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 areas: nursery production, landscape maintenance, parks and recreation, garden centers.

Program Requirements 

AGMT 108Ag Business Computer Applications3
OH 001Introduction to Horticultural Science3
OH 002Plant Identification 13
OH 003Plant Identification 23
OH 105Plant Propagation3
OH 204Nursery and Greenhouse Production3
OH 222Pests of Ornamentals3
WEXP 193FAgriculture Work Experience – First Semester1
Select two of the following courses:
OH 007Principles of Landscape Design3
OH 109Landscape Maintenance3
OH 206Landscape Drafting3
OH 208Landscape Construction3
OH 210Turfgrass Management3
OH 217Landscape Irrigation3
OH 218Xeriscape: Water Conservation3
OH 220Diseases of Ornamentals3

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.