Professional Gardening (BP) Occupational Certificate

Overview and Award Outcomes


The professional gardener certificate is designed to prepare students to professionally design, install and maintain ornamental and vegetable gardens, container plantings and seasonal displays in residential, commercial and institutional settings. Some of the skills taught include plant production, site preparation, plant selection, pest and weed identification, creating garden maintenance plans, pruning techniques, tool selection and use, and basic business practices.

Award Outcomes

Propagate woody and herbaceous plants sexually and asexually.

Identify plants and recommended uses.

Operate landscape equipment safely and efficiently.

Design flowerbeds.

Diagnose insect and disease problems of landscape plans.

Identify Minnesota natural plant communities.

Communicate effectively with staff and clients.

Use hand tools safely and efficiently.

Career Opportunities

Landscape/Horticulture professionals design, install and care for residential, commercial and public landscapes. They find work with companies that provide landscape design, construction and maintenance services, as well as garden centers, nurseries, golf courses and municipal parks, community gardens and public works departments.

Program Requirements

Technical Studies Required 29 Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleCourse Credits
LNDC1151Insects and Diseases of Landscape Plants


LNDC1187Sustainable Food and Plant Production - Summer


LNDC1202Herbaceous Plant Materials


LNDC1220Integrated Pest Management


LNDC1250Bedding Plant Production


LNDC1271Soil Science


LNDC1300Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants


LNDC2160Sustainable Landscape Design I


LNDC2241Landscape Equipment Operation


LNDC2261Professional Gardening


General Education Required 0 Credits

General Education Elective 0 Credits

Technical Studies Elective 0 Credits

Total Occupational Certificate Credits 29

Semester Sequence

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