You enjoy working outdoors and don't mind getting your hands dirty. Gardening and growing plants is important to you, yet you'd still like to improve your horticulture skills and have the garden you've always dreamed of. Perhaps you enjoy horticulture so much that you'd like to explore it as a career option. Or better yet, you're already working in the industry but would like to earn credentials to advance your career. Whatever your situation, horticulture studies at the University of Guelph will provide you with a high-quality education that is meaningful and practical in the real world. Our new Horticulture Diploma features newly developed and enhanced courses, an improved student online learning experience, and a program structure that allows you to tailor your studies to your personal and professional learning goals. Courses are taught by industry experts and are delivered entirely online so you can enjoy the convenience and flexibility of studying at a time and place that works for you, from anywhere in the world. With a total of 10 online courses to complete, the diploma program will strengthen your horticulture knowledge. The program requires the completion of three foundational courses, two advanced courses, and five electives. You may choose to complete one or two areas of focus within your diploma program for a more specialized diploma, or choose courses from a variety of subject areas for a broader approach. Required Courses: Minimum Required: 5 Course(s) Students must successfully complete the following five (5) required courses: 3101001 Plant Identification 3101002 Soils and Plant Growth 3101003 Integrated Pest Management 3101004 Horticulture Capstone 3101005 Business Principles in Horticulture Elective Courses: Minimum Required: 5 Course(s) Students must successfully complete five (5) elective courses as part of their Horticulture Diploma from the following list. An area of focus can be achieved by successfully completing the two (2) courses indicated below the area of focus title. Turf Management: 3101014 Turf Management 3101015 Weed Management Greenhouse Production: 3101016 Greenhouse Crop Production 3101017 Greenhouse Management Cannabis Production: 3101020 Cannabis Production 3101021 Cannabis Regulations and Quality Assurance Natural Landscapes Management: 3101024 Naturalizing and Restoring Landscapes 3101025 Arboriculture Nursery Production: 3101022 Nursery Production 3101023 Plant Propagation Urban Agriculture: 3101018 Vegetable Production 3101019 Issues in Urban Agriculture Landscape Design: 3101006 Landscape Design I 3101007 Ecological Design Careers:
  • Nurseries, garden centres and landscape maintenance
  • Parks and recreation staff
  • Institutional grounds staff (e.g., hospital, university)
  • Naturalist
  • Professional urban gardener
  • Note: Check with the institution regarding start/ end dates, prices, and delivery method. These may vary according to the program, section, and/or semester.


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    • Institution: University of Guelph
    • Program type: Diploma
    • Language: English
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    • Attendance: Part Time
    • Delivery: Online Anytime

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