Landscape Design Certificate Program

""This program is designed to train students for careers in landscape design and maintenance with municipal and county parks departments, industrial and commercial firms, and residential construction companies.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental skills in landscape design elements, process and techniques.
  • Apply their understanding of sustainable horticultural aspects to the development of landscape design to promote green living environments.
  • Demonstrate basic landscape construction and maintenance skills.
  • Use a variety of computer applications relevant to landscape design, construction, and ornamental horticulture.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for employment as a landscape designer, landscape construction and maintenance professionals, or related field.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Core Courses:

Course ID Title Units
HORT 7 Introduction to Landscape Design 3
HORT 10 Plant Materials – Herbaceous Plants 3
HORT 11 Plant Materials – Trees and Shrubs 3
HORT 106 Landscape CADD 3
HORT 109 Introduction to Planting Design 3
HORT 116 Irrigation Systems 3
HORT 130 Hardscape and Construction Materials 3
Select one course from each Group 2.5-7
Total 23.5-28

Group I:

Course ID Title Units
CWE 180*† Cooperative Work Experience: Horticulture 1
HORT 20 Introduction to Horticulture Science 4
HORT 113 Soils and Fertilizers 3
HORT 166 Ornamental Native Plants 1.5

Group II:

Course ID Title Units
HORT 115 History of Landscape Design 3
HORT 201* Professional Practices of Residential Landscape Design 3
HORT 216* Advanced Irrigation Design 3

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.
†CWE 180* should be taken after completing at least 9 units of the Landscape Design Certificate Program.


Associate Degree

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.

Suggested coursework not required for the major: BUS 1, 120, 137; HORT 113, 115; SPAN 1.