22114 – Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists



22114 – Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists survey and assess landscapes; draw sketches and build models of landscape designs; construct and maintain gardens, parks, golf courses and other landscaped environments; advise clients on issues related to horticulture such as irrigation; breed, cultivate and study plants; and treat injured and diseased trees and plants. They are employed by landscape designers and contractors, lawn service and tree care establishments, golf courses, nurseries and greenhouses, and municipal, provincial and national parks, or they may be self-employed.


Index of titles
Cloning technician - cannabis
Cultivation technician
Golf course superintendent
Greens superintendent
Horticultural technician
Horticultural technologist
Horticulture specialist
Horticulture technician
Horticulture technologist
Hydroponics technician
Interior plantscape specialist
Irrigation technician (except agriculture)
Landscape architectural technician
Landscape architectural technologist
Landscape designer
Landscape gardener
Landscape horticulturist
Landscape technician
Lawn care specialist
Lawn care superintendent
Plant doctor
Plantscape technician
Tree and shrub specialist
Tree service technician
Turfgrass management specialist


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Arborists and tree service technicians
Examine trees and shrubs to diagnose problems and disease, and apply various treatments such as pruning, spraying, repairing damaged areas and injecting with treatment solutions.

Golf course superintendents
Direct crews who maintain the health and appearance of golf courses and their surrounding landscapes, plant and move trees, and apply fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides.

Plan and coordinate the growth and use of plants for landscaping, ornamental uses and other purposes.

Landscape designers and landscape architectural technicians and technologists
Survey and assess sites, prepare drawings, sketches and reports and perform other duties to assist landscape architects in designing landscaped environments.

Landscape gardeners
Plant and maintain private and public lawns and gardens.

Plan and construct landscaped environments which may include trees, shrubberies, lawns, fences, decks, patios and other landscape structures.

Lawn care specialists
Visit clients, assess the health of lawns, and apply fertilizer, pesticides and other lawn care products.


Employment requirements
Completion of a two-to-three year college program in agronomy, arboriculture, horticulture, landscaping, landscape design or landscape technology is usually required.
Experience as a landscape and grounds maintenance labourer may be required for golf course superintendents, landscape gardeners and landscapers.
An apprenticeship program is available for horticulturists, arboriculturists and landscape gardeners.
Trade certification for landscape horticulturists is available, but voluntary, in all provinces.
A provincial licence to apply chemical fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides may be required.
In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title of Professional Technologist.
Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified landscape horticulturists upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.


Additional information
The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.


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