FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To develop effective and efficient education in the horticultural industry by facilitating an integrated sustainable approach to horticultural training and education with systems and outcomes that effectively match the demonstrated need by the industry.
I want to have a job that I love but will need funding to go to school. Could I apply for a student loan and come to the Saskatoon School of Horticulture?
The Saskatoon School of Horticulture is registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education and therefore with Canada-Saskatchewan Student Loans. Thus, if our registered students are eligible, they may receive funding through this source. We have had many students utilize this option to date. Get in touch with us for further information regarding funding options and payment.
How can I apply to study at the Saskatoon School of Horticulture?
Applying for study at the Saskatoon School of Horticulture is easy. Simply get in touch with us and we will send you the application documents. You can reach us at 306-931-GROW(4769) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We look forward to meeting you!
I am interested in working in the production industry, and am wondering if SSH will give me the knowledge to do so.
Production of any plant requires some foundational knowledge which we cover in great detail. However, specialty crops will have specific needs and sometimes detailed grower guidelines which are also addressed in our programs. Students also have the opportunity to focus on specific areas within the industry in our diploma program.
Are the class sizes large at SSH?
Students at SSH will enjoy a unique educational experience as our class sizes are kept small to allow for individualized attention to each and every student.
When does the next full time study period begin?
The best time to begin your studies at SSH is in September. However, part-time and distance studies are possible at other times of the year.
I live far away from Saskatoon. Is there any option to study by distance?
SSH can help you to achieve your education in a variety of ways. We offer our program by distance beginning in September, January or May. Contact us at 306-931-GROW(4769)
for more information or check out the website page Distance
Can I study part-time at SSH?
SSH allows learning in a variety of formats. Students can study full-time, part-time or by distance. At SSH you really can learn in the fashion that suits you personally! Students are eligible to apply for student loans for part-time or full-time enrollment.
I want to retrain for a career that makes me happy. Do you have students that are a bit older?
At SSH you will find a learning environment that is unique. Many of our students are retraining for a second career or just want to gain knowledge in a field that they love. The demographic of our classes is varied so whether you are a man, a woman, young or more mature you will find an acceptable and enjoyable learning environment.
What kinds of prerequisites are required?
SSH has a variety of options for you. To be eligible to apply to this program, you will require a grade XII diploma or GED equivalent with senior English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry strongly recommended or Mature Student Status**
** Definition of a Mature Student: Applicant does not possess a high school diploma or equivalent but is 19 years of age or older and has been out of high school for a minimum of one year.
What are the values reflected at SSH?
The following values will be reflected in the ongoing development and implementation of the SSH:
Accessible programs and services
Industry relevance and responsiveness
Customer focused on trainees, workers & employers
Industry capacity and sustainability of service
Operational efficiency and flexibility
Cost-effective programs and services
What will I be when I graduate?
When you graduate with a diploma from the Saskatoon School of Horticulture you will be a horticulturist and will have succeeded in joining the small but elite family of the world of horticulture. We will be proud to be your colleague.
Will I have a job when I graduate?
It is very important to be employable when you complete any schooling. Our students are fully employed in the field and enjoy satisfying careers.
The field is very diverse and many different jobs are possible. Employment is possible in the parks field; golf course management; landscape design; consulting; horticulture therapy, greenhouse management; production enterprises; floristry and more.
Our partners in the industry recognize the skills and experience of our students and hire them quickly and without question. We assist our student body in finding employment that suits their personal preferences and we also offer practical internships to aid in assessing exactly where you will be happiest.
What is your student dynamic?
Our student body is made up of both women and men. Some years the men outnumber the women by huge percentages while other years it may be an even split or dominated by women.
The age of our student varies as well but is mostly made up of people between the ages of early twenties to mid-thirties. We often get students that are older than thirty something as they are students whom are interested in entering a new career field that parallels their interests. They wish to work doing what they love.
Are your instructors qualified and able to teach?
Our instructors actually have to be approved by the Minister of Advanced Education with the Provincial Government. We have high standards to ensure the instructors keep our curriculum current and are able to teach the objectives of each and every course.
Our curriculum is also approved by the Provincial Government so students can be assured of a quality education.
I have never heard of the Saskatoon School of Horticulture - is it a recognized school?
We are registered with the Ministry of Advanced Education of the Government of Saskatchewan. We have been in operation since 2005 so are a relatively new school. However, our students are snapped up by the industry working a variety of upper management positions upon graduation.
We use a similar transfer credit process as other major colleges and universities where 70% of the course material must be similar to allow for credit of the course to be granted. Many schools have still not heard about us but we make great efforts to aid in our students getting credit at other educational institutions for completed study and assist in making the transfer credit process simpler when students join our college.
If you have special circumstances, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to assess your individual situation.
Is there any flexibility to the study times?
We strive to ensure that the educational experience is unique and educational but still enjoyable. As we are a small school we have flexibilities that larger institutions do not. Our goal is to make your educational experience fit into your life rather than make the experience just one stress after another. However, in saying that, we do work hard, and do expect our students to give their all to ensure that they are successful in the careers following school.
Please get in touch with us so we can ascertain your goals and we can determine together if our college suits your needs!
Why would I enroll in a small school?
Your educational experience is important to us. We want to see you excel and be happy and successful in your career. It would be our pleasure to meet with you and talk further about your individual aspirations. We in turn hope we can help you to achieve your horticultural dreams!
Could I get full-time employment upon graduation?
If you plan to stay on the prairies then your full-time employment will likely involve a different focus depending on the time of year. For example, if you choose the landscape design field then during the spring, summer and fall you could be implementing designs but during the winter months that would not be possible. During the cold season, you could be designing the landscapes and other business tasks that you may not have time for during those busy summer days.
What is the difference between the certificate program and the diploma program?
The certificate program offers study with less depth and rigour than the diploma program. Consequently, successfully completing the certificate program will allow for employment in the industry at a lower management level.
If I complete the certificate program, can I then move onto the second year of the diploma program?
Students that have successfully completed certificate programs cannot directly move onto Year 2 of the Diploma Program as their studies at the certificate level do not cover the same curriculum. Thus, students wishing to move on with their education will have to essentially complete a "make-up" curriculum that would cover off what parts of the curriculum were missed by not taking the diploma curriculum.
Where is the school located?
SSH is currently located in the north end of Saskatoon at Unit 1A 415 51st Street East. We are easily accessible from every direction and have lots of parking!
I am an international student wishing to attend your school. Are you a designated learning institution? Am I also guaranteed an Post Graduate Work Permit?
We are registered to accept international students. Our Designated Learning Institution Number is 0212421778487.
International students attending regulated career colleges are not eligible for the Post Graduate Work Permit Program.