Diploma in Horticulture Technology


The program curriculum and the success of KPU's diploma graduates have established the Horticulture Technology Diploma with or without specialization as a highly valued credential in the workplace. The Diploma program combines theory and technique with best horticulture practice. Students learn how to use the tools and technologies that are an everyday part of industry workplace. The program also provides students with a foundation in horticulture science. Students develop an understanding of the environmental requirements for optimum plant growth. Best practice and sustainability are key learning outcomes.

All students must undertake a minimum 455 hours of 'Work Experience', typically completed between first and second year. This provides opportunity for students to apply their new skills and identify where their careers may lie after graduating.

Specialization Options

The Diploma in Horticulture Technology can be completed without specialization or by choosing one of three specializations:

Progression to a Degree Program

KPU Bachelor of Horticulture Science

Graduates of a KPU Horticulture Technology Diploma, with or without specialization, can pursue one of KPU's Bachelor of Horticulture Science degree programs, with a choice between the Major in Urban Ecosystems or the Major in Plant Health major. (Please refer to the Plant Health or Urban Ecosystems section of the Calendar for details.) Students can combine their diploma education with the enhanced horticulture science knowledge at the degree level and earn two credentials (Diploma and Degree). Those who wish to pursue this option should meet with the Faculty of Science Degree Advisor to discuss applying credit to one of these unique School of Horticulture degree programs.

KPU Bachelor of Business Administration

A successful career progression in horticulture often leads to a management role. The Horticulture Technology diploma programs include a foundation in business skills and graduates may be eligible to apply many program credits towards KPU's Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership. Students can combine diploma-level education with enhanced business skills and earn two credentials (Diploma and Degree). Students who wish to pursue this option should meet with the Faculty of Science Degree Advisor to discuss course planning that would facilitate application to the School of Business degree program.

Who Studies Horticulture Technology?

Students who love plants and wish to contribute to environmental and community well-being, engage in creative activities, own and operate their own business, or engage in hands-on work will enjoy horticulture.

Many students enter the Horticulture Technology Diploma to upgrade their skills or facilitate a career change. Faculty and staff are supportive and sensitive to the issues faced by students who embark on a post-secondary program after a significant period away from formal education.

Individuals with allergies to dust, pollen or plant products, or specific chemicals should be aware of the potential impact of practicing horticulture on their health. Moderate physical fitness and a healthy back are generally required for a successful career in horticulture.

Note: In addition to the Faculty Admission Requirements, students will be required to have completed a minimum of Mathematics 11 Foundations (with a minimum grade of C) or equivalent in order to complete the program without undertaking preparatory courses. Students are encouraged to speak with an Academic Advisor to plan course selection accordingly.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/science

Department's website: kpu.ca/science/hort

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a Diploma in Horticulture Technology must be admitted to the Faculty of Science.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with Horticulture Technology diploma must declare the credential. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University.
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 credits of undergraduate coursework.

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Diploma in Horticulture Technology must complete at least 63 credits. Students should be familiar with the basic computer applications of word processing and spreadsheets. If students require upgrading, they should take CBSY 1105.

Students must select Year 1 courses carefully to ensure that Year 2 course prerequisites are met. An Academic Advisor can assist with this course selection. For a list of HORT courses and the semesters they're offered see kpu.ca/hort

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credits
HORT 1102 Botany for Horticulture 3
HORT 1104 Soils and Growing Media 3
HORT 1105 BC Pesticide Applicator Certification 1
HORT 1110 Introduction To Sustainable Horticulture 3
HORT 1118 Basic Machinery Operation and Maintenance 3
HORT 1155 Introduction To Plant Materials 3
HORT 1217 Foundations of Plant Health 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction Workplace Writing and Communications  
Introduction to University Writing 1  
HORTSelect 9 credits from courses in HORT at the 1100 level 9
Year 2
HORT 2302 Horticulture Work Experience 1
HORT 2306 Work Experience Report 1
Select one of the following: 3
Landscape Pest Management  
Turfgrass Pest Management  
Production Horticulture Pests  
Select one of the following: 3
Supervisory Skills  
Organizational Behaviour 2  
Human Resources Management I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introductory Financial Accounting I 2  
Business Management in Horticulture  
Essentials of Management  
HORTSelect 21 credits from courses in HORT, including at least 15 credits from courses at the 2000 level or higher 21
 Total Credits63

Applicable to the Bachelor of Horticulture Science, Major in Plant Health or Major in Urban Ecosystems, and the Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership.


Applicable to the the Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Diploma in Horticulture Technology.

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