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Intermediate Landscape Design and Landscape Specialist, Certificate of Specialization

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CE_ILSC

The Intermediate Landscape Design and Construction certificate program trains students to work in the field of landscape design/build. The curriculum provides studies in design, construction, history, basic horticulture, topics that help a student obtain employment in the field, and provide foundational training towards becoming licensed landscape contractors and related specialties.

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 A105Botany for Gardeners3
HORT A116Digital Design3
HORT A190California Friendly Landscape2
HORT A200Chronicles of Garden Design through the Ages3
HORT A286Landscape Design Elements2
Total Units13