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Residential Landscape Design


Residential Landscape Design

Enhance your earnings and marketability by adding this certificate to your training portfolio. This program will introduce the theory and concepts of successful landscape design for residential properties while teaching you the critical aspects of design necessary to prepare a basic residential landscape plan. A class field trip to a commercial nursery is included.


More Information and Registration


High school diploma or equivalent, completion of our Basic Skills Assessment and submission of the Program Application. Working knowledge of computers and access to a computer and the Internet are required.

The Basic Skills Assessment and Program Application are located online. The instructions are here. You will be directed to the program application after completing the skills assessment.

What You’ll Learn
  • Study of the Element of Design
    • Color and texture
    • Form and scale
    • Relationships to the sun (sun/shade)
    • Plant sizes at installation and later at maturity
  • The business side of design
  • Maintenance issues with residential landscapes (turf grasses, diseases and bug)
  • Bed and soil preparation
  • Irrigation and lighting
  • Hardscapes (walk ways, patios and ponds)
  • Construction methods
Acquire Critical Training Skills
  • Perform a needs analysis of the residential landscape opportunity.
  • Select appropriate plant material for design implementation.
  • Create a design that represents the goals of the homeowner, is aesthetically pleasing and includes the elements of good design principles.
Learn from an Expert

Instructor John Barry has completed more than 18,000 design plans since launching his own career as a landscape architect in 1977.

Who Should Enroll
  • Landscapers
  • Homeowners
  • Nursery professionals
  • Horticulture professionals
  • Master Gardeners
Financing Options
  • Interest-free payment plans available on a case-by-case basis
  • VA Education Benefits
  • WIOA funding
  • Continuing education loans
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Occupational Trends
14% Growth

— Employment of landscape architects is expected to grow by 14% through 2022.

$68,570 Salary

— Landscape architects earn an annual average salary of $68,570.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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