Certificate in Horticulture

The Horticulture Program offers two professional certification programs in horticulture and landscape design. These certifications are specialized to prepare students with immediate training for green-industry careers without the general education requirements of the associate degree.

The Horticulture program is accredited by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and is recognized as a re-certification site by the Association for Professional Landscape Designers (APLD).

College Catalog

Course No. Title Credits
HRT*H101 Landscape Construction 4
HRT*H102 Woody Plants 3
HRT*H103 Herbaceous Plants 3
HRT*H202 Landscape Design I† 3
HRT*H207 Landscape Maintenance 3
HRT*H222 Greenhouse Operations and Management 4
HRT*H290 CWE Horticulture Co-op 3
Elective Horticulture†† 3-4
Elective Horticulture†† 3-4
  Total Credit Hours 29-31

† Prerequisite HRT*H102-Woody Plants or waiver by coordinator.

†† Horticulture Electives

HRT*H105 Fruit and Vegetable Production
HRT*H115 Turf Management
HRT*H124 Floral Design I
HRT*H125 Floral Design II
HRT*H203 Landscape Design II
HRT*H204 Computers in Landscape Design
HRT*H206 Landscaping Small Properties
HRT*H219 Arboriculture
HRT*H224 Plant Propagation & Hybridization
HRT*H240 Nursery Management

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify common trees and shrubs, ground covers, various annuals, biennials, and perennials by botanical and common names, and describe the outstanding characteristics of each; summarize landscape, garden center and greenhouse uses; and know the cultural requirements of these plants.
  • Identify foliage plants commonly used indoors by botanical and common names, state distinguishing characteristics of each, and describe their use and culture in various indoor landscape areas.
  • Control the common weeds, insects, pests and diseases of ornamentals and turf.
  • Select the proper procedures, define the physiological basis, and describe practical applications of the reproduction of plants by asexual and sexual methods.
  • Describe proper design and operation of greenhouse environmental systems, and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in commercial production.
  • Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, and toward the world of work.
  • Select appropriate techniques for the establishment and management of lawns and utility turf areas.
  • Manage the procedures used in landscape constructions and in the maintenance of small engines.
  • Design flower beds, and mixed borders; place trees and shrubs for a variety of gardens for both residential and commercial properties.
  • Access available resources to incorporate technological innovations.
  • Demonstrate those skills, abilities and values which allow a person to function as a free and responsible citizen.
  • Apply mathematics to calculating area, volume and application rates of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Evaluate site conditions to design attractive, functional landscapes.

Program Coordinator
Christopher Tuccio
203-596-8634 (p)
Room: E424