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Intermediate Landscape Design and Construction Specialist, Certificate of Achievement

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Banner Code: 1_CM_ILSC

Control Number: 41044

Not Financial Aid Eligible

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

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

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.  

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

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing. 

Some courses in this program may be offered once per academic year. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
HORT A105 Botany for Gardeners 3
HORT A116 Digital Design 3
Semester 2
HORT A190 California Friendly Landscape 2
HORT A200 Chronicles of Garden Design through the Ages 3
HORT A286 Landscape Design Elements 2
 Total Units13