Landscape Technician Technical Diploma

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New! Landscape Technician technical diploma

Would you rather work outdoors than anywhere else? Imagine being outside, doing what you love – building beautiful landscapes and outdoor living spaces. Think about how freeing it feels to enjoy your daily work.

In the new Landscape Technician program, you will:

  • Obtain skills to start your horticulture career, including:
    • plant identification
    • hardscape and plant installation, and
    • landscaping equipment operation.
  • Gain foundational experience that can lead to increased career opportunities and salary potential.
  • Learn with people who share your passion for working outdoors.

Program Code: 310013

Professionals are needed to design, install and maintain exceptional landscapes. As a Landscape Technician graduate, you can work with plants that are commonly used in landscapes, design landscapes, build and install hardscapes and plants, write cost estimates, perform ground maintenance, safely operate landscape and construction equipment, and have a working knowledge of the safe use of pesticides. Plus you can propagate, grow, and sell all types of ornamental and greenhouse plants. You will hone your skills in NWTC's Landscape Horticulture Learning Center located right on the Green Bay Botanical Garden grounds, giving you the unique opportunity for hands-on learning on a 47-acre ornamental lab with display gardens and natural areas. NWTC's Landscape Technician Technical Diploma is the only Wisconsin program hosted by an accredited college that is located on a botanical garden site.

Follow Your Path

• All credits in the following certificate(s) apply toward this technical diploma:
• Landscape Installation, 610012


Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Landscape Horticulture Technician: works with plants that are commonly used in landscapes, designs landscapes; builds and installs hardscapes and plants; writes cost estimates, performs ground maintenance, safely operates landscape and construction equipment. Has working knowledge of the safe use of pesticides.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Grounds Manager
• Sales Representative
• Garden Center Manager
• Pest Control Specialist
• Garden Center Specialist
• Golf Course Maintenance Assistant
• Nursery or Greenhouse Grower
• Turf Technician or Interior Plantscaper


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Students following the study plan below will complete the Landscape Technician technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-001-110 HORTICULTURE-INTRODUCTION ...explore the horticulture industry, plant culture, identification, propagation, physiology, selected aspects of horticulture industry including fruits, vegetables, ornamentals, greenhouse systems, landscape techniques, home gardens, and turf.
10-001-158 PLANT-WOODY ORNAMENTAL ...physiology, culture, identification, and use of primarily temperate woody plant materials appropriate for landscapes in northeastern Wisconsin.
10-001-180 LANDSCAPE INSTALLATION PRACTICES ...investigate safety and techniques used in landscape construction practices. These include the use of specific landscape tools, plan implementation methods, preliminary site survey methods, proper planting, equipment operations and installation techniques of basic landscape features.
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Arithmetic score greater/equal to 250 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR TABE A 9/10 Math greater/equal to 12.7 AND Rdg greater/equal to 8.8; OR TABE 11/12 Math greater/equal to 780 AND Rdg greater/equal to 573; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-001-107 PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge skill process for understanding of plant structure and biological functions. The role of soils in plant development and best management practices for soils will also be examined.
10-001-106 DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION LAYOUT ...introduction to the techniques of site analysis, hand drafting and sketching, blueprint reading, site layout using scaled drawings and estimating material quantities.
10-001-141 HORTICULTURAL OPERATIONS ...explore the operations of a horticultural enterprise. The focus will be on business objectives, regulations, estimating, record keeping, equipment and accepted practices. Sustainability, supervision and industry credentialing will also be examined.
10-001-170 INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT...various methods to combat plant pests in an environmentally responsible manner; using biorational techniques and strategies.
10-001-159 FLOWERS-HERBACEOUS ...annuals/perennials/roses; using flowers/foliage effectively in the landscape; care of each flower emphasizing selection/tips to best utilize each flower; groundcover/vines included. (Corequisite: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Introduction)
10-001-172 LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE ...identifying problems and cultural challenges in the landscape; pruning techniques, insect/disease problems, weed identification; soil fertility; resolve situations in the field. (Prerequisites: 10-001-110, Horticulture-Introduction; 10-001-116, Horticultural Soils)
10-001-151 LANDSCAPE/HORTICULTURE INTERNSHIP ...job opportunities in the field, applying scholastic knowledge to practical applications, and cooperation with an employer. (Prerequisites: Accepted to the Landscape Horticulture Program; 10-001-158, Plant-Woody Ornamental; 10-001-159, Flowers-Herbaceous; 10-001-117, Applied Botany; 10-001-116, Horticultural Soils; 10-001-154, Turf Management; 10-001-180, Landscape Installation Intro
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.

Program Outcomes

• Communicate within the horticulture industry.
• Justify the selection of the appropriate woody plant(s) under the given circumstances for the project at hand.
• Justify the selection of the appropriate herbaceous plant(s) under the given circumstances for the project at hand.
• Execute IPM (Integrated Pest Management).
• Prescribe and execute proper landscape maintenance plans.
• Determine nutritional requirements of turf grasses and ornamentals.
• Analyze soil and its influence on plant life.
• Build landscapes.
• Implement a landscape construction design plan.
• Operate a transit.
• Use carpentry hand and power tools.
• Safely operate landscape equipment.
• Operate computer hardware system.
• Receive training for Wisconsin Pesticide Certification exam.
• Propagate and grow horticulture plants.
• Use masonry hand and power tools.
• Diagnose and treat pest problems on ornamental plants.
• Identify and maintain tropical indoor plants.
• Utilize sustainable practices and biorational controls.


Study Abroad Opportunities

• The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit