HORT 15 Safework/Pesticide Application 
HORT 41 Basics of Horticulture Marketing
HORT 42 Basics of Horticulture Business Management 

and at least two of:

Course  Description
HORT 21 Vegetable Production 
HORT 23 Fruit Production
HORT 28 Propagation 

PLUS any open elective courses necessary to meet the minimum requirements. Open Elective courses include:

  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  • Floral Design
  • Human Resource Management
  • or any other course not used to fulfill a stream requirement

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Required Courses: 

Course  Description
HORT 13 Applied Botany
foundational course; start with this one
SLSC 14 Soils for Horticulture 
foundational course; take after Applied Botany
HORT 27 Woody Landscape Plants
HORT 30 Arboriculture

and at least three of:

Course  Description
HORT 14 Integrated Plant Management
HORT 15 Safework/Pesticide Application 
HORT 41 Basics of Horticulture Marketing
HORT 42 Basics of Horticulture Business Management 

and at least two of:

Course  Description
HORT 36 Landscape Design
HORT 36 Landscape Construction
HORT 34 Indoor Landscaping
HORT 31 Turfgrass Production and Management
HORT 33 Herbaceous Landscape Plants

PLUS any open elective courses necessary to meet the minimum requirements. Open Elective courses include:

  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  • Floral Design
  • Human Resource Management
  • or any other course not used to fulfill a stream requirement

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Required Courses: 

Course  Description
HORT 13 Applied Botany
foundational course; start with this one
SLSC 14 Soils for Horticulture 
foundational course; take after Applied Botany
HORT 25 Greenhouse Crop Production
HORT 35 Greenhouse Structures and Environments

and at least three of:

Course  Description
HORT 14 Integrated Plant Management
HORT 15 Safework/Pesticide Application 
HORT 41 Basics of Horticulture Marketing
HORT 42 Basics of Horticulture Business Management 

and at least one of:

Course  Description
HORT 34 Indoor Landscaping 
HORT 28 Propagation 

PLUS any open elective courses necessary to meet the minimum requirements. Open Elective courses include:

  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  • Floral Design
  • Human Resource Management
  • or any other course not used to fulfill a stream requirement

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Required Courses: 

Course  Description
HORT 13 Applied Botany
foundational course; start with this one
SLSC 14 Soils for Horticulture 
foundational course; take after Applied Botany
HORT 26 Nursery Crop Production
HORT 28 Propagation

and at least three of:

Course  Description
HORT 14 Integrated Plant Management
HORT 15 Safework/Pesticide Application 
HORT 41 Basics of Horticulture Marketing
HORT 42 Basics of Horticulture Business Management 

and at least one of:

Course  Description
HORT 27 Woody Landscape Plants
HORT 36 Landscape Design
HORT 37 Landscape Construction

PLUS any open elective courses necessary to meet the minimum requirements. Open Elective courses include:

  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
  • Floral Design
  • Human Resource Management
  • or any other course not used to fulfill a stream requirement

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Careers

The Prairie Horticulture Certificate (PHC) provides all the essential tools to work in the horticulture industry or start your own business.

PHC will also:

  • upgrade your teaching certification: PHC is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the Province of Saskatchewan for the Additional Qualification Certificate (AQC) under the technical or vocational programs category. K to 12 teachers can upgrade their classification with this certificate.

  • advance your civic career: PHC is an approved training program by the City of Saskatoon for employee career advancement.

Tuition estimates

Estimated
Tuition $485.00 - $640.00 per course
Textbooks and materials $475.00 approximate for all 9 courses
Student fees $91 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects the range you could expect to pay per class (2018-2019 Canadian dollar rates).
 Fees are used to fund specific student services and union. The cost of books and supplies vary widely depending on the courses you choose.

Admission requirements

Requirements

  • 17 years of age and older
  • Grade 12 or equivalent (GED, ABE, ACE subjects are not accepted for regular admission)
If you do not meet the above requirements, you may be eligible for probationary special admission.

Applicants for probationary special admission must submit a high school equivalent (GED, ABE or ACE) diploma and any applicable post-secondary transcripts as well as a resumé with their applications.

Students admitted on a probationary basis are permitted to register in only one course per term. Probationary students who successfully pass two courses with an average mark of 60.0% or better will be deemed to have met the regular admission requirements. Probationary students who do not meet regular admission requirements will be required to discontinue.

Application deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall
September to November
 August 15
Winter
January to March
December 1
Spring
March to May
February 15

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $75 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

  1. Download and complete the application for admission form
  2. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing institution directly to the PHC Program
  3. Provide a high quality copy of both the front and the back of your Permanent Resident card, if applicable
  4. Pay application fee (new U of S students only)

College info

The Prairie Horticulture Certificate is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Agriculture and Bioresources through a partnership with Assiniboine Community College (Brandon, Manitoba) and Olds College (Olds, Alberta). 

Explore related programs

If you are looking for degree programs, visit the College of Agricultre and Bioresources page. If you are looking for graduate level (Master or Ph.D.) programs please consult our graduate students' website.

Questions?

For more information, contact the Distance Education unit at:

Phone: 306-966-6488
Email: certificates.admin@usask.ca

467 Williams Building
221 Cumberland Avenue North
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK S7N 1M3