Landscape and Horticulture Technician - Certificate Program
If you're passionate about working in the green industry and want to embark on a rewarding career, look no further than Eastern Florida's Landscape and Horticulture Technician College Credit Certificate (CCC)!
In both national and local contexts, there's a growing interest in organic, local, and sustainable practices, leading to an increased demand for farming and greenhouse experts. Furthermore, with the continuous development of planned communities and outdoor venues, the need for landscape designers and grounds maintenance specialists has become crucial.
In Florida, where tropical and subtropical climates prevail, the demand for professionals in this field is essential throughout the year.
By enrolling in the Landscape and Horticulture Technician Certificate program, you'll gain valuable technical skills, scientific knowledge, and industry expertise necessary for success in the field.
Upon completion of the program, you can immediately apply your skills in the workforce, or use it as a stepping stone toward Eastern Florida's Landscape and Horticulture Technology A.S. degree as the certficate credit hours can apply to that degree.
Landscape and Horticulture Technician - Certificate Program
- Certificate Type
- College Credit Certificate (CCC)
- Delivery Methods
- On-Campus, Hybrid
- Total Credit Hours
- Academic Community
- Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
- Contact Information
Terry Lane, Program Advisor
Amanda Rose Newton, M.S.
Landscape and Horticulture Technician CCC - Course Curriculum
As you progress through the 30-credit-hour program, you'll choose a specialization in either horticulture or landscaping.
Upon completion of the program, you'll also have the chance to obtain a Florida fertilizer applicator license and Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) certification, which can enhance your professional credentials. You'll practice hands-on skills through a hydroponics class at EFSC's Titusville Campus greenhouse and coursework such as beekeeping at the local Rockledge Gardens greenhouses through an agreement with the college.
Landscape and Horticulture Technician Certificate - Admissions Information
To apply for this program, you can follow EFSC's regular enrollment process and can apply to start classes in any term. As a certificate program, this CCC does not require placement testing or general education courses, making it a great option for students who want the skills but who do not want the extra coursework that is part of a degree program.
If you have any questions or need assistance, reach out to the program advisor or manager.
To ensure your success and safety in the program, it's also important to meet certain requirements. These include being able to lift 25 pounds, understanding labels related to horticulture chemicals, recognizing color codes, comfortably accessing plants and soil, proficiently using various horticulture tools, and being able to work outdoors in different weather conditions for extended periods of time. These criteria will contribute to your success in the program and in your future career.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
To obtain this certificate, it'll cost you around $3,120, which covers the in-state tuition and fees. However, please keep in mind that there may be additional expenses for course materials and lab fees.
College Courses You Would Take
This certificate program is designed to prepare you for a career in specialized areas of horticulture and landscaping. You'll learn about plant physiology, nutrition, classification, pest control, pruning, maintenance, equipment, employability skills, and more.
At Eastern Florida, our program faculty have valuable expertise in the green industry. They bring diverse professional experiences including niche crop production, greenhouse management, integrated pest management, small space growing, plant propagation, and beekeeping — which they incorporate into the courses they teach.
Here are some of the courses you'll take as part of this program:
Explore soils, pesticides, and fertilizers in horticulture. Learn safe and responsible use for plant health. Prepare for the applicator's license exam.
Discover the major aspects of irrigation for landscaping, nursery, greenhouse, and turf maintenance applications.
Learn how to identify common grasses, flowers, shrubs, and trees for both outdoor and indoor landscape and horticulture applications.
Study plant science fundamentals and their role in plant production, exploring topics like growth, reproduction, nutrition, and more.
Why Become a Landscape and Horticulture Technician Through EFSC?
Rising Industry Demand
According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, there's a projected growth of 8-10% in the need for professionals with horticulture-related training in the coming years. This increasing demand is driven by several factors including a cultural shift toward incorporating more green and garden spaces, a rising interest in locally-sourced produce, a gowing legal cannabis industry, and the global popularity of hemp-derived products.
As a result, individuals with a strong horticulture background are becoming increasingly valuable and necessary in various industries. With this growing demand, pursuing horticulture-related credentials can lead to a rewarding and fulfilling career path with abundant opportunities for professional growth and impact.
Many Career Options
As a graduate of this certificate program, you'll have the opportunity to pursue various career paths such as greenhouse grower, hydroponic farmer, landscape designer, landscape technician, irrigation specialist, fruit and vegetable producer, nursery manager, turf specialist, florist, integrated pest management technician, gardener in botanical gardens or estates, or an interiorscape specialist.
Related Landscape and Horticulture Programs
If you're interested in the Landscape and Horticulture Technician CCC at Eastern Florida, it's worth exploring the related A.S. degree and two other certificate options.