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Online Landscaping Course

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Program Overview

Combine your love of nature with your creative skills and learn to design beautiful outdoor spaces with Penn Foster Career School’s Landscaping Technology Online Career Diploma Program. You'll cover everything from pest management and how to choose plants for your landscape to the proper tools and techniques to create and maintain an attractive and sustainable landscape. Landscaper technicians can be found working for a landscape design firm, a building’s grounds crew, or running their own business. With Penn Foster Career School, you train at home and at a pace that's right for you, and you can complete this program in as little as four months!

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The Landscaping Technology Career Diploma program prepares students for an entry-level position in the field of landscape technology.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to confer with clients, engineers, and building architects to understand a project
  • Demonstrate understanding of preparing site plans, specifications, and cost estimates
  • Identify how to coordinate the arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures
  • Prepare graphic representations of proposed plans
  • Recognize how to select appropriate materials for use in landscape designs
  • Identify how to analyze environmental reports on land conditions, such as drainage and energy usage
  • Understand how to inspect landscape work to ensure that it adheres to original plans
  • Identify how to seek new work through marketing or by giving presentations

Course 1

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
BCT100 Introduction to Landscaping

Get an introduction to the landscaping profession.


  • Understand where landscape technology fits in the larger sphere of landscaping.
  • Describe key concepts and benefits of sustainable landscapes.
  • Identify employment and business opportunities in landscaping technology.
  • Understand psychological and physical abilities required for a successful career in ornamental landscaping.

Course 2

BCT015 Ornamental Horticulture

The landscape industry is just one of many specialty trades that make up the larger and more diverse field of ornamental horticulture. In addition to the landscape industry, which encompasses the design, installation, and maintenance of landscapes and gardens, the field of ornamental horticulture includes the growers who supply the landscape and floral trades, the researchers who breed new varieties of plants, and the wholesale and retail operators who connect products of the trade to its customers.


  • Discuss historical aspects of ornamental horticulture and garden design and the influences that have shaped gardens.
  • Identify the individual crafts that make up the broader field of ornamental horticulture.
  • Describe the opportunities for employment in the professions of ornamental horticulture. 
  • Identify the qualifications for employment in each area of ornamental horticulture. 
  • Discuss the psychological and physical abilities required for a successful career in ornamental horticulture.
  • Describe the relationships among the professions of ornamental horticulture.
  • Outline reasons for the growing interest and demand in sustainable landscapes.
  • Identify the key concepts and benefits of sustainable landscapes.
  • Discuss business opportunities in sustainable landscapes.
Project 1: Research

The purpose of this project is for you to gain further insight into the landscape industry and potential career opportunities. Research landscape businesses and conduct an informational interview with a local landscape professional. Write a report on your findings.

Additional Course Materials

Textbook: Ornamental Horticulture

Course 3

BCT017 Garden Ecology

Ecology is the term used to describe the scientific study of the relationships that occur among living organisms and between living organisms and their environment. This course presents the concepts of garden ecology and examines both the living and nonliving natural components that form the framework of gardens and the larger landscape.


  • Understand the important roles plants play in the Earth’s ecosystem.
  • Describe the process and importance of photosynthesis.
  • Describe the components of soil and the environmental factors that affect plant growth.
  • Understand the principles of pest control and integrated pest management.
Additional Course Materials


  • Ecology for Gardeners
  • Gardener's Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control

Course 4

BCT018 Landscape Plants

In this course, you’ll learn general identification of plants and how to choose plants for your landscape.


  • Use plant hardiness zones and zone maps.
  • Identify sunlight, moisture, and soil requirements for specific plants.
  • Identify invasive plant species and their characteristics.
  • Describe what makes specific plants desirable for use in the landscape.
Additional Course Materials


  • The Sibley Guide to Trees
  • The Homeowner's Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook

Course 5

BCT025 Landscape and Garden Design

Landscape design is one area of specialization within the diverse field of landscape technology. This course will introduce the basic concepts of landscape design and present a step-by-step approach to creating a landscape design/plan.


  • Conduct a site and client-needs assessment.
  • Create a base map and preliminary design for a project.
  • Use design principles to create a landscape.
  • Select plants and hardscape elements for a landscape design.
  • Understand the typical functions of residential and commercial landscapes.
Project 2: Develop a Landscape Plan

Practice what you’ve learned about landscape design. Use the provided information to perform a site and client assessment. Then create at least two concept plans for the requested landscape design.

Additional Course Materials

Textbook: Designing the Landscape

Course 6

BCT028 Landscape Construction, Installation, and Maintenance

Once you’ve completed the creative process of designing the landscape on paper, it’s time to construct and install the design. This course teaches the proper tools and techniques to create and maintain an attractive and sustainable landscape.


  • Construct hardscape and structural elements in the landscape.
  • Install irrigation and lighting systems.
  • Plant, prune, and maintain landscape plants including trees, shrubs, groundcovers, bedding plants, and bulbs.
  • Select and sustain a suitable and healthy lawn.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: The Complete Guide to Landscape Projects

Course 7

BCT035 Your Landscaping Business

In this last course of your program, you’ll be introduced to the many facets of starting and running your own landscape business. 


  • Identify legal forms and necessary insurance coverage to establish a business.
  • Determine the physical capital needed for a landscape business.
  • Know where to find financial assistance in start-up costs for a business.
  • Keep good records, manage cash flow, and calculate profits.
  • Hire and retain quality employees.
  • Calculate and then present bid numbers to a customer in a well-written contract.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

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Sample Lesson

To view a Landscaping Technology sample lesson, click here.

Landscaping Technology Program Details

In the Penn Foster Career School Landscaping Technology online training course you'll cover topics such as:

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online landscaping technology design

Landscapers create gardens and yard arrangements, serve as groundskeepers for commercial properties, and manage pest and plant control. Here are a few qualities that successful landscapers have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Creative: Designing and maintaining landscapes often requires you to think imaginatively.
  • Persistent: You work until the job is done and done well.
  • Dependable: Clients and employers rely on you to arrive on time and always finish the job.

I am reaching my goals, thanks to the (Landscaping Technology) program from Penn Foster. I have had four job offers with this diploma and am going to open my own business. I recommend this program to anyone who loves Landscaping and Gardening. I have learned so much from this program. Penn Foster is great. They take the time to explain anything you need help with and they give you encouragement to do your best and praise your accomplishments.

- Donna H., Landscaping Technology Graduate

I graduated from the Carpenter, Home Inspector, Electrician, HVAC Technician, Plumber, and Landscaping Technology Programs. They are all excellent programs! Penn Foster programs are great!

- Alfred P., Landscaping Technology Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Landscaping Technology academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does Penn Foster Career School’s Landscaping Technology Career Diploma Program provide any information on starting a landscaping business?

Yes. In the last course of the program, the student is introduced to the many facets of starting and running their own landscape business, including a final project in which the student develops a business plan for a small landscape business.

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