The Landscape Horticulture Certificate program offers a foundation of horticulture knowledge in plant identification, growing, arboriculture, pruning, soils, plant problem diagnostics, and landscape installation and management.
One-year certificate that demonstrates a foundation of horticultural information and a measurable commitment to specific goals and their achievement. Includes completion of: ENGL 107, BUS 116 and PSYC 240.
Graduates typically find employment in landscape installation and management of residential, commercial and public areas, or with tree care companies, nurseries, and greenhouses. There are many opportunities for self-employment in this field.
Estimated Length of Completion
|Certificate||Full Time: 3
Part Time: 6
Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.
Students must meet with an advisor for entry into this program. A placement test is required to ensure language and computational skills are sufficient for program success.
- Demonstrate ability to work with site requirements, installation contractors, clients, and maintenance personnel to accomplish project within prescribed time, resources, and budgets
- Consistently know and practice safety, environment protection, workplace standards, work ethics, and leadership issues.
- Prepare and generate required plans and documents for customers, co-workers, suppliers, and general public and effectively communicate desired outcomes and actions.
- Describe and outline career opportunities and requirements for entry and advancement within the field.
- Describe and demonstrate skill in use of equipment, tools, environmental controls, and computers.
- Arboriculturist (Tree Care)
- Ecological Restoration Manager
- First-Line Supervisor of Landscaping / Lawn Service / and Groundskeeping Workers
- Golf Course Maintenance Manager
- Irrigation Technician
- Landscape Construction Manager (Construction Manager)
- Nursery and Greenhouse Manager
- Parks Manager
- Pesticide Handlers / Sprayers / and Applicators / Vegetation
- Plant Propagation Manager
- Retail Garden Center Manager
- Soil and Water Conservationist
- Sustainable Land Manager
- Turf Maintenance Manager
For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:
All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.
- Credits :13.0
- Resident Student Cost : $1,332.88
- Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,487.48
- International Student Cost : $3,185.96
- Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,299.20
- Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,453.80
- International BAS Student Cost : $3,185.96
- Credits :12.0
- Resident Student Cost : $1,275.42
- Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,429.22
- International Student Cost : $3,121.04
- Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,287.90
- Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,441.70
- International BAS Student Cost : $3,121.04
- Credits :18.0
- Resident Student Cost : $1,620.18
- Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,778.78
- International Student Cost : $3,510.56
- Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,355.70
- Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,514.30
- International BAS Student Cost : $3,510.56
- Credits :9.0
- Resident Student Cost : $1,044.45
- Non-Resident Student Cost : $1,181.43
- International Student Cost : $2,692.08
- Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,038.77
- Non-Resident BAS Student Cost : $2,175.75
- International BAS Student Cost : $2,692.08
- Resident Cost : $5,918.55
- NonResident Cost : $6,694.77
- International Student Cost : $15,255.12
Quarter Start Dates: Landscape Horticulture classes begin in Fall, Winter and Spring.
Students may still enroll in the program during other quarters to begin their related academic classes (Not required if a student has already completed these classes. Students must provide an official transcript.).
Class Times: Check the online class schedule. Students will meet during the class timeframe listed, however in order to maintain safe distances in on-site labs students will be grouped and have specified times on campus. Please check with your instructor for more information.
Other related academic classes are required that meet outside of these class times. These classes can be completed online and/or in-person depending on availability. Check with an advisor regarding when to take related academic classes.
Integrated Pest and Weed Management
Learn the principles of plant health care, integrated pest and weed management for landscape plants. Recognize common landscape weeds and invasive species. Basic information on integrated strategies for insect, disease and weed management. Covers Washington State pesticide laws, safety, and environmental concerns. Preparation for the WSDA pesticide license exam.
Experience plant growth and development through crop production. Manage plant health, environments and growth media from propagation to sales. An introduction to greenhouse structures and systems.
Fall Plant Identification
Using fall seasonal features of interest, knowledge of plant adaptations, structures, and growth, identify and properly use ornamental shrubs, trees, vines, and ground covers adapted to and utilized in the Pacific Northwest landscapes.
Winter Plant Identification
Using winter seasonal features of interest, knowledge of plant adaptations, structures, and growth, identify and properly use ornamental shrubs, trees, vines, and ground covers adapted to and utilized in the Pacific Northwest landscapes. Identify and properly use conifers adapted to the Pacific Northwest and broadleaf plants that provide special winter interest: flowers, fragrance, attractive bark, and fruit. Recommended for Success: LHO 150 Using winter seasonal features of interest, identify and properly use ornamental shrubs, trees, vines, and ground covers adapted to and utilized in the Pacific Northwest landscapes. Recommended for Success. LHO 150.
Spring Plant Identification
Using spring seasonal features of interest, knowledge of plant adaptations, structures, and growth, identify and properly use ornamental shrubs, trees, vines, and ground covers adapted to and utilized in the Pacific Northwest landscapes.
Covers sustainable maintenance practices, lawn management, tool and small equipment use, safety, landscape management plans, and the impact of design on maintenance requirements.
Introduction to Arboriculture
Explore the current science and practice of managing trees in urban landscapes. This course will help students prepare for the International Society of Arboriculture's Certified Arborist Examination.
Learn the art and science of pruning through lecture, demonstration, and extensive field practice. Develop skill at pruning broadleaf trees and shrubs, conifers, fruit trees, vines, and roses.
Internship in Landscape Horticulture
Students apply horticultural knowledge and skills learned throughout the LHO program directly to the local industry. Course credit can be earned through current employment or the development of opportunities found in conjunction with the WorkSource Office. Student must complete hours and submit a Training Agreement, Learning Outcomes, and a Self-Evaluation in order to pass. Prerequisite: Approval from a Faculty Mentor (Instructor) and Embedded Career Specialist.
Greenhouse and Nursery Practicum
Hands-on application of knowledge, and development of skills in nursery and greenhouse plant production, propagation, maintenance, marketing and retail sales. Includes Saturday Garden Center open dates. Prerequisites: LHO 111 or instructor permission.
This course is designed to give a review of basic math skills, with particular emphasis on percentages, interest, discounts, arithmetic of payroll, taxes, bank statements, reconcilliations, trade and cash discounts, establishing retail prices, consumer credit, simple and compound interest, annuities, business and consumer loans. Basic calculator skills will be introduced.
This course is designed to help students from a variety of majors to master the composition skills needed for careers in business and industry. Students will learn the principles and conventions of technical writing and practice those conventions in a variety of assignments that would typically be encountered in the work place. Attention will also be paid to strengthening the surface and stylistic aspects of their writing. Prereq: placement into ENGL097. Section 70 online fee, section 77 hybrid fee, contact instructor and read sites.google.com/southseattle.edu/eLearning/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: people.seattlecolleges.edu
Psychology of Human Relations
Course Substitute : BUS 113 - Diversity Issues in Business (3 credits)
Covers dynamics of workplace organizations. Theory and concepts include major topics: communication, conflict, leadership, group process, ethics and management. Primarily for vocational students. Section 70 online fee, contact instructor and read http://sites.southseattle.edu/online/welcome-letter Find your instructor's email at: http://www.seattlecolleges.com/district/employeedirectory/directorysearch.aspx PREREQ: ENGL 105; ASSET: 43 W, 43 R; COMPASS: 68 W, 81 R