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Horticulture/Landscape Specialist
Program Code: 32-001-2

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Technical Diploma: 2 Years, 65 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible

Career Opportunities

There is an increased demand for Certified Landscape Technicians as this level of skill and range of skill sets are required on public works projects as a result of the Davis-Bacon Act. This fact, alone, will increase employer value and demand for Certified Landscape Technicians. The David-Bacon Act establishes consistent wages and fringe benefits for union and non-union workers on public works projects. Creating an offering that prepares graduates for a certified occupation is anticipated to draw more student interest, position graduates for a higher starting salary and career advancement, and meet the expressed needs of district employers.

According to the Wisconsin Office of Economic Advisors, the Fox Valley Region Projections for 2006-2016 indicate the percent of employment change for 37-3011 Landscape and Groundskeeping Workers will be 14.4 percent, with anticipated average annual openings of 20 new and 20 replacement positions. This is higher than the State of Wisconsin projected change of 11 percent.

Possible positions after graduation include foreman, crew leader, assistant grower, nursery attendant, greenhouse maintenance and sales.

Program Description

The Horticulture/Landscape Specialist two-year technical diploma prepares graduates for the Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) exam. The subjects covered are: hydroponics, irrigation systems, tissue culture lab, diagnostics, propagation, landscape construction, landscape maintenance, organic lawn/land care, sales/marketing, estimating, equipment operation, computer aided design, sustainable practices, greenhouse management/operation, business operations, supervision, and Spanish.

Graduates will find employment with landscape construction, greenhouse, nursery, and grounds maintenance companies.

FVTC currently offers a Horticulture Technician one-year technical diploma that provides graduates with the skills necessary to gain employment as entry-level workers to perform landscape installations and maintenance work on commercial, residential, and recreational properties; and as technicians in garden centers. The proposed Horticulture/Landscape Specialist two-year technical diploma would build upon the one-year technical diploma by including the following training: Hydroponic Growing & Systems; Tissue Culture Propagation; Plant Diagnostics; Plant Propagation; Landscape Design Fundamentals 2; Landscape Estimating; Irrigation Design & Installation; Greenhouse Operation, Management & Control Systems; Sales Principles; Supervision, CAD Drawing (Google Sketch Up VIZ Fundamentals) and Spanish 1.

Program/Plan Admission Requirements
  • Academic counselor meeting
  • Tools are required
  • Department orientation required

Program Outcomes

Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail Jim Beard at (920) 996-2962 or visit the department website at

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.

Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program