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Retrofitting California Urban Gardens, Certificate of Specialization

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CE_RCUG

The Retrofitting California Urban Gardens Certificate of Specialization is designed to provide formal training for individuals interested in transforming the landscape into a water-wise sustainable garden. This program provides students with entry-level working knowledge of the skills and resources they will need to design various sustainable landscapes upon completion of the certificate.

Program Outcome

  1. Students will demonstrate areas of critical thinking, design, and visual communication for entry-level employment as a landscape/garden designer that will have a strong background in sustainability as well as the ability to pursue industry certifications.

Certificate of Specialization Requirements

The Certificate of Specialization is a locally approved career program that requires sixteen units or fewer 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 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.  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
HORT A111 Landscape Drafting Techniques 1
HORT A190 California Friendly Landscape 2
HORT A285 Introduction to Landscape Design 3
HORT A191 Cacti and Succulents 1.5
HORT A288 Sprinkler Irrigation Systems Design 2
HORT A289 Installation of Residental Irrigation Systems 1
 Total Units10.5