The Prairie Horticulture Certificate program offers, via distance delivery, courses designed with Prairie Canada conditions in mind.

The Prairie Horticulture Certificate program is the first distance horticulture program that is designed specifically for the prairie provinces. This program provides skills and training for owners, managers or employees of horticulture businesses as well as anyone with an interest in horticulture.

Choose your stream of study:

Courses from the streams can be taken toward your certificate or as stand-alone options for personal interest and professional upgrading. Courses are offered online and/or as print-based home study options.

Once you apply or enrol in your home institution, you can take classes from all consortium members.

You must successfully complete a minimum of 360 hours or 36 credits comprising of at least eight courses to be awarded a certificate.


  • 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. 

Applications that do not meet admission requirements may request an assessment of Special CircumstancesNote that all applications presenting transcripts containing any course with an M(modified), I(individualized) or E(English as an additional language) designation will not meet program admission. 

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

Careers & Connections


This 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 this program. Courses in the program can be used for certification purposes with the International Society of Arborists, Flowers Canada and the Horticulture Apprenticeship program in Saskatchewan.

  • International Society of Arborists
  • Flowers Canada
  • Saskatchewan Horticulture Apprenticeship program
Post-secondary Connections:
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Olds College

 Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit Assiniboine’s Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

Please contact the Centre of Continuing Studies at 204.725.8700 ext 6968 for more information on the required textbooks for each course.

Courses & Costs

Courses are offered over three terms per year but not during summer (June through August) as this is typically the busy season for horticultural professionals and enthusiasts.

Course tuition varies in price from $499 - $660. View the different streams of study for a full list of courses and tuitions.

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