Certificate of Completion in Landscape Specialist

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Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Landscape Specialist program emphasizes the technology of production and management. The program is designed to prepare students to become employed in nurseries or landscape construction and maintenance industry as technicians, supervisors, managers, or owners. In addition the program prepares students for jobs with government agencies or other agencies involved with the technical phases of the Landscape Horticulture industry.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Landscape Specialist (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5073
Total Credits Required
27-30
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Available Online
Yes

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Design and install complete landscapes and irrigation systems using blueprints, specifications, and appropriate landscape equipment.
  2. Apply knowledge of common landscape plants and their use to develop landscape and irrigation plans that meet the environmental, aesthetic and cultural needs of the customer.
  3. Effectively maintain and assess landscapes by synthesizing principles of plant growth and responses to particular soils, climate, sun exposure, water availability, nutrients and pests.
  4. Employ environmentally and socially responsible horticultural practices.
  5. Perform a cost analysis to develop competitive bidding for landscapes.
  6. Synthesize multiple sources of information to assist in decision making relative to landscape business operations (e.g. orders, inventory, scheduling).
  7. Utilize computer software program applications relevant to the field for communication skills, production decisions, business management and cost analysis.
  8. Demonstrate professional behaviors and abide by norms and conventions appropriate to the field.
  9. Employ effective oral, written, and visual communication skills to multiple stakeholders in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner.
  10. Operate equipment adhering to proper safety, ethical, and environmental protocols.
  11. Explain the physical and chemical properties of soil as they relate to pH, water, nutrients and organic matter.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers

$36,650

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

When to Start Taking Classes

It is suggested that you begin taking the courses found in this course sequence starting in a Fall Semester.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGL181 Landscape Construction Techniques Course offered in Fall only RC 3
AGL189 Landscape Design I Course offered in Fall only RC 3
AGS164 Plant Growth and Development RC 4
AGS183 Urban Plant Identification And Use Course offered in Fall only RC 3
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry RC 3
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations Online format only RC 3
AGB130 Establishing And Running An Agribusiness Course offered in Spring only RC 3
AGS260 Soils AGS260 is offered in the Spring only and meets the Natural Sciences area RC 4
AGS268 Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment Course offered in Spring only RC 4

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGL181 Landscape Construction Techniques Course offered in Fall only RC 3
AGL189 Landscape Design I Course offered in Fall only RC 3
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGS164 Plant Growth and Development RC 4
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry RC 3

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGS183 Urban Plant Identification And Use Course offered in Fall only RC 3
AGB139 Agribusiness Computer Operations Online format only RC 3

Spring Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGB130 Establishing And Running An Agribusiness Course offered in Spring only RC 3
AGS268 Integrated Pest Management in the Cultivated Environment Course offered in Spring only RC 4

Fall Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AGS260 Soils AGS260 is offered in the Spring only and meets the Natural Sciences area RC 4

Note

Courses in Term 1 are the requirements for the CCL Landscape Aide (5069) which is part of the Landscape Specialist certificate. 

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for each course listed in the Required Courses area.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Landscape Specialist (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=135313).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Landscape Specialist program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2020-2021 (Current)    5/26/2020 – 5/24/2021
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019