• Program: Landscape and Horticulture Careers
  • Degree: Occupational Certificate
  • Credits: Total Occupational Certificate Credits 23
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This specialized area of study leads to a certificate in arboriculture. Arboriculture is the study of and care of trees and other landscape woody plants. The students will study plant materials, insects, diseases and environmental problems affecting woody plants of the upper midwest. This course of study will also include courses relating to maintenance practices necessary to insure the health and beauty of woody plants in the landscape. Students will have the opportunity to develop field skills in rope and saddle trimming work.

Career Opportunities

Students completing the arboriculture certificate may be employed in the tree service industry, park systems and ground maintenance businesses.

Award Outcomes:

  • Identify Minnesota native woody plants by botanical/common name.
  • Select plant needs with proper site characteristics.
  • Implement proper planting techniques.
  • Implement proper tree care to potential clients.
  • Identify common urban tree pests.
  • Prescribe treatment for common urban tree pests.
  • Integrate a sustainable approach to landscape installation and maintenance.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 23 Credits
General Education Requirements 0 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 0 Credits

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