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Horticulture Technician

31-001-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 34 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

If you yearn to grow things and enjoy working with your hands, this could be a good career choice for you. Gain the knowledge and skills to enter the field of horticulture and landscaping. You will learn to identify plants, design landscapes, manage pests and nurture plants. The program also includes planting and pruning, soils and fertilizers, turf management, equipment maintenance and operations, and business operations. You will be able to create and maintain beautiful environments for businesses and home owners.


Occupational Specific (28 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Introduction to Horticulture
Provides an overview of the horticulture profession, including its role and importance throughout history. Current trends and career opportunities will be covered. Particular attention is given to horticulture crops, plant classification, their use, and the interrelationships between the environment, plant growth and plant development.
Horticulture Soils
Explores the properties of soils and applies them to horticultural uses as a growing medium and as an engineering base for landscaping.
Ornamental Plant Health Care
Emphasizes identification of and control of insects and diseases, with a focus on plant health care and maintenance. An integrated pest management approach in diagnosing pest problems and the control of pests using biological culture, physical and chemical applications will be included. Calibrations, laws, regulations, safety and ecological impact are also covered. Training and testing for the Wisconsin commercial pesticide Applicator Exam Category 3.0 Landscape and Turf is part of this course.
Equipment Operation, Horticulture
Teaches students how to operate a variety of landscape equipment. Hands-on training will require the students to acquire an understanding of the safe operation of equipment. Focus will be on pre-operation, operation, and post-operation procedures and skills.
Woody Ornamental Plant ID
Explains plant classification and identification techniques. Students will utilize these techniques to properly name and identify commonly used deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. Culture and care will also be discussed.
Landscape Plants, Maintenance of
Studies the maintenance and care of woody plants, including evergreens, vines, garden flowers, bulbs and nursery stock. Discusses pruning, training, fertilizing, watering, planting, physical and chemical control of plant growth, transplanting, winterizing, weed control and production.
Interiorscaping & Greenhouse Mgmt
Studies the identification, characteristics and physical requirements of interior plants. Also studies the operation of a greenhouse to include growing, soils, pest control, and basic procedures for operating and maintaining a greenhouse.
Turf Mgmt & Irrigation Systems
Studies the overall basics of lawn (turf) applications including soils, grading, Wisconsin grasses and maintenance. Students will develop an understanding of the design, operation and maintenance of irrigation systems.
Survey of Herbaceous Plants
Studies commonly used annual, bulb and perennial herbaceous plants, with an emphasis on their use in the landscape, culture and care.
Landscape Design Fundamentals 1
Focuses on developing a residential landscape plan using such outdoor room concepts as function, design principles and composition. The course also includes drafting, site analysis and graphics.

Occupational Supportive (6 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Small Business, Introduction to
An introduction for individuals who are interested in operating or working in a small business. Studies forms of ownership, personnel practices, motivation, effective communication and business planning for success.
Communication, Applied
Focuses on technical vocabulary, business writing, job search strategies, interpersonal communication and oral presentation skills through individual and group activities. It is recommended that the student have basic computer skills, an ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and an ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 83 or greater or completion of equivalent Program Prep courses. Personal/professional development students who have not taken the ACCUPLACER test need to consult with their instructor during the first class.
Math for the Trades
Focuses on the math skills needed for various trades. Topics include arithmetic fundamentals, percent and proportion applications, the metric system, conversions, practical geometry, measurement applications, signed numbers and formula evaluation. Micrometer, equation solving and standard rule measurement units are included as needed. Scientific calculator use is introduced as needed.

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