Academic Calendar 2023/24

Agriculture Technology

Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate

Graduates of the one-year Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate program will be qualified to seek work as competent assistants in field crop production, in government, as technicians, in greenhouses, nursery greenhouses, garden centres, landscape companies, and in grounds maintenance. Some graduates start their own businesses.

The one-year Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate transfers completely to the two-year Agriculture Technology diploma, Horticulture Crop Production and Protection option. Some credits may also transfer to other two-year programs in horticulture. Qualifying students may also be eligible to receive the equivalent of Year I apprenticeship in production horticulture. Contact the Agriculture department for more information.

Students will be actively involved in practical, hands-on activities on the UFV campuses and in the Agriculture Technology department greenhouses and plant nursery area. All students are required to perform greenhouse-related work on the Canada Education Park (CEP) campus outside of regular class hours. As well, many courses have required field trips at students' expense.

Entrance requirements

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. One of the following Mathematics classes:
    • Foundations of Mathematics 11
    • Pre-calculus 11
    • Workplace Math 11 or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11
    • The formerly offered Principles of Mathematics 11, Applications of Mathematics 11, or Essentials of Mathematics 11
    • MATH 085 or equivalent
  3. One of the following Grade 11 sciences:
    • Life Sciences 11, Biology 11, or BIO 083 (strongly recommended)
    • Chemistry 11 or CHEM 083
    • Earth Science 11
    • Physics 11 or PHYS 083
  4. Applicants must meet the Degree/diploma level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement section of the calendar.
  5. The Agriculture Technology department will also consider applicants if they can demonstrate that they have a reasonable chance for success. Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio and/or be interviewed.


Applicants with allergies to dust, pollen, or animal dander should be wary of entering this program. Students should have a strong desire for hands-on work with plants or animals, and be willing to work outside, often in inclement weather. Reasonable physical condition is recommended as students will be asked to participate in tasks that involve standing, lifting, bending and turning.

Students are expected to be computer literate. This means knowing how to run programs from a Windows environment, and having basic internet, word processing, and spreadsheet skills. Those who do not have these skills are advised to take an introductory computer course before they begin their studies in agriculture.

Students who do not have the required entrance courses may obtain information from UFV on the availability of preparatory courses. Mature students lacking recent preparation are advised to consult with the agriculture department about refresher courses in math, biology, and reading and study skills, etc., well in advance of the program start date.

Students must have their own transportation and appropriate clothing, including steel-toed workboots, and are required to participate in on-the-job training at host farm/business sites without remuneration. To qualify for on-the-job training (practicum), students must be enrolled in the program full-time, with a minimum grade of pass in all the current semester's course work.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall and Winter semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, and official transcripts (or interim transcripts) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements; or
    • Permission from the Agriculture department.
  2. Upon admission to the program applicants will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.
  3. In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. For Fall entry, proof of completion of entrance requirements is due by the end of the first week in August.

To begin taking courses at UFV while waiting for a space to become available in this program, students may submit a separate application to take courses as a student in Qualifying Studies.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. In addition to tuition fees, students should budget approximately $1,500 annually for textbooks, field trips, and supplies.

An additional charge is assessed to cover the cost of materials and examination fees for students writing the Provincial Pesticide Applicator's or Dispenser's examination.

Program duration

Those students intending to complete a two-year diploma in the minimum time (two years) should start in September. Students may start courses in January; however, because of sequencing requirements, students starting in January may have to pick up some of the courses as a part-time student during an extra two semesters. Students should consult with the Agriculture department for more details. Students not enrolled in the regular full-time sequence are especially urged to consult with the Agriculture department before registering each semester.

Dates and location

In the Fall semester, courses all run at the Canada Education Park (CEP) campus for 15 weeks. The Winter semester courses run at the CEP campus for 12 weeks, then qualified students complete a three-week practicum course (AGRI 192) at selected host farms/businesses throughout the Fraser Valley. Students must have reliable transportation for the practicum work placement. All practica are done without remuneration.

Program outline

Semester I (Fall)

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  
AGRI 163 Pest Biology and Identification 3
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences 3
or ENGL 105 Academic Writing  
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

Semester II (Winter)

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

Transfer to other educational institutes

Contact the Agriculture department for information about transfer possibilities.

Program requirements

Each semester, students take a set of core courses to provide them with background knowledge applicable for all agricultural disciplines along with specialty horticulture courses.

All programs require some mandatory work, where students must spend time on campus outside of regular class hours on practical work projects associated with course work. Students may also be required to participate, occasionally, in setting up and staffing educational displays on agriculture for the general public. Students may be required to attend some local industry short courses at their own expense. Class field trips are mandatory, unless students are otherwise advised. These may be held outside of regularly scheduled classes, including Saturdays, and some expenses may be incurred by students.

For all programs, a GPA of 2.00, or the permission of the department, is required for students who wish to register in a subsequent semester. A minimum GPA of 2.00 in all courses is required in the program.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

Auditing courses

Students who decide to audit a course in the Agriculture Technology department must follow UFV's Course Audit policy (108). Auditing students may be required to complete course assignments. Auditing a course will not, however, satisfy graduation requirements.

Graduation requirements

To be eligible to graduate, students must have completed the Horticulture Crop Production and Protection certificate program with a minimum GPA of 2.00 and a minimum grade of pass in all courses.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

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