Landscape Horticulture Technician | Western Technical College

Landscape Horticulture Technician

Technical Diploma

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With an interest in creating, designing, building, and otherwise improving outdoor spaces, you’ll have many opportunities in the field of landscape horticulture.

A combination of creativity and technical knowledge of plants and soils, along with a desire to work outdoors, means you can find employment in a number of fields, including landscape design, landscape construction, and landscape maintenance. You could find yourself working in a greenhouses or garden center, a golf course, an outdoor sporting venue, or on a park or maintenance crew. You might even choose to go into business for yourself. And, you could be ready to enter your career within one year!

The nature of the Landscape Horticulture program demands that much of the learning takes place in the field and in Western’s on-campus Horticulture Education Center. You’ll learn to evaluate landscape construction systems, determine suitability of plants for placement, understand turf management, identify common landscape pests, and be able to identify soils and correct soil deficiencies, all with principles of sustainability in mind. Additionally, you will gain experience in our state of the art greenhouse facility.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Landscape Horticulture Technician

This program will cost about $5,600* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Graduation Employment Stats

Western conducts a follow-up survey of all grads six months after graduation to find out if they are employed in a job related to their program, how much they are making, and where they are employed.

Survey information is not currently available for this program. Please contact an Admissions Coach or call 606-785-9200 for more information.

Career Opportunities

Plant Health Care Technician
Landscape Installation Technician
Lawn Care Technician
Greenhouse Technician
Irrigation Installation Technician
Tree & Shrub Care Technician
Landscape Maintenance Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Analyze growing media
  • Diagnose plant health
  • Communicate as a horticulture professional
  • Apply design principles
  • Provide horticulture maintenance
  • Apply the principles of plant science

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

Landscape Horticulture Technician

Career Pathways

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