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 Number Course Title Cr.
HRT*H101 Landscape Mechanics 4
HRT*H102 Woody Plants 3
HRT*H103 Herbaceous Plants 3
HRT*H202 or
Landscape Design I† or
Floral Design I
HRT*H207 Landscape Maintenance 3
HRT*H219 or
Arboriculture or
Plant Propagation and Hybridization
3 or 4
HRT*H222 Greenhouse Management I 4
HRT*H290 CWE Horticulture Co-op 3
Elective Horticulture†† 3
Total Credit Hours 29-30

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

††Horticulture Electives:
Hrt*H105 Fruit and Vegetable Production
Hrt*H115 Turf Management
Hrt*H203 Landscape Design II
Hrt*H204 Computers in Landscape Design
Hrt*H206 Landscaping Small Properties
Hrt*H215 Pest Control in Ornamentals and Turf 
Hrt*H223 Greenhouse Management II
HRT*H240 Nursery Management

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Control the common weeds, insects, pests and diseases of ornamentals and turf.
  4. Select the proper procedures, define the physiological basis, and describe practical applications of the reproduction of plants by asexual and sexual methods.
  5. Describe proper design and operation of greenhouse environmental systems, and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages in commercial production.
  6. Demonstrate a responsible attitude in relationships with employers, fellow employees, and toward the world of work.
  7. Select appropriate techniques for the establishment and management of lawns and utility turf areas.
  8. Manage the procedures used in landscape constructions and in the maintenance of small engines.
  9. Design flower beds, and mixed borders; place trees and shrubs for a variety of gardens for both residential and commercial properties.
  10. Access available resources to incorporate technological innovations.
  11. Demonstrate those skills, abilities and values which allow a person to function as a free and responsible citizen.
  12. Apply mathematics to calculating area, volume and application rates of fertilizers and pesticides.
  13. Evaluate site conditions to design attractive, functional landscapes.

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