Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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The LAT program offers three degrees and two certificates. The certificate and first-year degree courses focus on the basic science, math and landscape knowledge required in all phases of the landscape industry. The second-year degree courses are more specific to the degree focus and allow students to pursue areas of interest through electives and cooperative education. Completion of the A.A.S. degree satisfies the educational portion of the eligibility requirements to take the State Landscape Contractors Licensing Exam.

The LAT curriculum is designed to offer you a variety of career paths:

Associate of Applied Science in Landscape Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree classes are designed to develop knowledge and skills in plant care, plant identification, soils, irrigation, landscape business operations, estimating and bidding, basic landscape design, and construction practices. With proper licensing and experience, many students establish their own business in construction, maintenance, or design. Employment can include work with landscape contractors, landscape designers, positions in landscape maintenance and gardening, landscape and horticultural suppliers or retail and wholesale nurseries.
Associate of Applied Science in Landscape Design
The Landscape Design AAS Degree classes are developed to build knowledge and skills in plant identification, soils, irrigation, site measurement and analysis, landscape design history, and landscape design. Students completing the curriculum will have the skills needed to produce landscape designs. The landscape design courses meet the educational requirement for certification with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. Students are prepared to work in the landscape design and construction field, performing services for residential and small commercial projects.
Associate of Applied Science in Environmental Landscape Management Technology
The Environmental Landscape Management Technology AAS degree will develop skills and knowledge in Landscape Technology, Biology and Environmental Science to prepare students for careers working with natural resources and sustainable landscape technologies. Students who complete the degree will have a broad background in science and the technical skills to construct, maintain and monitor sustainable landscape systems such as bioswales, greenroofs and environmental restoration projects.
Less Than One-Year Landscape Service Technician Certificate
The Landscape Service Technician Certificate is a 33-credit certificate designed to develop knowledge and skills in plant care, plant identification, soils, irrigation, basic landscape design, and construction practices. Students completing the certificate are prepared for entry level positions in landscape construction, landscape management, nursery work or sales. All of the courses completed as part of this certificate will count towards subsequent LAT degrees.
Landscape Technology Entry Level Career Pathway Certificate
The Landscape Technology Entry Level Career Pathway Certificate is a 17-credit certificate. Students completing this certificate will have a foundation in basic plant identification, plant care, landscape math and sustainable landscape practices and will be ready for an entry level position in the industry. All of the courses completed as part of this certificate will count towards subsequent LAT certificates and degrees.

While in the program, students must fulfill PCC’s basic requirements for English and math. Consult a department advisor with respect to program planning and degree requirements.

Cooperative Education

Landscape Technology Cooperative Work Experience
Students working toward their Associates Degree in Landscape Technology are required to complete a total of six credit hours of Cooperative Education. Students interested in registering for co-op must pick up the appropriate forms from Nancy Pitzer, the Cooperative Education Specialist.
Landscape Design Cooperative Work Experience
Students pursuing an Associates Degree in Landscape Design are required to take a special Cooperative Education course: Landscape Design - Cooperative Education (LAT 280C). The student must have two design clients and will be required to meet with landscape faculty twice during the term, once to review the concept plans and once to review the master plan. LAT 280C can be used towards meeting the co-op requirements of any of the other AAS Degrees, but non-design co-op cannot be substituted in the two-year Landscape Design Degree. All co-op students must receive their registration forms from the Cooperative Education Specialist, Nancy Pitzer.

If you are interested in signing-up to be a potential client, see Landscape Design by Students.