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Landscape Technician Technical Diploma

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Create outdoor spaces to inspire

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
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
  • 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.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Landscape Technician technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
First Semester
Semester Total
14
Second Semester
Semester Total
14
Total Credits
28

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.
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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 NWTC.edu/studyabroad.

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Take a virtual tour of the Landscape Horticulture Building

NWTC Landscape Horticulture Building Virtual Tour
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