Greenhouse Production *

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Duration: 66 weeks. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Animal Care & Nature
Certification: Diploma of Technology

Program Description

Greenhouse Production* is Academy Canada’s newest diploma program. Designed to prepare graduates for exciting careers in a range of occupations, it will teach students about crop production, nursery management, the physical plant environment and pest control. Courses will also focus on labour management, plant science and regulations related to the cannabis industry. Skills acquired will be essential to work in the cannabis, horticulture and agricultural industries.

With the legalization of recreational cannabis and construction of numerous production facilities across Canada, we expect significant employment opportunities for graduates. Beyond cannabis employers, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council has predicted skilled labour shortages across the entire agricultural, greenhouse, nursery and floriculture industries until 2025. We are confident that this program will provide the skilled workforce needed to meet this demand.

Please note that due to the nature of this career, employees are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. If you have any medical concerns, please contact your admissions officer to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the occupation and to determine if you are eligible for accommodations in this program.


Academy Canada is pleased to partner with Canopy Growth Corporation, a world-leading diversified cannabis company, in the development of quality programming which provides skilled graduates to meet the needs of the cannabis industry.

In accordance with Canopy Growth’s hiring practices, Canopy Growth recognizes the completion of Academy Canada’s Greenhouse Production program as an asset to those working within the industry and for employment opportunities with Canopy Growth.

Delivery Partner

Academy Canada is also proud to partner with Niagara College in the delivery of this program. To ensure students the greatest opportunity for success, we will be sharing curriculum, resources and industry expertise.


  • Regulations of the Horticulture and Agriculture Industries
  • Landscape Graphics and Design
  • Nursery Management
  • Plant Science I
  • Evergreen Ornamentals
  • Mathematics for Horticulture
  • Deciduous Trees and Shrubs
  • Horticulture Entomology
  • Landscape Design and Materials
  • Pest Management
  • Plant Science II
  • Horticulture Maintenance and Methods
  • Horticulture Construction
  • Natural and Human Ecology
  • Advanced Communications for Horticulture
  • Annuals and Herbaceous Perennials
  • Applied Plant Pathology
  • Standard First Aid
  • Greenhouse Crops I
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Greenhouse Technical Practices
  • Health and Safety Committee Training
  • Architectural Green Spaces
  • Greenhouse Vegetable Production
  • Horticulture Business and Sales
  • Greenhouse Crops II
  • Leadership Skills
  • Language and Communications
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Horticulture Practices and Operations
  • Greenhouse Plant Environment
  • Greenhouse IPM
  • Nursery Production Practices
  • Greenhouse Root-Zone Techniques
  • Greenhouse Environment and Controls

Employment Opportunities

Depending on specific employer hiring practices, graduates may be employed in positions that include, but are not limited to:

  • Greenhouse Management
  • Cannabis Manufacturer
  • Growers
  • Nursery Management
  • Garden Centres
  • Greenhouse Crop Production
  • Production, Quality Assurance, Post-Harvest, Propagation, and Operation Managers

Employment Considerations

Employees will have to meet hiring requirements in accordance with government legislation and employer practices that may include but not limited to being of legal age and Certificate of Conduct completion.

Entrance Requirements

High School or Equivalent
High School Graduates (or equivalent) who have successfully completed Level III Academic English (or Academy Canada’s English Essentials course) are eligible for admission to the Greenhouse Production program. Students must complete an application form and provide a copy of High School, Adult Basic Education, or GED results. Applicants who do not meet the above requirements will require upgrading through Adult Basic Education prior to admission.

Mature Students
Applicants at least 19 years of age who do not meet the above high school graduate requirement may be eligible for admission to the Greenhouse Production program. All students entering through the Mature Student Status must also have successfully completed Level III Academic English (or Academy Canada’s English Essentials course). Level III Academic English may have been successfully completed through High School or through Adult Basic Education training. Mature applicants who do not meet the above requirement will require upgrading through Adult Basic Education prior to admission. Applicants must complete an application form, provide a copy of their most recent marks and write a Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) arranged by Academy Canada to assess eligibility for admission.

Preferred Requirements

While not required for admission, completion of the following High School courses would be an asset for successful program completion:

  • Level I or II Biology
  • Level II Chemistry
  • Academic Level III Math

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