This two semester certificate program offers basic to advanced landscape design skills to persons who are seeking a career in landscape design but who may not desire a full degree. The certificate is also helpful to those already employed in the landscape industry who have a desire to upgrade their knowledge and skills in order to be a more valuable staff member. The Plant Science and Landscape Design Short-Term Certificate features course work in such horticulture basics as plant identification, landscape design, landscape project estimating and management and current landscape practices.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at

Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED not required, but highly recommended
  • Complete English placement test.
  • Complete Math placement test

Other Information

  • Submit all college transcripts to Office of the Registrar.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Ensure that a landscape design is properly created by actively listening, understanding, and implementing instructions and effectively translating them to select and place appropriate plants and materials in a landscape setting.
  2. Apply knowledge of deciduous, evergreen and herbaceous plants, their growing habits and needs, and appropriate placement within the landscape.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of landscape business requirements including estimating, profit and loss analysis, pricing strategies and customer relations.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
PST-1311 Deciduous Woody Landscape Plants 3
PST-1441 Introduction to Landscape Design 3
PST-1510 Landscape Contracting 3
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications
Honors Computer Applications
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
HLTH-1230 Standard First Aid and Personal Safety 1
PST-1321 Evergreens, Groundcovers, and Herbaceous Landscape Plants 3
PST-1450 Landscape Design - CAD 3
PST-2431 Planting Design 3
 Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours22

Other Content

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.