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Advanced Landscape Design and Landscape Specialist, Certificate of Specialization

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CE_ALSC

Successful work in landscape design requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in aspects of horticulture, design, and more. Without requiring prior background, the Landscape Design Certificate program provides entry-level skills for those seeking employment in the landscaping field or continuing education for landscapers, florists/nursery growers, architects, contractors, and anyone interested in a broader range of knowledge in this area.

The courses enable you to develop aesthetic sensitivity and environmental awareness, a thorough knowledge of historical precedent, a definable and defensible design methodology, the technical knowledge and skills necessary to compete effectively for jobs, and a comprehensive portfolio.

Program Outcome

  1. Solve landscape challenges through the design/build process that provides basic human comfort and livability, and meet client functional and financial needs.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
HORT A109Knowing Your Soils3
HORT A181Ornamental Trees3
HORT A182Ornamental Shrubs3
HORT A284Portfolio Development1.5
HORT Irrigation Systems Design2
HORT A289Installation of Residental Irrigation Systems1
Total Units13.5