Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist InterProvincial Exam Study Resources

Inter Provincial Exam Study Resources

The Inter-Provincial Landscape Horticulturist Exam is based on the Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS). The RSOS outlines the learning tasks and sub-tasks within each of the 4 “Major Work Activity” divisions.

The Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist InterProvincial Exam is a requirement of all apprentices or trade challengers/trade qualifiers. The following resources are relevant and applicable to anyone taking the IP Exam and is not provincial specific. This is a national resource.

Use the following links for IP Exam study resources. IP Exam Prep Course & Booklet provides a Landscape Horticulturist IP Exam preparation workshop Course and booklet – Check our news and events pages or Facebook page for upcoming course offerings. If you would like to be notified of upcoming workshop courses contact us to be placed on our notification list. This is a half day course that reviews common challenge areas of exam topics and helps you to prepare to write the exam. Included in the workshop course is a prep booklet that summarizes the workshop content and a practice exam. The booklet and practice exam can be bought individually in our online store if you are unable to attend a workshop. manuals manuals used by apprentices in training institutions are available through our online store. This is a study resource that addresses in comprehensive detail, the topics outlined in the Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS). Please feel free to contact to discuss whether this option would be beneficial to your studies. This option is not often recommended due to the volume of material. You can request to review the manuals table of contents. *Note The program standards were updated the current version of manuals are the 2019 versions. Currently only Level 1 & Level 2 and Level 3 are available. Level 4 will be available in 2023.

Red Seal Canada Official Program Standard

Comprehensive and complete RSOS

Condensed RSOS 

This guide is much the same as the above “Comprehensive and complete RSOS” but condensed to concentrate on learning tasks. It does not include technical information required by training providers for planning the trade training. It also does not contain “knowledge” outcomes and objectives. “knowledge” outcomes and objectives can be useful in studying so links to both versions have been provided.

***Tasks denoted with “(Not Common Core)” are not part of the exam. These tasks are “MAJOR WORK ACTIVITY E: Works in production of plant material” TASKS E-15 to E-18. Only Major Work Activities A,B, C, & D are Examinable.

Exam Weighting

Exam Weighting is a breakdown of the number of questions related to Major Work Activities with further breakdown of the number of questions related to learning tasks. This can help focus study efforts.

Plant Identification

Complete Red Seal Plant Identification List The Plant ID list is maintained by the Canadian Nursery & Landscape Association. The plants on this list can be the subject or component of exam questions.

Practice Exams

Sample exam questions from the Red Seal website.

The Landscape Horticulturist Red Seal Prep Manual includes a practice exam.

Information Guides

Information on preparing to write an Interprovincial Red Seal Examination and what to expect at the exam.

Red Seal Canada Interprovincial Red Seal Exam Preparation guide provides study techniques which can be used to prepare for writing the Interprovincial Red Seal examinations for all Red Seal trades. Topics which are discussed in the guide are: studying for the Red Seal exam, sample Red Seal questions, and writing the Red Seal exam. 

• Downloadable pdf Interprovincial Red Seal Exam Preparation guide

Red Seal Canada Landscape Horticulturist Interprovincial Program Guide (IPG) provides program information which can be used to prepare for writing the Interprovincial Red Seal examinations for the Landscape Horticulturist trade. ***This guide was written before program updating and makes use of the term “National Occupational Analysis (NOA)” which has been renamed to the “Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS)”

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