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Landscape, Plant & Turf Technician Overview

CVTC’s Landscape, Plant & Turf Technician is a one-year embedded technical diploma that can lead directly into the Landscape, Plant & Turf Management program. If you enjoy working with your hands and being outdoors, this program is the right choice for you. You will gain an understanding of soils, insects, diseases, and weeds, with a focus on landscaping and turf management. The Landscape, Plant & Turf Technician technical diploma will prepare you for a job in the industry, with a variety of hands on learning activities. Upon completion of this one-year program, you will also receive your Wisconsin Commercial Pesticide Applicator Certification.

Part of a career pathway, the Landscape, Plant & Turf Technician technical diploma credits apply toward the Landscape, Plant & Turf Management associate degree if you choose to continue your education. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

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Career Opportunities


Lawn Technician

Landscape Laborer

Just the Facts

Landscape, Plant & Turf Technician
28 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

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Program Location //
Eau Claire

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   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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Estimated Total:  $6,111

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Landscape, Plant & Turf Technician program.

Turf Management & Irrigation Systems
The course will include nutrient needs, integrated pest management, diagnosis of problems, corrective strategies, irrigation principles, and irrigation implementation.

Pesticide and Fertilizer Applications
Students will learn about 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.

Integrated Plant/Pest Management
The course will provide students with the knowledge and skills 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.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers. Learn more about Career Pathways.

Landscape, Plant & Turf Technician Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Landscape, Plant & Turf Technician professionals make an average starting salary of $21,088.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from EMSI which is an Economic Modeling Software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.


Focus On Student Success

When I was in high school, I worked at a golf course and my dad had a landscape business, so I’ve always been around this grounds keeping work. I went to a university first, but I heard about the CVTC Landscape, Plant and Turf Management program from people talking about it. I came home and took a tour at CVTC and loved the new Energy Education Center. It’s amazing.

Bennett, Landscape, Plant & Turf Management Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Agronomy Management, Associate Degree

Animal Science Management, Associate Degree

Farm Business & Production Management, Technical Diploma

Farm Operation, Technical Diploma

Landscape, Plant & Turf Management, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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