Landscape Design Certification

Take in the view when you’re driving through town and you’re bound to admire the gorgeous flowers in front of the museum, the water feature at the town hall, and the immaculate foliage in the yard down the street.

Landscaping is more than just plants; it’s also knowing about the climate, seasons, water usage, engineering, construction, and development of a particular area. If you’re a Landscaper looking to up your credentials, or someone who’s just starting out in the field, consider earning a landscape design certificate. Here’s what to expect.


There are two types of certificates. The first is a two-year degree offered through many trade schools and community colleges. This degree targets new students in the field looking for preliminary landscape design training.

The second certificate is at the graduate level and typically requires a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite. These programs are aimed towards professionals who already work in landscaping, but want to expand their knowledge or add a credential to their resume.

Typical coursework for either program covers different types of plants, water conservation and use, construction, trends, site preparation, and drafting designs.

Next Step

Your goal is to find a landscape design job. The good news is that a certificate will open doors to jobs with landscape design firms, nurseries, and Landscaping Contractors.

Be sure to use the resources available through your school’s job placement center and scour the internet job boards as well as the local Sunday paper in your search.


Nearly every state requires you to earn certification. Specific requirements vary, but most states require a few years of supervised work experience before allowing you to sit for the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (LARE). Check with the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board in your state for more information.

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