Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate

Why study horticulture?
Why take horticulture at UFV?
What type of career can I expect?
What do I need to get in?
Anything else I need to get in? 
How to apply? 
Program outline 
How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
Anything else I need to know? 
Sounds good. What do I do now? 
What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust? 
I'm not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options? 
 

  
Why study horticulture?
UFV’s agriculture program offers a bouquet of programs and courses that can be tailored to your exact needs whether you want to work “on farm” growing food and ornamental crops, or “off farm” in the agricultural services sector with career opportunities in business management, sales, marketing and research.
Your horticulture options at UFV include a comprehensive one-year Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate and a two-year Agriculture Technology diploma with an option in Horticulture Crop Production and Protection. Both programs emphasize the principles and practices of horticultural crop production, protection, and maintenance. And if you want to keep studying after one year, you can “ladder” the certificate directly into the two-year diploma program, which may then ladder into the Bachelor of Business Administration for Agriculture Management.

Why take horticulture at UFV?
Our programs provide an excellent balance of theory and practice, and emphasize management practices compatible with agricultural sustainability and society’s increasing concerns about environmentally responsible agricultural production techniques. As a horticulture student, you will participate in hands-on learning in the UFV greenhouses and on the UFV Chilliwack campus grounds.


What type of career can I expect?
UFV horticulture grads are in demand immediately upon graduation. You can look forward to employment opportunities in greenhouses, nurseries, garden centres, golf courses and landscaping companies. You could also consider a career in grounds maintenance or as a technician with various levels of government. Other options might include a career in the agribusiness sector in marketing, sales, and service. Some graduates return to family-owned enterprises or start their own small businesses. As a graduate of any of UFV’s agriculture diploma programs, you are also eligible to transfer to Olds College in Alberta and receive transfer credit towards a Bachelor of Science degree in applied horticultural technology. You could also stay at UFV to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration for Agriculture Management or obtain a Bachelor of General Studies. You may also consider transferring to either the University of Lethbridge in Alberta or the University of Hawaii in Hilo.  



What do I need to get in? 

‌You must have the following:

1. The minimum entrance requirement for all Agriculture programs is B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, and

2. English 11, Principles of Math 11 or any other Mathematics 11 course, and one of the following Grade 11 sciences:

• Biology 11
• Chemistry 11
• Earth Sciences 11
• Physics 11 or
• Agriculture 11 and 12. A minimum grade of C is required in both Agriculture 11 and Agriculture 12 for admission.

You can arrange to take any necessary upgrading courses to meet the entrance requirements through UFV’s College and Career Preparation department. If you need to do this, contact the Agriculture department at 604-795-2813 for details.




Anything else I need?
You should be in good physical condition, have a strong desire for hands-on work with plants, and be willing to work outside, often in inclement weather. If you have allergies to dust, pollen, or plant products, you should carefully consider whether or not this is the best career path for you.  

How to apply
Most of our students are full-time, but you are welcome to study part-time. We offer flexible entry: you may start in either September or January. However, because of course sequencing the most efficient way for you to complete the program is to start in September. Your application will be accepted anytime and as a qualified applicant, you will be eligible for the next available seat in each semester in order of date of application. It’s best to check out the UFV calendar and download an application form. Read the Agriculture section carefully. Fill out the application and submit it, along with the $45 application fee and any necessary documents, to the Admissions and Records office at any UFV campus or centre.

You must take a Composition Placement Test (CPT) before your registration can be completed. You are also encouraged to arrange an interview with the Agriculture director at 604-795-2813 before admission to the program; this is particularly important if you’re considering part-time studies.

Program outline
‌ Year one of the Agriculture Technology diploma (Horticulture Crop Production and Protection option) is exactly the same as the one-year Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate. All courses from the Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate transfer directly to the two-year Agriculture Technology diploma. For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Fall semester

Course Title Credits
AGRI 123 Horticulture Skills and Techniques for Fall 3
AGRI 124 Introduction to Horticulture 3
AGRI 142 Agribusiness Principles  3 
 or  BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
AGRI 163 Pest Biology and Identification 3
AGRI 220 Plants in the Landscape 3
CMNS 125 Introduction to Workplace Communication 3
In even-numbered years:  
AGRI 321 Vegetable Crop Production: Science and Practice 3
In odd-numbered years:  
AGRI 323 Fruit Crop Production: Science and Practice 3

Winter semester

Course Title Credits
AGRI 129 Horticulture Skills and Techniques for Winter 3
AGRI 204 Introduction to Soils and Soil Fertility 3
AGRI 183 Farm and Equipment Safety 3
AGRI 192 Practicum I 3
 or AGRI 194 Practical Horticulture 3
AGRI 203 Fundamentals of Pest Management 3
AGRI 324 Greenhouse Production: Science and Practice 3
AGRI 327 Nursery Production and Propagation: Science and Practice 3



How much will it cost? Can I afford to take this program?
It’s best to consult the Fees and Other Costs section of the UFV calendar for tuition fees. You should budget about $1,500 annually for books, field trips, and supplies. Plan to spend an additional $90 to cover the cost of materials and examination fees to write the Provincial Pesticide Applicator’s or Dispenser’s exam.

It’s worth a visit to the UFV Financial Aid and Awards office, which facilitates the disbursement each year of about $12 million in federal and provincial student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships, and awards to UFV students.


 

Anything else I need to know?
All Agriculture programs are based at the Chilliwack campus. For more information about Agriculture programs at UFV, call the Agriculture department at 604-795-2813.

Sounds good. What do I do now?
Apply right away. Have specific questions? Contact the Agriculture department at 604-795-2813.

What kind of assistance is there to help me adjust?
Please visit Student Services to learn about the broad range of services designed to help you learn about and adjust to the university environment.

I’m not sure that this program is for me. Can I speak with someone about my options?
Absolutely. We want to hear from you! If you’re unsure of your direction, contact the Agriculture department at 604-795-2813. You can also call Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an Educational Advisor, or arrange for career counselling.

 

 

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