About the Prairie Horticulture Certificate

  • PHC 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.
  • This program is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the Province of Saskatchewan for the Additional Qualification Certificate (AQC). K to 12 teachers can upgrade their classification with PHC.
  • PHC is an approved training program by the City of Saskatoon for employee career advancement.
  • It is flexibly designed as a part-time program so you can balance work, school and life. Expect to work eight to ten hours per week for a six-credit weight course (.6) & approximately half that for a three-credit weight (.3) course.
  • Instructors are available online, by email or by telephone. Some classes require textbooks. Assignments are submitted online, by fax or by email.
  • Core courses that are required for a particular stream must be successfully completed to receive certification. You may also take courses for personal interest or professional upgrading.
  • This program is collaboratively offered by a consortium of three Western Canadian educational institutions: Assiniboine Community College (Brandon, Manitoba), Olds College (Olds, Alberta) and the University of Saskatchewan. Each consortium partner develops and delivers courses in areas of expertise.


The Saskatoon Horticulture Society

The Saskatoon Horticulture Society $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually. Students are eligible if they are enrolled in the PHC program and have successfully completed at least 2 courses.

To qualify, you must complete the course work within 4 years, be a Saskatchewan resident, volunteer at least 20 hours per year for your local Horticulture Society and complete an essay.

The application deadline is September 30th.  

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

Garden Writers' Association

The Garden Writers' Association offers scholarships intended as a tuition aid or as an aid in the purchase of textbooks, garden books, and special horticultural projects. Scholarships range from $250 to $2,000.

For more information, go to gardenwriters.org/scholarships and download the scholarship packet.

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 (50%) may be transferred from other institutions that are not part of the consortium. If you are a University of Saskatchewan student, 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 prairiehorticulture.ca for contact information.

Admission and Requirements

Applicants are granted admission to the PHC program only. If you wish to enrol in a degree credit course, go to Recruitment and Admissions

Admission Deadlines
Term 1: Last week of August;
Term 2: Second week of December;
Term 3: Last week of February

Ensure that you meet one of the following admission requirements: 

Regular Admission:

This category is for applicants who have completed secondary level standing (24 credits) in Saskatchewan, or its equivalent, and for applicants who have previously or are currently attending another recognized post-secondary institution. GED, ABE, and ACE subjects are not acceptable for regular admission.

Probationary Admission:

This category is for those who do not qualify for regular admission. Applicants for probationary admission must submit transcripts for any Grade 12, or equivalent subjects, or transcripts of any courses at a recognized post-secondary institution. ABE 12 courses will be acceptable for this purpose. A resume must also be submitted.

Students admitted on a probationary basis can register in one per course per term. If students successfully pass two courses with an average mark of 60% or better, they will deemed to have met the regular admission requirements.

Call 306.966.5563 or email certificates.admin@usask.ca for more information regarding Admission Requirements.


Get a copy of High School or Post Secondary Transcripts

If you have previously attended the University of Saskatchewan, transcripts will be on file. Ensure you include your student number on your application form.
Please provide official transcripts of your secondary or post-secondary education to our office with your application for admission form. Photocopies of transcripts are acceptable, but official copies are preferred. Official transcripts are to be received by the University of Saskatchewan directly from the issuing institution and are not official if they come from the applicant. Transcripts received become the property of the University of Saskatchewan and will not released or photocopied for the student or forwarded to other institutions.
To obtain transcripts:

  • Saskatchewan High School Transcripts go to  Saskatchewan Education and Learning 
  • If you've completed high school outside Saskatchewan, or have attended any college or university other than the University of Saskatchewan, please arrange to have two copies of your official transcripts sent directly to the our office.

(If applicable ) Permanent Residency Status:

If you have permanent resident status in Canada, please submit a copy of your record of landing certificate to our office with your application for admission. If this document is not received by the admission deadline you will be assessed the international tuition fee. A copy of a permanent resident card (both sides) is acceptable. 

Make arrangements to pay the application fee of $75.00. Credit card information will be required on the application form. If you are not paying by credit card, please contact the PHC office.

Previous University of Saskatchewan students are not required to pay the $75.00 application fee.

Download and complete the application form. 

** Please note that transcripts, residency documents and appilication fee must be included with your application form and must be received by the application deadlines.

Previous U of S students are not required to pay the $75.00 application fee.

Once you are admitted into the program, you will receive a letter with your University of Saskatchewan Student number and PAWS NSID (Network Services ID) password. You will then be able to register for classes online.

Please ensure that you read the following guides below for important details regarding your program.