In-Class Training

How long is in-class training?

Apprentices will attend two – twelve week semesters at the training provider of their choice. These semesters are offered every year.

Level 1: 12 weeks / 3 Months (JAN-MAR)

Level 2: 12 weeks  / 3 Months (JAN-MAR)

Apprentices can choose from the following training providers:

Training ProviderLocationTraining ProviderLocation
AlgonquinAlgonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave.,
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
(613) 727-4723
HumberHumber College – North Campus
205 Humber College Blvd.,
Toronto, ON M9W 5L7
(416) 675-3111
FanshaweFanshawe College
1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.,
London, ON N5Y 5R6
(519) 452-4277
MohawkMohawk College
481 Barton St.,
Stoney Creek, ON L9C 1E9
(905) 575-2545

How much does in class training cost?

Each twelve week semester will cost the apprentice approximately $650 in tuition. This amount reflects an 85% subsidy by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) towards tuition. Apprentices attending in-class training are eligible for additional financial assistance, click here for more information.

Does the apprentice apply directly to the in-class training provider?

NO, When the apprentice initially registers as an apprentice with STO (Skilled Trades Ontario) they will place the apprentice on a wait-list for their requested training provider. Offers of classroom training will be mailed directly  to the apprentice.

What will I learn?


  • Trade Practices – Safety, Tools and Equipment
  • Work and Project Organization
  • Communication Skills
  • Horticultural Principles – Plant Science
  • Environmental Principles – Soil, Water, Environmental Stewardship
  • Pre-Construction Activities
  • Hardscape Installation and Maintenance
  • Softscape Installation and Maintenance – Turf
  • Softscape Installation and Maintenance
  • First Aid and CPR Training


  • Site Preparation and Protection
  • Project Preparation
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Plant Identification and Management
  • Environmental Practices
  • Hardscape Structures Installation and Management
  • Plant Health Care – Pest, Diseases & Invasive Species Management
  • Green Infrastructure Installation and Maintenance
  • Mentoring and Training Techniques

For more information, view the complete Apprenticeship Curriculum Standards for the Horticultural Technician 441C Apprenticeship Program.