FREDERICTON (CNB) – Eight newly registered apprentices of the Landscape-Horticulturist program have completed their first block of training.  

"This new apprenticeship training program will raise the profile and standards for this occupation," said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Martine Coulombe. "I am confident that the program will receive strong support from employers who register and train apprentices."

The member companies of the Landscape NB Horticulture Trades Association Inc. assisted the department with the development and implementation of the program.  
The Landscape Horticulture Training Institute, a division of the Landscape NB Horticulture Trades Association Inc., is mandated to deliver the training.  

"This is a great leap forward for our industry,” said Jim Landry, executive director, Landscape New Brunswick Horticulture Trades Association Inc. “It can now be officially promoted as a career choice for those who wish to travel this path, and this in turn will work to alleviate some of our human resource issues of the past."

"This is the culmination of three years of work within the New Brunswick association and collaboration with other provincial associations such as the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association,” said Darrell Nameth, past president of Landscape NB and president of Lawn Rangers Landscaping. “This is also a national Red Seal trade and is an important step towards raising the awareness and profile of the work done by landscapers.”

The occupation was designated in August 2010 when Regulation 97-125 of the Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Act was amended. At that time, the occupations of Heavy Equipment Operator, Ironworker (Structural/Ornamental), Ironworker (Reinforcing), and Underground Hardrock Miners were also designated for apprenticeship training.