Are you a currently enrolled in the Prairie Horticulture Certificate?

This site is intended for students who are currently enrolled in this program. For program information including admission and tuition, please visit the PHC page on the University of Saskatchewan’s admissions website.


Prairie Horticulture Certificate courses are approved by the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) as technical training credits towards an apprenticeship in the Landscape Horticulturist trade. This technical training provides the option to stay in Saskatchewan to complete both your educational training and your on the job training.

For details go to Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship Training.

Cannabis Production Course Available

Cannabis Crop Production is available in Winter Term.

Hort 22.6 introduces cannabis specific botany and production requirements in both greenhouse and warehouse settings. Topics include: plant growth cycle, genetics, propagation, pest management, integrated crop management (ICM) and harvesting criteria under controlled environments. This class also introduces the chemical composition of cannabis and its importance from medical and recreational perspectives.

Hort 22.6 can be used an open elective for any stream in the PHC program.

PHC recognizes the evolving sector of cannabis production and the need for education resources.

About the Prairie Horticulture Certificate

  • The Prairie Horticulture Certificate (PHC) provides all the essential tools to work in the horticulture industry, advance your career, start your own business, work or volunteer in your community and expand your gardening hobby.

  • PHC is a distance certificate program for the horticulture industry; it is the first home study horticulture program designed specifically for the Prairie Provinces. It was developed for both professionals working in the horticulture industry and gardening enthusiasts.

  • All coursework, assignments, and exams are completed online. Students are required to have a personal computer equipped with internet access. Basic common computer literacy skills are also a must. These skills should include word processing, email and file sharing/collaboration tools, internet and database navigation.

  • It is flexibly designed as an asynchronous part-time program without scheduled class times so you can balance work, school and life. Expect to work eight to 15 hours per week for a 60-hour course (.6) and approximately four to ten hours for a 30-hour (.3) course. Scheduling time for and staying on top of course content and assignment deadlines also requires a level of self-directed commitment from each student.


The Saskatoon Horticulture Society

The Saskatoon Horticulture Society (SHS) awards a $1,000 scholarship annually. Students are eligible to apply for the scholarship if they are enrolled in the PHC program at the University of Saskatchewan and have successfully completed the Applied Botany (HORT 13.6) and Soils for Horticulture (SLSC 14.6) courses.

To qualify, you must be a Saskatchewan resident, volunteer at least 20 hours per year for your local Horticulture Society, and complete the PHC certificate at the University of Saskatchewan within a four year period.

The annual scholarship application and essay submission deadline is September 30th.

Please visit the Saskatoon Horticulture Society website for an application form and details.

Transfer credits

The PHC program has provisions for transfer credit for work completed at other educational institutions deemed to be equivalent to PHC courses. A maximum of four courses (approximately 50% of the program) may be transferred from other institutions that are not part of the consortium (University of Saskatchewan, Assiniboine Community College and Olds College of Agriculture and Technology).

If the University of Saskatchewan is your chosen home institution, please download the application form and submit to the PHC Program Office for review. For purposes of transfer credits, official transcripts and comprehensive course outlines must be submitted with the form.

If you are a consortium student, contact your home institution for details. Visit for contact information.


More information and how to apply 

For information about admission requirements, tuition and fees, application deadlines, how to apply and more, visit the Prairie Horticulture (PHC) page on

Contact us for academic advising and general enquiries.

Phone: 306-966-6488