The Horticulture and Landscaping sector offers plenty of career opportunities and the experience of working outside with nature, earning potential with the proper training and skills, lots of variety and a job that helps the environment. In the industry, professionals design, construct, install, grow, plant and maintain landscapes, features and gardens. They also work in a variety of places, in nurseries, golf courses, as contractors, in education and research, parks and recreation and many other settings.

The Horticulture and Landscaping SHSM gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Horticulture and Landscaping sector while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing apprenticeship, college, community, university and the workplace.

This major is offered at :


Required Components :


  • Provided to students FREE of charge, certifications, trainings and workshops led by industry professionals, help students develop their skills and discover more information about their future career.


  • A bundle of nine credits in Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits which students earn:
    • Four Landscaping & Horticulture major credits
    • One English credit
    • One Math credit
    • One Other credit in either Science or Business Studies
    • Two Co-operative Education credits
      Course Information: Resurrection 


  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) provides students with workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
    • Examples of Horticulture & Landscaping Placements:
      Architecture Firms, Conservation Authorities, Grounds Management & Lawn Care Services, Landscape Contractors, Greenhouses, Garden Centres, Nurseries, Golf Courses.
  • Arborist
  • Landscape Designer/Horticultural Technician
  • Small Engine Technician

  • Golf Course Technician
  • Landscape Technologist
  • Parks Operations Manager
  • Tree Service Technician
  • Urban Forestry and Park Technician
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Horticulturalist
  • Landscape Architect
  • Plant Pathologist
  • Gardener
  • Greenhouse Worker
  • Grower
  • Landscape Laborer
  • Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Contractors
  • Lawn and Garden Retail Salesperson
  • Plant Propagator

Ministry of Education SHSM Website

For more information, speak to the guidance counselor at your school

Students in a Specialist High Skills Major program complete learning activities that are contextualized to the knowledge and skills relevant to the economic sector of the SHSM. Contextualized Learning Activities (CLA’s) enhance your learning in your English, Math, Science and Business classes. They connect your interest in your chosen sector to your learning in these classes.

CLA’s will be delivered by your classroom teacher. It is not additional work to be completed – it may replace the work being done by non-SHSM students or the teacher may choose to have the entire class complete the CLA.