Horticultural Trades –

Green Careers Canada –

Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) –

Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities (MTCU) –

Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association – www.cnla­

Government of Canada ­ Support for Apprentices –

Landscape Horticulturist Red Seal Program –­

Glossary of Acronyms & Terms


AJCTC ­ – Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

C of A ­ – Certificate of Apprenticeship

C of Q ­- Certificate of Qualification

LO ­ – Landscape Ontario

MTCU ­ – Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities

OCOT ­ – Ontario College of Trades

OYAP ­ – Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

RTA ­ – Registered Training Agreement

TEA ­ – Trades Equivalency Assessment


Training Standard: The document issued by OCOT to an apprentice , which highlights all necessary on-the-job training to be completed.

Sponsor: Another term for an employer. Sponsors are registered employers with the MTCU, and are able to train apprentices

Red­Seal: A trade designation that allows certified journey-persons to practice their trade across Canada (with some provincial exceptions)

441C ­ This is the designated trade code for the Horticultural Technician Apprenticeship in Ontario.

Roles & Responsibilities

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MTCU)

  • Signing Registered Training Agreements (RTAs)
  • Invigilating exams on behalf of OCOT
  • Approving and monitoring Training Delivery Agents (TDAs)
  • Assessing eligibility to write the C of Q exam on behalf of OCOT
  • Promoting skilled trades and apprenticeship
  • Providing secretariat support to the Appointments Council
  • Working with other governments and OCOT on the Inter-provincial Red Seal Program for apprenticeship
  • Conducting policy development, evaluation and research
  • Passing regulations
  • Collaborating with OCOT on issues affecting trades and apprenticeship

Other Resources

Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)

  • Regulating over 150 skilled trades named under OCTAA
  • Ensuring confidence in the qualifications of members, through a public register, with a mandate to gather and investigate complaints against members and to discipline members as required (includes all registered apprentices excluding OYAP)
  • Establishing an Industry­-driven approach
  • Processing Membership applications (due within 90 days of RTA signing)
  • Developing, revising and updating examinations (C of Q and exemption)
  • Developing, revising and updating Training and Curriculum Standards
  • Promoting skilled trades and apprenticeship
  • Working with other governments and the College on the Inter-provincial Red Seal Program for apprenticeship
  • Collaborating with MTCU on issues affecting trades and apprenticeship