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The Specialist High Skills Major in Horticulture and Landscaping

 

A diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Horticulture sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from landscape design to greenhouse production and management. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Horticulture possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

 

The Horticulture and Landscaping Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program provides students with the opportunity to specialize their academic studies, earn certifications and qualifications, and plan their career pathway while they are still in high school. The SHSM Program involves a number of components that provide students with a better understanding of the Horticulture industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.  

 

Components of a Specialist High Skills Major 

 

The Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM Program consists of five required components: 

1. Bundled Credits

Students will complete nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits related to their sector of interest, some of which are supplemented with contextualized learning activities (CLA) that frame the subject of study within the context of the Horticulture and Landscaping sector. 

 

Credits Apprenticeship (Grades 11-12) College (Grades 11-12) University (Grades 11-12) Workplace (Grades 11-12)
Major Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit   4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
4
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
English (Including a CLA) 1 1 1 1
Mathematics (Including a CLA) 1 1 1 1
Business or Science (Including a CLA) 1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
1
One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit
Co-Operative Education 2 2 2 2

2. Certification and Training

Students will earn both compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications through cost-free workshops and training courses/programs.

 

Four Compulsory Certifications
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – Includes AED  Plant Identification Standard First Aid  Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Generic 

 

Three Elective Certifications
Cash Handling and Register Training   Customer Service   Edging and Trimming   Grading and Drainage  
Grading and Sodding   Herbicide and Pesticide   Ladder Safety Training   Lawn Mower Use and Safety  
Leadership Skills   Paver Installation   Plant Layout   Pruning  
Tree Planting   Work Orders   Working at Heights    

3. Career Exploration

Students will explore opportunities in their chosen sector through experiential learning and career exploration activities (field trips, guest speaking engagements, job shadowing). 

4. Reach Ahead Experiences

Students will participate in experiences aligned with the student’s post-secondary plans. 

5. Essential Skills and Work Habits

Students will develop essential skills and work habits, documented in the Ontario Skills Passport. 

SHSM Program Recognition

Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:

  • An OSSD designated with an embossed red seal;
  • A SHSM record documenting their certification/training achievements;
  • Formal recognition on their Ontario School Transcript.  

Career Pathways

The Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:

 

Apprenticeship College
Arborist
Horticultural Technician
Small Engine Technician  
Floriculture / Retail
Golf Course Technician
Landscape Designer / Technologist
Parks Operations Manager
Tree Service Technician
Urban Forestry and Park Technician  
University Workplace
Biologist
Botanist
Horticulturalist
Landscape Architect
Plant Pathologist
Plant Scientist  
Gardener
Greenhouse Worker
Irrigation Technician
Landscape Labourer
Nursery Production
Pesticide Technician  

 

For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor or visit: www.lkdsb.net/shsm