Function, beauty and sustainability converge in the field of horticulture. Well-designed and maintained landscapes not only make for a nice view, but they are also crucial to sustaining a healthy environment and preserving precious resources. If you like working with plants and gardens, enjoy a design challenge, or have a passion for preserving and sustaining the environment, OCC Career Advantage’s Horticulture program is for you.

OCC Horticulture programs will prepare you for a career in landscape design, landscape construction and maintenance, and/or sustainable landscape design and retrofitting. You can also gain the education you need to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a related field if that is your goal. Take the first step forward in your career designing, building and maintaining attractive, healthy outdoor spaces – read on to learn about our degree and certificate programs.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Botany for Gardeners
Knowing Your Soils
Ornamental Trees

Landscape Graphics
Cacti and Succulents
Interior Plantscaping

Did you know?

This program can lead to jobs such as Nursery and Greenhouse Manager, Landscape Designer, Commercial Landscape Company Operations Manager and more, with national average salaries beginning at $42,800.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in horticulture.

Build upon your skills if you’re already employed in the field. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare for a position in the California horticulture and landscape contracting industries, in the areas of nursery practice, production and sales, arboriculture, interior plantscaping, landscape construction and maintenance. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Prepare for an entry-level position in the field of professional residential landscape design. Learn about grading, drainage, materials, structures, lighting and other complex components that require a deeper knowledge base. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for a position at the basic or entry level in grounds maintenance or as a park worker, gardener, or landscape designer through this one-year program. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for a career in the field of landscape design/build. Learn design, construction, history, basic horticulture — topics that provide foundational training toward becoming a licensed landscape contractor and related specialties. View program detail in course catalog.

Gain the design/build knowledge and skills you need to solve landscape challenges with solutions that provide basic human comfort and livability. Prepare for a job in the landscape field or build on the skills you use in your job as a landscaper, florist/nursery grower, architect or contractor. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare to launch your own landscaping business or for a position at a small business in the landscape industry. This program builds on your industry education in landscape design and construction and expands your education in entrepreneurship and small-business management. It also prepares you for the California State License Board exam. View program detail in course catalog.

Gain an entry-level working knowledge of the skills and resources you need to design various sustainable landscapes. This program is for you if you are interested in transforming the landscape into a water-wise sustainable garden. View program detail in course catalog.

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Horticulture Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program prepares you for a position in the California horticulture and landscape contracting industries, in the areas of nursery practice, production and sales, arboriculture, interior plantscaping, landscape construction and maintenance. View program detail in course catalog.


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers courses on evenings and weekends. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes. For tips on how to navigate this tool click here.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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