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Online Landscaping Training Program Details

Penn Foster Career School’s online Landscaping Technology program consists of seven units of study to help you gain the knowledge and skills relevant to the field of landscaping technology. Landscaping classes will cover landscape ecology, plants, and design, as well as landscape construction, installation, and maintenance.

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.

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

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.

Objectives:

  • 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.
Get an introduction to the landscaping profession.

Objectives:

  • 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.

In this course, you'll be introduced to the landscaping profession, covering the basic skills of landscaping: design, installation, and maintenance. You’ll learn the methods of landscaping for lawns and nurseries, as well as bed installation, retaining walls, and chemical application. You’ll master the skills needed to recognize and solve common problems of trees, shrubs, beds, and lawns, as well as recognize the elements of commercial and residential landscape design. You’ll also learn about creating environmentally friendly landscapes.

Objectives:

  • 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.
Graded Project

As a professional landscaper, you'll be required to evaluate specific locations for possible planting sites. In this graded project, you'll practice real-world skills needed to evaluate planting locations.

Additional Course Materials

Textbook: Horticulture Today

This course provides an overview of garden ecology. First, you'll explore how plants are classified and named. You'll also learn about the different parts of a plant, as well as how they grow and reproduce. Then, you'll learn about all the different environmental factors that contribute to a plant's growth, which includes light, temperature, the soil, and access to nutrients. Finally, you'll discover all the different ways you can propagate plants.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Trees and shrubs are amazing living things that are often taken for granted. As a landscape professional, you’ll see trees and shrubs differently. You’ll not only know the differences among species but also appreciate minor differences in the overall form and habit of individual plants. Learning the general morphological (form and structure) characteristics and cultural requirements of a plant family or genus will allow you to learn about more plants in a shorter time.

Objectives:

  • 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

Textbooks: 

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

This course serves as a thorough introduction to the phases of the landscape design process. You'll learn how landscape designers attract and conduct business, as well as survey sites and design garden plans. You'll explore the various functional elements for the modern garden and how to combine them with the elements and principles of design to create an inviting outdoor space. Water-wise gardening and interior plantscaping are also discussed.

Objectives:

  • 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.
Graded Project

As a professional landscaper, you'll be required to evaluate specific locations for possible planting sites. In this graded project, you'll practice real-world skills needed to evaluate planting locations.

Additional Course Materials

Textbook: The Essential Garden Design Workbook

This course, Landscape Construction, Installation, and Maintenance, covers a range of topics. First, you'll review the processes involved in the installation and maintenance of landscapes before learning about turfgrass management. Then, the focus shifts to addressing pests. You'll learn how to create an integrated pest management plan that addresses insects, weeds, and other pests. You'll also learn how to prevent and combat plant disease and use pesticides in a safe manner.

Objectives:

  • 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.

This course on starting and running a landscaping business explores the basics of setting up a business. First, you'll observe the different forms of business ownership, the business opportunities in landscaping, the basics of business plans, how to make cost and price estimates, effective methods of writing business plans, and the methods of keeping business records. You'll gain the basic information needed to set up a landscaping business.

Objectives:

  • 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.

Additional Details

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 in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

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Sample Landscape Technology Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a Landscape Technology course would look like.
Sample Landscape Technology Lesson
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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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