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Practical Apprenticeship Program

apprenticeTHE PROGRAM

The Horticulture Apprenticeship Program combines skills training and employment. Apprentices maintain full-time employment in horticulture while learning technical, practical, and business skills that will advance their careers.

Employees sign a registered agreement with their employer in the horticulture field to establish their apprenticeship. The agreement is registered with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). The employer is committed to providing practical on-the-job training. During the apprenticeship, apprentices attend technical training sessions at Kwantlen’s Langley campus. The apprentice must complete four technical training levels. Each level includes six weeks of classes.

The first two levels of the program introduce general horticulture knowledge and skills. Apprentices in levels three and four focus on specialized skills in either Landscape or Production Horticulture. The technical training curriculum has been developed and approved by industry. It provides relevant, up-to-date information and is based on recent technological advances in horticulture.

Upon successful completion of the in-school training periods, the required workplace hours (6480 hours), and the Employer’s confirmation of the prescribed workplace training, the apprentice is awarded a Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification from the Industry Training Authority.

Journeypersons in the horticulture trades are in demand. Municipal parks departments, golf courses, nurseries, and landscape contractors often list a journeyperson certification as a requirement or preference when hiring Horticulturists.

TIMETABLE:

Horticulture (Landscape & Production) Apprentice Training Schedules are subject to change. All apprenticeship dates are listed on the Trades Training BC web site: http://www.tradestrainingbc.ca/Apprenticeship

Detailed class schedule: http://www.kpu.ca/registration/timetables/trades/hort

 

SIGN-UP PROCESS

Step 1: Establish an Apprenticeship
Individuals are indentured through a signed and registered Apprenticeship Agreement between the Provincial Government, the employee, and their horticulture employer. The information and agreements are available through the Industry Training Authority at 1.866.660.6011 or 778.328.8700 or on-line at www.itabc.ca.

To begin an apprenticeship, an application can be downloaded from ITA’s site, completed, and faxed to 778.328.8701. Any Prior Learning Assessment (credit for previous work experience and/or vocational training) must be negotiated before the Apprenticeship Agreement is signed. Some students may find that this process will grant them credit for portions of the technical training and/or the required workplace hours. Once indentured, students sign up for Technical Training at Kwantlen. For additional information please visit the Apprenticeship web page at www.itabc.ca

Do you have a sponsor/employer?
HortEducationBC (HEBC) is the industry training organization for the horticulture trade. This organization is run by industry for industry. It is their objective to see all students succeed in their apprenticeship program through interactive learning and mentoring.

HEBC can act as your sponsor to assist you, as a new apprentice, with registration to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) of British Columbia. This sponsorship will last for one year upon registration with ITA. HEBC cannot sign off on your work-based hours. So it is important to transfer sponsorship to your new employer as soon as possible. HEBC can help you through the process of changing to a new sponsor, when such a time arises.

Please contact HortEducationBC for sponsorship:
(604) 430.0422
info@horteducationbc.com
 www.horteducationbc.com

Step 2: Enrol at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Download the Apprentice Registration Form

The Apprenticeship Registration form is available at kpu.ca/apprentice.  Please complete all required information and submit to Student Enrolment Services at KPU Langley, Surrey or Richmond or to Apprentice Services in KPU Tech Cloverdale.

  • Payment and Fee Information
    • A $10 non-refundable Apprentice Evaluation fee will be charged for each registration
    • Full tuition and fees are due at the time of registration
      • Sponsored students must provide a Letter of Authorization from their sponsor to complete the registration process
    • Payments can be made in person by debit, cheque or money order (payable to KPU)
    • Review the Apprentice Payment, Refund and Fee Adjustment at www.kpu.ca/apprentice
  • Selecting an Intake
    • Program Schedule and registration CRN’s (course registration number) can be found online at www.kpu.ca/apprentice

Step 3: Apprentice Services

Once your registration application has been submitted, Apprentice Services will confirm your eligibility utilizing ITA Direct Access.  A registration decision will be provided once the assessment is complete. 

Eligibility requirements for your program are listed in the ITA Program Profile (www.itabc.ca). 

If you require additional information please contact Apprentice Services by email at apprentice@kpu.ca or 604.598.6102

Step 4:  Communications from KPU to Apprentices

All KPU students are assigned a Kwantlen account.  You can access your KPU email, student account information, registration, schedules and more.  Be sure to log into your myKwantlen account using your Student Number (above) at https://my.kwantlen.ca.  Your temporary password is set to your date of birth as DDMMYY; be sure to change your password when you first log in.

When necessary, Kwantlen will forward any information to you by means of your Kwantlen email address only.

TUITION

Tuition fees per six-week session are approximately $814 (not including additional student fees). Tuition costs are subject to change annually. Apprentice Services by email at apprentice@kpu.ca or 604.598.6102

REQUIRED TEXTS

The cost of the required texts for the program total approximately $1000 for the four levels. Texts purchased at the beginning of level 1 are used for levels 1 and 2. Most texts purchased prior to level 3 are used for levels 3 and 4. Note: These costs are subject to change without notice.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Students are responsible for field trip costs, CSA safety footwear, rain gear, accommodations, basic school supplies, and study materials.

APPLICATION TIMES

Apprenticeship technical training sessions are scheduled to start between late September and mid January and February. Early inquiry and application will ensure your assignment to the next available Technical Training period:  Start Dates

EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ELIGIBILITY

The Horticulture Apprenticeship Program is an approved Technical Training Program. Most Apprentices are eligible to collect Employment Insurance benefits during their in-school sessions and may be eligible for additional benefits such as travel or lodging allowances. These details can be verified at Service Canada's web site. Other helpful Government of Canada sites for apprentices are: Apprentice Financial Supports, Service Canada Centres, Apprenticeship Grants, Starting Post-Secondary Education, and Apprenticeship Programs.

BRIDGING & LADDERING

Graduates of Horticulture Certificate (Foundation) Programs, at accredited B.C. Horticulture Institutions, currently ladder directly into level 3 of the Horticulture Apprenticeship Program. Journeypersons can transfer into the diploma program; they transfer or receive approximately 30 credits of course work. Call us at 604.599.3259 for more information or contact HortEducationBC at (604) 430.0422.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The university calendar contains rules and regulations that govern students while at the university; each student is responsible for being aware of these rules and regulations. The calendar is available online at kwantlen.ca/calendar

CONTACT US

School of Horticulture
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Langley Campus, 20901 Langley By-Pass, Langley
604.599.3254 horticulture@kpu.ca