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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Landscape, Plant & Turf Technician

Technical Diploma  |  31-001-1

Start Dates: August

Effective: August 2024

First Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

001-116Landscape Plants2Fall only | Program or pre-program studentStudy of annuals, perennials, and roses. Selection, care, and tips to best utilize flowers and foliage plants effectively in their landscape. Groundcovers and vines will be included. Identification of trees and shrubs and their use in the landscape with emphasis on texture, color, bark, flowers, and fruit will be examined. Students will learn proper planting and maintenance practices along with critical pests and diseases that can affect the health of these landscape plants.

001-120Horticulture Soils3Fall only | Program or pre-program studentExplores soil properties, formation, development, and classification in relation to the horticulture industry. Course topics will include horticulture soils uses as a growing medium and as an engineering base for Landscaping.

001-121Intro to Horticulture2Fall only | Program or pre-program studentThis course provides an overview of the horticulture profession. Its role and importance throughout history, current trends, and career opportunities will be covered.

001-122Horticulture Lab1Fall only | Program or pre-program studentParticipants will experience hands on activities related to horticulture crops and their use, plant classification, plant propagation, and the inter-relationships between the environment, plant growth, and plant development.

801-136English Composition 13This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing, and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.

804-134Mathematical Reasoning3All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course may be used as the first of a two part sequence that ends with Quantitative Reasoning as the capstone general education math requirement.


Second Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

001-103Turf Management214 Weeks, Spring only | Program or pre-program studentExamines how to effectively establish and maintain professional lawn/turf. Covers identification and selection of turf grasses, establishment and maintenance practices. The course will include nutrient needs, integrated pest management, diagnosing problems, corrective strategies, irrigation principles and irrigation implementation.

001-108Bus Apps for Green Industry2Winter only | Program or pre-program studentMarketing practices of products and services for the Green Industry ranging from product pricing to distribution of product will be studied. Students will analyze new and established strategies for selling through stores, mail order catalogs and Internet sites. Effective techniques for attracting and keeping customers will be covered.

001-110Integrated Plant/Pest Mgmt21st 8 Weeks, Spring only | Program or pre-program studentThe course will provide students with the knowledge and skill necessary to diagnose plant problems and control strategies in the landscape. Particular attention is given to insects, diseases, weeds and cultural needs of landscape plants.

001-113Pesticide & Fertilizer App314 Weeks, Spring only | Program or pre-program studentThis course focuses on the study and application of pesticides and fertilizers used on horticulture crops. Specific areas of study include chemical classification, mode of action in plants, injury symptoms, resistance in plants and pests, mixing and loading concerns, application methods and concerns, recordkeeping and posting requirements. Students will be required to take the Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification exam as part of this course.

001-125Horticulture Equipmnt & Safety22nd 8 Weeks, Spring only | Program or pre-program studentFocuses on how to maintain and operate a skid steer loader, forklift, til-handlers, turf mowing equipment and general landscape equipment.

801-196Oral/Interpersonal Comm31st 8 WeeksFocuses on developing effective listening techniques and verbal and nonverbal communication skills through oral presentation, group activity, and other projects. The study of self, conflict, and cultural contexts will be explored, as well as their impact on communication.


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Minimum Program Credits Required: 28

2.0 Minimum Program Cumulative GPA Required for Graduation
If a student does not enroll in any courses at CVTC for two or more consecutive semesters, the student will be required to reapply with Admissions. Students must abide by any changes in admission requirements and degree requirements.

Updated: 11/12/2021 9:32 a.m.  |  Printed: 4/21/2024 1:55 p.m.

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