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Environmental Horticulture and Sustainable Agribusiness Certificate


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The certificate program is designed for persons interested in pursuing a new career as well as for green industry employees seeking additional professional  development. Graduates will be prepared for employment opportunities in sustainable landscape operations, public and private gardens, landscape design and construction, grounds management, turf management, nurseries, environmental and stormwater management or apply earned credits toward an AAS in landscape technology. Special courses in the curriculum focus sustainable and organic food production and environmental management and sustainability.

This curriculum provides training with entry level skills, upgrading of existing skills, and preparation for further training in the areas of horticulture, food production, and environmental management. Special topic courses in the curriculum focus sustainable and organic food production and environmental management and sustainability.

Selected courses have been approved by the Maryland Department of Agriculture to prepare horticultural professionals for pesticide application certification in Category III (Turf and Ornamentals), Category V (Aquatic), and Category VI (Right of Way and Weed). For more information, contact the Landscape Technology advisor.

Upon completion of the certificate students will be eligible to earn the Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) certificate from the Maryland Nursery, Landscape, Greenhouse Association (MNLGA).

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Design, draft, and implement landscape plans.
  • Install, construct, and maintain landscapes.
  • Identify common plants in Maryland landscapes.

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track. The program advising guide outlines the certificate requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Career opportunities include landscape a rchitect, nursery and greenhouse manager, landscaping and grounds keeping workers, tree trimmer and pruner, and nursery worker.

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
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