The Prairie Horticulture program is the first distance horticulture program designed specifically for the prairie provinces. Three western Canadian educational institutions, Assiniboine Community College, the University of Saskatchewan and Olds College, have partnered to develop and deliver this program. 

Choose one of four streams of study: fruit and vegetable production, greenhouse crop production, landscaping and arboriculture, or nursery crop production.

If you are:

  • someone with a general interest in horticulture;
  • an individual looking to diversify your career;
  • a student enrolled in an existing horticulture training program; or
  • an owner, manager or employee of a horticulture venture;

this program will interest you.


  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

If you don’t meet these admission requirements please visit our adult learning page for more information on assessment of special circumstances.


Apply online by visiting the Apply to a Program page. Choose “On-Campus and Distance Education programs for domestic students”. Create an account and select Prairie Horticulture and preferred start date in your program choice.

Once admitted to the program, register for all courses through Assiniboine, your home institution. All courses taken from participating institutions are treated as if they had been taken at Assiniboine. All courses are transferable for credit between the participating institutions. Register now!


Careers & Connections


The program provides skills and training for owners, managers or employees of horticulture businesses, as well as anyone with an interest in horticulture. Careers in the field of horticulture focus on nursery crop production, landscaping, arboriculture, greenhouse crop production, fruit production and vegetable production.


Assiniboine Community College has partnered with western Canadian educational institutions, the University of Saskatchewan and Olds College, to develop and deliver the Prairie Horticulture program.

Courses in the program can also be used for certifications with:

Tools & Supplies


Visit the Bookstore’s website to order textbooks for Assiniboine offered courses. Courses offered by partnering institutions can be ordered directly through the applicable institution.


At-Home Computing

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer and internet.

At-Home Computing Information

Courses & Costs

To graduate with a Prairie Horticulture certificate, students must successfully complete 36 credits comprised of a minimum of 9 courses and maintain an overall weighted average of 60%. Courses can be selected from one of the four specializations and will be transferred to the 'home' institution chose by the student at the time of enrolment. 

The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline. 

2023-24 Term Schedule

Term 1: September 18 – November 24, 2023

Term 2: January 15 – March 22, 2024

Term 3: March 25 – May 31, 2024

View full course list, descriptions & costs


Choose a stream of study

Fruit & Vegetable Production

Required Courses

Select three of the following:

Plus select two of the following:

Plus an open elective course (if necessary to meet the minimum requirements.

Landscape & Arboriculture
Greenhouse & Crop Production

Required Courses:

Select three of the following: Plus select one of the following: Plus an open elective course (if necessary to meet the minimum requirements.


Nursery Crop Production

Required Courses

Select three of the following:

Plus select two of the following:

Plus electives from this or other specializations or open electives for a total of eight courses or minimum of 36 credits for graduation


Fast Facts

2 years (approx.)
Program Start
September, January & March
Course Load
Program Details
Available by Distance
Continuing Studies
Continuing Studies
800.862.6307 ext 6002 (toll free)
Program Information Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a university degree, or diploma, do I still have to submit my high school transcript?


I am a mature student, do I have to provide transcripts?

Yes, Assiniboine does not have a mature admission category.

Can I take a few Prairie Horticulture courses without applying to the program?

Students must be accepted into the program in order to register for courses. Once accepted, students can choose to take a few courses for personal interest or complete the program for a certificate.

Where can I view Prairie Horticulture courses offered this term?

Click here to view the courses offered this term. To view a full course list, description, and costs, visit https://assiniboine.net/prairie-horticulture-course-information

When is the registration deadline for Prairie Horticulture courses?

Student must register a minimum of 14 days prior to the course start date.

How can I access my academic and financial information?

Students whose home institution is Assiniboine, can access academic information (grades, class schedule and transcript request) and financial information online at My ACC myacc.assiniboine.net

How long do I have to complete the Prairie Horticulture program?

Students have five years to complete the program.

I'm in the Prairie Horticulture program but haven't taken a course in over a year, am I still active in the program?

As noted in Policy A8 Student Evaluation and Progression, students are normally required to complete their program of study within five years. During this period, students must remain active in their program, as defined in Policy A10 – Maintaining Active Student Status.

I've successfully completed the required courses for this program. How do I receive my credential?

Students that have successfully completed all the program requirements can complete an Application to Graduate form and email to registration@assiniboine.net to receive their credential.