Landscaping Technology

Program Outline

Instruction Sets
Your Landscaper Program consists of courses designed to take you step-by-step through the knowledge and skills you'll use in your new career.

Here's how it works
You receive the first course as soon as your enrollment has been accepted, and other courses will follow as you complete your exams.

Computer Specifications
You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®- based computer running Windows® XP or later (Mac OS X® or later) and high-speed Internet in order to complete your program with Penn Foster.

Here is an overview of what you'll learn and the order in which you'll access your lessons:

Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages; access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers; and connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

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

BCT015: Introduction to the Landscape Industry
This course serves as an introduction to the landscaping profession. Topics include potential careers within the landscaping field, the history of landscape and garden design, current design trends, and the move toward sustainable landscapes. Students will complete a project at the conclusion of the course.

Textbooks:           Ornamental Horticulture
                                How to Start a Home-Based
                                Landscaping Business

BCT017: Garden Ecology
Garden Ecology discusses the interrelationship between organisms in the soil and plants in the landscape. Topics include the fundamentals of plant and soil science, plant injuries, and pest management.

Textbooks:           Ecology for Gardeners
                                Ortho’s Home Gardener’s Problem Solver

BCT018: Landscape Plants
Landscape Plants will enable students to identify trees and shrubs by their flowers, twigs, buds, or bark. The course includes a discussion of plants commonly used in modern landscapes.

Textbooks:           The Sibley Guide to Trees
                                The Homeowner’s Complete
                                Tree & Shrub Handbook

BCT025: Landscape and Garden Design
Landscape and Garden Design covers the practical aspects of the design process — from meeting with clients and creating design plans to unveiling the completed landscape. Topics include design theory, step-by-step design processes, and landscape graphics. Students will complete a project at the conclusion of the course.

Textbook: Designing the Landscape

BCT028: Landscape Construction, Installation, and Maintenance
Landscape Construction, Installation, and Maintenance details basic hardscape construction projects from a DIY standpoint and explains important factors in maintaining the completed design.

Textbook: The Complete Guide to Landscape Construction

BCT035: Starting and Running Your Landscape Business
Starting and Running Your Landscape Business covers all of the necessary aspects of establishing a successful landscaping operation. Topics include creating a business plan, marketing your services, bidding and estimating, landscape mathematics, and customer and employee relations. Students will complete a project at the conclusion of the course.


Online Library and Librarian
Students in Penn Foster Career School have access to an online library for use during their studies. Students can use this library to do the required research in the courses they complete or can use it for general reference and links to valuable resources. The library contains helpful research assistance, articles, databases, books, and Web links. A librarian is available to answer questions on general research-related topics via email and to assist students in research activities during their studies with Penn Foster Career School International.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.