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Landscape Service Technician, Career Pathway certificate

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  • Do you like to work with your hands to make a difference?
  • Are you already working in the landscape industry and are ready to advance your career?

Success and living wage jobs in the landscape industry require knowledge of the living world around us. The LAT Landscape Service Technician Career Pathway Certificate prepares you with the foundational knowledge of plants, science, and industry skills to step into entry-level positions in landscape maintenance, construction, and other green industries. Elective courses allow you to explore individual interests.

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
  • Construction practices

Completing the certificate prepares you for entry-level positions in landscape construction, landscape management, nursery work, or sales. Learn more about careers in this field on the Landscape Industry Careers website.

All of the courses completed as part of this certificate will count towards additional certificates and degrees in the Landscape Technology program.

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As a Career Pathway student, you can get one-on-one support to help you access resources, services, and employment. You may also be eligible for financial support to help you with the costs of college.

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Award information

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Career Pathway Certificate: Landscape Service TechnicianLess than 1 year

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Course listing for the 2022-2023 catalog year.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
LAT 101 Introduction to the Landscape Industry 2
LAT 236 Landscape Math 3
Landscape Service Technician Electives 3
Second Term
CSS 200 Soils and Plant Nutrition 4
LAT 272 Sustainable Landscaping 3
Landscape Service Technician Electives 6
Third Term
LAT 102 Plant Establishment and Maintenance 3
LAT 108 Landscape Irrigation I 3
Landscape Service Technician Electives 6
 Total Credits33

Most LAT classes are only offered once a year.  First term corresponds to the fall term, second term to winter term, third term to spring term. Students may start the program at any time of the year.  Please contact the LAT program advisor for more guidance.

Students may take the LAT Math Challenge Test to test out of LAT 236, Landscape Math. Please contact the LAT Department Chair, Jenn Peters, to learn more.

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