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Horticulture, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_OH
Control Number: 22368

Upon completion of the Horticulture Program students will have the knowledge, skills and experience to work with plant material in multiple applications and multiple fields in the Landscaping and Nursery industries. Students will be qualified for careers in Landscape Design, Landscape Contracting, Landscape Maintenance, Arboriculture, Nursery practices, and Irrigation and Water Management.

Program Outcomes

  1. Use knowledge of various plant materials to better design and maintain an outdoor garden or landscape.
  2. Describe man’s relationship with plants for food and environmental enhancement.
  3. Describe current sustainability issues in Southern California and how good horticultural practices will improve long term sustainability.
  4. Use knowledge of a particular chosen plant, greenhouse systems and propagation practices to successfully produce a healthy crop by a target date.
  5. Use knowledge of site conditions, drafting skills, client needs, and various plant and building materials to solve a design problem.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  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.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  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 their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Botany 1
or Botany for Gardeners
HORT A109 Knowing Your Soils 3
HORT A181 Ornamental Trees 3
HORT A182 Ornamental Shrubs 3
Year 2
Select 12 units of the following: 12
Landscape Drafting Techniques  
Introduction to Tree Care  
Pest Control Applicators and Gardeners P.C.O. Certification  
Greenhouse and Nursery Science  
Plant Diseases  
Interior Plantscaping  
Chronicles of Garden Design through the Ages 2  
Business of Landscape Design and Construction  
Portfolio Development 2  
Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting  
Introduction to Landscape Design 2  
Garden Pools, Fountains and Waterfalls in the Landscape  
Landscape Graphics  
Digital Design  
Landscape Maintenance  
Plant Propagation  
Pests of Ornamentals  
Weeds and Their Control  
California Friendly Landscape  
Cacti and Succulents  
Chronicles of Garden Design through the Ages 2  
Calculations for Horticulture and Landscape Professionals  
Portfolio Development 2  
Introduction to Landscape Design 2  
Therapeutic Gardens: Design for Healing Spaces  
Landscape Design Elements  
Planting Design  
Sprinkler Irrigation Systems Design  
Installation of Residental Irrigation Systems  
Business Elective (any OCC Business course 100 or higher)
Grading and Drainage for Landscape Design  
 Total Units24