Certificate of Achievement in Ornamental Horticulture

Division: Agriculture

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Ornamental Horticulture. Students completing this certificate will acquire plant propagation, pest management, plant identification and basic ornamental horticulture skills and practices.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify and classify common landscape plants utilized in the climate zones of the Central Valley and describe their cultural requirements.
  • Describe and demonstrate the safe and efficient use of tools, equipment and materials commonly used in ornamental horticulture and nursery management.
  • Prepare appropriate growth media and utilize common horticultural techniques and practices to propagate and produce ornamental plants in containers.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following fields: nursery production, landscape maintenance, parks and recreation, garden centers.

Required Certificate Courses (22 Units)22
AG Business Computer Apps
Basic Ornamental Horticulture
Plant Identification 1
Plant Identification 2
Plant Propagation
Nursery & Greenhouse Productn.
Pests of Ornamentals
Agriculture Wrk Exp-1st Sem
Restricted Electives (6 Units)6
Select two of the following courses:
Principles of Landscape Design
Landscape Maintenance
Landscape Drafting
Landscape Construction
Turfgrass Management
Landscape Irrigation
Xeriscape: Water Conservation
Diseases of Ornamentals

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Agriculture Division Chair.