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How do I apply?

  • Submit the application fee ($45) along with your UFV application for admission form to the Office of the Registrar (OReg). Application forms are available from any OReg or Student Services office. You can also print an application form here, or you can apply directly through the internet at www.pas.bc.ca . See the Admission chart for a complete list of application dates and general information.

    Applications are accepted any time, with admission granted to qualified applicants based on date of application. If you wish to speak to the director, call 604-795-2813, to make an appointment. Those wanting only part-time studies are welcome, please contact the department for more details.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

  • proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, and
  • transcript (or interim transcript) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements, or
  • letter of permission from the agriculture department. 
  • Upon admission to the program you will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required when you register (see Fees and Other Costs). This money will be applied to the tuition fees and is not refundable. Final payment of all course fees is due the end of the second week of classes.

If you wish to begin taking courses at UFV while waiting for a space to become available in this program, it will be necessary to submit a separate application to take courses as a general student.

  • In cases where interim transcripts are submitted, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements. For fall entry, proof of completion of entrance requirements is due the end of the first week in August.

Where can I find a job afterwards?

Graduates of UFV Agriculture programs are among the most employable graduates in the field accross Canada. The varieyt of careers are vast. with an incredible diversity among career paths.

Graduates from our programs are in high demand, with many in job placements even prior to graduation. Come grow with us in the ever expanding universe of agricultural sciences!

Career Opportunities in IPM:

People with IPM training are needed by the horticulture industry to identify and assess pest problems, and help to recommend and help to implement management programs. Career opportunities in IPM for qualified applicants are expected to increase over the next several years.

Graduates may find work as IPM field scouts in nurseries, greenhouses, or for field crop and/or orchard operations. Graduates may work directly for growers, for IPM consulting firms, or as technicians in various government research programs.

Career Opportunities in Horticulture:

For those with education and practical skills, career opportunities in agriculture are excellent. UFV agriculture graduates are successful in finding jobs throughout the horticulture industry.

They find employment in greenhouses, golf courses and landscaping companies, as grounds maintenance personnel and as technicians with various levels of government. Others find careers in the agri-business sector in marketing, sales, and service. Some graduates return to family-owned enterprises or start their own small business.

Qualified graduates of the diploma option in horticulture are eligible to transfer to Olds College in Alberta where they will receive transfer credit towards a Bachelor of Science Degree in applied horticulture technology.

Career Opportunities in Livestock:

UFV agriculture graduates have excellent success in finding jobs in the livestock sector as well as in more general agricultural industries. Sample livestock related occupation include dairy farm manager or owner/operator, dairy herdsperson, artificial insemination specialist, ranch hand, sale representative for livestock-related supplies, government livestock and forage technician, swineherd production assistant, and poultry producers.

 

HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF WHAT SOME OF OUR GRADS ARE DOING NOW:

Research with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Laboratory Technicians

Monitors in Integrated Pest Management

Nursery Managers

Feed Store Specialists

Owner/Operators Training Stables Major Horticultural Supplier Companies Owner/Operators Ranching

Growers for Reforestation Seedlings

Inspectors with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Owner/Operators Greenhouse

Owner/Operators Vegetable Farm

Landscape Technicians

Herdsmen

Retail Management

Ornamental Plant Growers

Produce Managers in Major Grocery Stores

Owner/Operators Nursery Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Plant Health Division Horse Farrier/Trainer
Seed Trial Manager Grounds Maintenance Ranch Hand Owner/Operators Organic Turkey and Chicken Farm
Artificial Insemination Specialists Forestry Research Stations Dairy Farming and Milkers   Owner/Operator Rose Breeding
City/Municipal Parks Departments Regional District Workers Owner/Operators Landscape Maintenance Companies Growers and Assistant Growers For Large Commercial Organizations
Biological Control Specialists Sales Reps Consulting Businesses Crop Consultants
Equipment Dealers Owner/Operators Horticulture Therapy Grounds Keeper Golf Courses
Mushroom Growers Head Landscapers Owner/Operators IPM Businesses Owner/Operators Propagators

Monitoring For Foreign Insect Pests

Greenhouse Management

Landscape Architects

Entomological Research

 What educational background do I need?

  1. The minimum entrance requirement for Agriculture programs is B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. English 11, Principles of Mathematics 11 (or any other Math 11), and one of the following Grade 11 sciences:
    • Biology 11
    • Chemistry 11
    • Earth Sciences 11
    • Physics 11
    • Agriculture 11 and 12. A minimum grade of C is required in both
    • Agriculture 11 and Agriculture 12 for admission.

Note: While the Composition Placement Test (CPT) is not necessary for applying to this program, it is a prerequisite for CMNS 125, one of the required program courses. Students are advised to arrange for the CPT well before they plan to register for CMNS 125.

Students having English as a second language must complete an assessment exam with the ESL department in advance of admission to the department. Early application to the agriculture program is essential in order for the language assessment exam to be administered.

If you do not have the required entrance courses, you may obtain information from UCFV on the availability of preparatory courses. Mature students lacking recent preparation are advised to consult with the agriculture director about refresher courses in math, biology, and reading and study skills, etc., well in advance of the program start date.

You must have your own transportation and appropriate clothing, including steel-toed work boots, and are required to participate in on-the-job training at host farm/business sites without remuneration. To qualify for on-the-job training (practicum), you must be enrolled in the program full-time, with a minimum grade of pass in all the current semester's course work.

Can I attend part-time?

Part-time studies are available and you may attend at your convenience! Courses begin in September or January each year.

Can I transfer for more education after I graduate?

Transfer to other educational institutes:

UFV can sometimes arrange transfers to other two-year agricultural programs for those students who would like to take their second year of study in another province. Qualified students may also be able to apply their two-year diploma programs in either horticulture or integrated pest management towards a Bachelor of Applied Horticultural Technology degree, at Olds College, Alberta. A transfer agreement from UCFV to the BSc (Agri) at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, is being finalized. Contact the agriculture director at 604-795-2813 for information about all transfer possibilities.

I've been out of school for a long time, will there be other students like me attending?

Goodness yes! Our students range from being just out of High School, mature students looking for a career change, and some just attending for personal interest and fun. Many students already employed attend to upgrade their skills.

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