yellow red and purple flowers

Required Core Courses:

  • Applied Botany
  • Post Harvest Handling of Food Crops (Assiniboine College)
  • Soils for Horticulture (University of Saskatchewan)

 At least three of the following:

  • Basics of Horticulture Business Management
  • Basics of Horticulture Marketing
  • Integrated Plant Management
  • Safe Work/Pesticide Application (Assiniboine College)

And at least two of the following:             

  • Fruit Production (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Plant Propagation
  • Vegetable Crop Production (University of Saskatchewan)

Plus ONE Open Elective. Any course in the PHC program can be used as an open elective including the following:

  • Field Production of Floral Crops
  • Floral Design
  • Human Resource Management
  • Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

Required Core Courses:

This course list comes from our Curricunet Academic database

 

Post Harvest Handling of Food Crops (ACC)

Course DescriptionThe principles of postharvest handling, storage, and transportation of fruits, vegetables and herbs are covered in this course. Handling and storage practices to maintain quality of fruits, vegetables and herbs are addressed. Factors which influence quality such as timing of harvest, specific storage environments, causes of quality loss and transportation are discussed. Storage and handling of fresh herbs are also discussed. There is no final exam in this course.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 3: March 26 - June 1, 2018
Delivery Method Online
Course length 30 Hours
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteBefore enrolling in this course, you should be familiar with botanical structures of fruits and vegetables. Applied Botany is recommended prior to taking this course.
LocationOnline
Tuition$485
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials 

No Required Textbooks

Recommended Textbook:

Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops, 3rd Edition., Kader, A.A. 2002 (Editor). University of California, Publication 3311.

Call the ACC Bookstore at 1-800-862-6307, ext. 6788 or go www.assiniboineshop.ca and use the course #'s to order

Registration DeadlineTerm 3: March 12, 2018
Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 3: June 2, 2018 (if applicable)

 

Continuing Education


 

Soils for Horticulture (University of Saskatchewan)

Course DescriptionThis course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of Soil Science with specific reference to the study of Horticulture. The components of soil, their physical and chemical properties, and soil-water relationships will be the theoretical basis on which soil management and fertility will be considered. Synthetic and natural fertilizers and amendments, which improve soil physical properties, will be investigated. Potting media for greenhouse production are examined; however, the course emphasis is on natural soils.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 1: September 18 - November 24, 2017
Term 2: January 15 - March 23, 2018
Term 3: March 26 - June 1, 2018
Delivery Method Online
Course length 60 Hours
Credits 5
Pre-requisiteN/A
LocationOnline
Tuition$641
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials N/A
Registration Deadline

Term 1: September 4, 2017
Term 2: January 3, 2018
Term 3: March 12, 2018

Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 1: November 25, 2017 (if applicable)
Term 2: March 24, 2018 (if applicable)
Term 3: June 2, 2018 (if applicable)

 

 At least three of the following:

 

Basics of Horticulture Business Management

Course DescriptionThis course introduces business management basics for operating a small business within the horticulture industry. Gain an understanding of the characteristics of a small business and the principles of small business organizations; financial performance in a small business; small business budgeting; and human resource management for the small business.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 1: September 18 - November 24, 2017
Term 2: January 15 - March 23, 2018
Term 3: March 26 - June 1, 2018
Delivery Method Online
Course Length 30 Hours
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteN/A
LocationOnline
Tuition$485
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials 

Small Business Management:  Launching and Growing New VenturesSixth Canadian Edition, Justin Longenecker et al. ISBN 0-17-653221-8

Approximate cost: $137.95

To order textbook, call the Olds College bookstore at 1-800-661-6537, Ext.4630

Registration Deadline

Term 1: September 4, 2017
Term 2: January 3, 2018
Term 3: March 12, 2018

Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 1: November 25, 2017 (if applicable)
Term 2: March 24, 2018 (if applicable)
Term 3: June 2, 2018 (if applicable)

 

 

Basics of Horticulture Marketing

Course DescriptionInterested in marketing within the horticulture industry? Learn marketing basics as you gain an understanding of the fundamental marketing elements of the Canadian and prairie horticultural industry, basic principles of marketing and consumer behavior, price-setting, elements of the sales process, distribution channels in domestic and global markets, and the marketing plan and its components.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 1: September 18 - November 24, 2017
Term 2: January 15 - March 23, 2018
Term 3: March 26 - June 1, 2018
Delivery Method Online
Course length 30 Hours
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteN/A
LocationOnline
Tuition$485
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials 

None Required

Recommended textbooks:

Small Business Management:  Launching and Growing New Ventures; Sixth Canadian Edition, Justin Longenecker et al. ISBN 0-17-653221-8

Approximate cost: $137.95 + GST

To order textbooks, call the Olds College bookstore at 1-800-661-6537, Ext. 4630

Registration Deadline

Term 1: September 4, 2017
Term 2: January 3, 2018
Term 3: March 12, 2018

Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 1: November 25, 2017 (if applicable)
Term 2: March 24, 2018 (if applicable)
Term 3: June 2, 2018 (if applicable)

 

 

Integrated Plant Management

Course DescriptionThe course outlines the basics of identifying, monitoring, predicting, and managing the environment and pest problems affecting horticulture crop growth. Upon completion of this course the student should be able to describe and apply the principles of Integrated Plant Management. The student will be able to diagnose problems, provide solutions, and predict how the manipulation of growing conditions will impact other factors. There is no final exam in this course.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 2: January 15 - March 23, 2018
Delivery Method Online
Course length 60 Hours
Credits 5
Pre-requisitePrerequisites:  It is strongly advised that students complete Applied Botany and Soils for Horticulture before registering for Integrated Plant Management.
LocationOnline
Tuition$640
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials N/A
Registration DeadlineTerm 2: January 3, 2018
Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 2: March 24, 2018 (if applicable)

 

 

Safe Work/Pesticide Application (Assiniboine College)

Course DescriptionLearn about different aspects of attitudes on safety in the use of pesticides in the horticulture industry. Topics include: basic chemistry; legislation and regulations; labeling; toxicity; handling practices; environmental protection; pest management; application equipment; emergency response; and public relations. The course provides an opportunity to write the qualifying exams for the Manitoba Pesticide Applicator Certification in the landscape category according to the National Task Force Standards on Pesticide Education, Training and Certification. This course is of particular interest to horticulturalists who apply pesticides, but are not mandated to be certified or licensed. Registering for this course also provides the opportunity to register with Assiniboine College for the Manitoba Pesticide Landscape Applicators Certification exams. Manitoba Agriculture would accept for licensing, under the Manitoba Pesticides and Fertilizers Control Act, candidates who have successfully completed pesticide training as developed under the National Task Force Standards on Pesticide Education, Training and Certification. Individuals from Saskatchewan completing Safe Work/Pesticide Application who also obtain their Manitoba license are eligible to apply for their Saskatchewan permit. Those completing Safe Work/Pesticide Application who also obtain only their Manitoba certificate would be eligible for a Saskatchewan permit after challenging and successfully completing the Saskatchewan exam. We recommend you contact Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food at 306-787-4669 for more information regarding Saskatchewan requirements. If you are interested in whether this course can be used for certification purposes in Alberta, please call Alberta Environmental Protection at 403-310-3773 regarding Alberta regulations. There is no final exam in this course.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 1: September 18 - November 24, 2017
Term 2: January 15 - March 23, 2018
Term 3: March 26 - June 1, 2018
Delivery Method Online
Course length 30 Hours
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteN/A
LocationOnline
Tuition$485
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials 

Required texts:

1)  Guide to Greenhouse Floriculture Production, Publication 370; Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. 2012 CD Format Only.  Available online at www.publications.serviceontario.ca

2)  Growing Greenhouse Vegetables in Ontario, Publication 876; Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - 2010, ISBN 9781443539241.  Approximate cost: $22 + GST

Call the ACC Bookstore at 1-800-862-6307, ext. 6788 to order textbooks.

Registration DeadlineTerm 1: September 4, 2017
Term 2: January 3, 2018
Term 3: March 12, 2018
Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 1: November 25, 2017 (if applicable)
Term 2: March 24, 2018 (if applicable)
Term 3: June 2, 2018 (if applicable)

 

And at least two of the following:

 

Fruit Production (University of Saskatchewan)

Course DescriptionCourse topics include: role of prairie climate in large-scale fruit production; plant breeding and cold hardiness; flowering and fruit development; fruit growth, thinning and maturity indices; harvesting techniques; and concepts of postharvest storage are briefly discussed. In addition, site selection, orchard establishment, planting, and frost protection are addressed. Pruning & grafting are also covered. Fruit crops include apples, plums, pears, strawberries, raspberries, currants and saskatoon berries.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 2: January 15 - March 23, 2018
Delivery Method Online
Course length 30
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteIt is strongly recommended that students complete Applied Botany before registering for Fruit Production.
LocationOnline
Tuition$485
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials 

No Required Text

Recommended Text:

Bors, Bob and Matthews, Linda. Dwarf Sour Cherries: A Guide for Commercial Production. 2004. ISBN: 978-0-88880-492-1.

Approximate cost: $18.00 + GST 

Saskatoon Berry Production Manual. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Spencer, Robert et al. 2013. 9780773261013

Approximate cost:  $15 + GST

To order the textbook call the U of S Bookstore at (306) 966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888 or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore.

Registration DeadlineTerm 2: January 3, 2018
Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 2: March 24, 2018 (if applicable)

 

 

Plant Propagation

Course DescriptionLearn both theoretical and practical information for plant propagation. Gain an understanding of the physiological and physical processes involved in propagation and the required skills to carry out various propagation techniques. You will propagate plants from seed and cuttings in a small propagation structure you create yourself, documenting the results photographically.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 1: September 18 - November 24, 2017
Term 2: January 15 - March 23, 2018
Term 3: March 26 - June 1, 2018
Delivery Method Online
Course length 60 Hours
Credits 5
Pre-requisiteN/A
LocationOnline
Tuition$640
Other fees$85 + GST
Required Text & Materials 

Materials: material kit will be mailed to each registered student

Required Text:

Hartmann & Kester's Plant Propagation Principles and Practices, Eighth edition. Hudson Hartmann et al. ISBN 0-13-501449-2.

Approximate cost: $200.95 + GST

To order texbook, call the Olds College bookstore at 1-800-661-6537, Ext. 4630

Registration Deadline

Term 1: September 4, 2017
Term 2: January 3, 2018
Term 3: March 12, 2018

Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 1: November 25, 2017 (if applicable)
Term 2: March 24, 2018 (if applicable)
Term 3: June 2, 2018 (if applicable)

 

 

Vegetable Crop Production (University of Saskatchewan)

Course DescriptionThis course covers vegetable production on the Canadian prairies in terms of soil, climate, equipment, cultural practices, management and marketing. A wide range of crops is reviewed from vegetable crops to vines. The course provides students with information necessary to establish a vegetable operation, advise others on vegetable production, or enhance their background for employment in the vegetable industry. There is no final exam in this course.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 1: September 18 - November 24, 2017
Term 2: January 15 - March 23, 2018
Delivery Method Online
Course length 30 Hour
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteIt is recommended that students complete Applied Botany and Soils for Horticulture before registering in Vegetable Crop Production.
LocationOnline
Tuition$485
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials 

Required textbook:

Diseases and Pests of Vegetable Crops in Canada: An Illustrated Compendium. Howard, Ronald J., ed. Canadian Phytopathological Society.   Approximate Cost $65.95 + GST.

Download this book at phytopath.ca/publications/diseases-of-vegetable-crops-in-canada/

Registration Deadline

Term 1: September 4, 2017
Term 2: January 3, 2018

Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 1: November 25, 2017 (if applicable)
Term 2: March 24, 2018 (if applicable)

 

Plus ONE Open Elective. Any course in the PHC program can be used as an open elective including the following:

 

Field Production of Floral Crops

Course DescriptionLearn the steps to plan and establish a production field for floral crops. Gain the knowledge required to make practical decisions about what to grow and how to establish, maintain and harvest selected floral crops.
Course Dates/Times

Term 2: January 15 - March 23, 2018

Note that 2018 will be the last year this elective is offered.

Delivery Method Home Study
Course length 30 Hours
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteN/A
LocationN/A
Tuition$485
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials N/A
Registration Deadline

Term 2:  January 3, 2018

Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 2: March 24, 2018 (if applicable)

 

 

Floral Design (University of Saskatchewan)

Course DescriptionThe course covers the theory and practice of floral design. Topics covered include: floral crop origins and distribution; basic botany; nomenclature and terminology; care and handling of fresh cut flowers/foliage. The course provides basic understanding of the tools, supplies, and mechanics used in floral design. Floral design styles, elements and principles are discussed. Additional tools and supplies are required.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 1: September 18 - November 24, 2017
Delivery Method Online
Course length 30 Hours
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteN/A
LocationOnline
Tuition$485
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials 

Materials:  You will be required to purchase tools and supplies in order to complete course assignments and activities.   Approximate cost: $45.

Required textbooks:

Hunter, Norah T. The Art of Floral Design.  3rd Edition. Delmar Thomson Learning. ISBN: 978-1-4180-6303-0
Approximate cost: $133.95 + GST.

To order the textbook call the U of S Bookstore at (306) 966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888 or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore

Registration DeadlineTerm 1: September 4, 2017
Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 1: November 25, 2017 (if applicable)

 

 

Human Resource Management (ACC)

Course DescriptionThis course strengthens students' abilities as owners, managers and supervisors of an agricultural workplace, to effectively deal with increasing workforce management expectations. There is no final exam in this course.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 1: September 19 - November 25, 2016
Term 2: January 16 - March 24, 2017
Term 3: March 27 - June 2, 2017
Delivery Method Online
Course length 30 Hours
Credits 3
Pre-requisiteN/A
LocationOnline
Tuition$485
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials 

Managing People on Your Farm 2004, Canadian Farm Business Management. ISBN 1-894148-70-3

Approximate cost: $39.75 + GST

 Call the ACC Bookstore at 1-800-862-6307, ext. 6788 or go www.assiniboineshop.ca and use the course #'s to order

Registration Deadline

Term 1: September 6, 2016
Term 2: January 4, 2017
Term 3: March 13, 2017

Other details

 

 

Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (University of Saskatchewan)

Course DescriptionThis is an introductory course to the production, processing and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants on the Prairies. The course will provide students with useful information and skills that could be applied in establishing or conducting a herb production, processing, or marketing enterprise.
Course Dates/TimesTerm 2: January 15 - March 23, 2018
Delivery Method Online
Course length 30 Hours
Credits 
Pre-requisiteN/A
LocationOnline
Tuition$485
Other fees$
Required Text & Materials 

Required textbook:

1)  The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer: The Ultimate Guide to Producing High-Quality Herbs on a Market Scale; White River Junction, Vermont, USA; Carpenter, J. and Gladstar. M.  ISBN:  978-1-60358-573-6  Approximate cost: $60 + GST

Recommended textbook:

1) Marketing on the Edge: A Marketing Guide for Progressive Farmers
Available to order from the Farm Management Canada Website: http://www.fmc-gac.com/publications/marketing-edge-marketing-guide-progressive-farmers

To order the textbook call the U of S Bookstore at (306) 966-4465 or 1-888-214-8888 or order online at www.usask.ca/bookstore

Registration DeadlineTerm 2: January 3, 2018
Other detailsExam Dates:
Term 2: March 24, 2018 (if applicable)

 

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Phone: 1-800-661-6537
Email: coned@oldscollege.ca

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