Online Landscaping Technology Courses

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Program Overview

Combine your love of nature with your creative skills and learn to design beautiful outdoor spaces with ICS Canada’s online Landscaping Technology Career Diploma Program. Your program will cover everything from pest management and how to choose plants for your landscape to the proper tools and techniques to create and maintain an attractive and sustainable landscape. Landscaping technicians can be found working for a landscape design firm, a building’s grounds crew, or running their own business.

With ICS Canada, you train at home and at a pace that's right for you, and you can complete this program in as little as nine months!

Curriculum Details

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

Course 1

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
BCT100 Introduction to Landscaping

In this course, you'll be introduced to the landscaping profession, covering the basic skills of landscaping: design, installation, and maintenance. You’ll learn the methods of landscaping for lawns and nurseries, as well as bed installation, retaining walls, and chemical application. You’ll master the skills needed to recognize and solve common problems of trees, shrubs, beds, and lawns, as well as recognize the elements of commercial and residential landscape design. You’ll also learn about creating environmentally friendly landscapes.


  • Understand where landscape technology fits in the larger sphere of landscaping.
  • Describe key concepts and benefits of sustainable landscapes.
  • Identify employment and business opportunities in landscaping technology.
  • Understand psychological and physical abilities required for a successful career in ornamental landscaping.

Course 2

BCT015 The Landscaping and Horticulture Industry

In this course, you'll get an overview of the horticulture industry and the different types of career opportunities the industry offers. You'll explore different plant sciences like the fields of botany, agronomy, and forestry, and how to embark on a horticulture career. You'll also learn about preventing injuries by making sure you're being safe and using tools and equipment effectively and appropriately.


  • Discuss historical aspects of ornamental horticulture and garden design and the influences that have shaped gardens.
  • Identify the individual crafts that make up the broader field of ornamental horticulture.
  • Describe the opportunities for employment in the professions of ornamental horticulture. 
  • Identify the qualifications for employment in each area of ornamental horticulture. 
  • Discuss the psychological and physical abilities required for a successful career in ornamental horticulture.
  • Describe the relationships among the professions of ornamental horticulture.
  • Outline reasons for the growing interest and demand in sustainable landscapes.
  • Identify the key concepts and benefits of sustainable landscapes.
  • Discuss business opportunities in sustainable landscapes.
Graded Project

As a professional landscaper, you'll be required to evaluate specific locations for possible planting sites. In this graded project, you'll practice real-world skills needed to evaluate planting locations.

Additional Course Materials

Textbook: Horticulture Today

Course 3

BCT017 Garden Ecology

This course provides an overview of garden ecology. First, you'll explore how plants are classified and named. You'll also learn about the different parts of a plant, as well as how they grow and reproduce. Then, you'll learn about all the different environmental factors that contribute to a plant's growth, which includes light, temperature, the soil, and access to nutrients. Finally, you'll discover all the different ways you can propagate plants.


  • Understand the important roles plants play in the Earth’s ecosystem.
  • Describe the process and importance of photosynthesis.
  • Describe the components of soil and the environmental factors that affect plant growth.
  • Understand the principles of pest control and integrated pest management.
Additional Course Materials


  • Ecology for Gardeners
  • Gardener's Guide to Common-Sense Pest Control

Course 4

BCT018 Landscape Plants

Trees and shrubs are amazing living things that are often taken for granted. As a landscape professional, you’ll see trees and shrubs differently. You’ll not only know the differences among species but also appreciate minor differences in the overall form and habit of individual plants. Learning the general morphological (form and structure) characteristics and cultural requirements of a plant family or genus will allow you to learn about more plants in a shorter time.


  • Use plant hardiness zones and zone maps.
  • Identify sunlight, moisture, and soil requirements for specific plants.
  • Identify invasive plant species and their characteristics.
  • Describe what makes specific plants desirable for use in the landscape.
Additional Course Materials


  • The Sibley Guide to Trees
  • The Homeowner's Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook

Course 5

BCT025 Landscape and Garden Design

This course serves as a thorough introduction to the phases of the landscape design process. You'll learn how landscape designers attract and conduct business, as well as survey sites and design garden plans. You'll explore the various functional elements for the modern garden and how to combine them with the elements and principles of design to create an inviting outdoor space. Water-wise gardening and interior plantscaping are also discussed.


  • Conduct a site and client-needs assessment.
  • Create a base map and preliminary design for a project.
  • Use design principles to create a landscape.
  • Select plants and hardscape elements for a landscape design.
  • Understand the typical functions of residential and commercial landscapes.
Graded Project

As a professional landscaper, you'll be required to evaluate specific locations for possible planting sites. In this graded project, you'll practice real-world skills needed to evaluate planting locations.

Additional Course Materials

Textbook: The Essential Garden Design Workbook

Course 6

BCT028 Landscape Construction, Installation, and Maintenance

This course, Landscape Construction, Installation, and Maintenance, covers a range of topics. First, you'll review the processes involved in the installation and maintenance of landscapes before learning about turfgrass management. Then, the focus shifts to addressing pests. You'll learn how to create an integrated pest management plan that addresses insects, weeds, and other pests. You'll also learn how to prevent and combat plant disease and use pesticides in a safe manner.


  • Construct hardscape and structural elements in the landscape.
  • Install irrigation and lighting systems.
  • Plant, prune, and maintain landscape plants including trees, shrubs, groundcovers, bedding plants, and bulbs.
  • Select and sustain a suitable and healthy lawn.
Additional Course Material

Textbook: The Complete Guide to Landscape Projects

Course 7

BCT035 Starting and Running Your Landscaping Business

This course on starting and running a landscaping business explores the basics of setting up a business. First, you'll observe the different forms of business ownership, the business opportunities in landscaping, the basics of business plans, how to make cost and price estimates, effective methods of writing business plans, and the methods of keeping business records. You'll gain the basic information needed to set up a landscaping business.


  • Identify legal forms and necessary insurance coverage to establish a business.
  • Determine the physical capital needed for a landscape business.
  • Know where to find financial assistance in start-up costs for a business.
  • Keep good records, manage cash flow, and calculate profits.
  • Hire and retain quality employees.
  • Calculate and then present bid numbers to a customer in a well-written contract.
Project 3: Developing a Business Plan

For this final project of your Landscaping Technology Program, develop a business plan for a small landscape business—perhaps your own! Use the forms and information in your textbooks to guide you through the process.

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your coursework.
To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instruction.

Sample Lesson

To view a Landscaping Technology sample lesson, click here.

Landscaping Technology Courses Details

In ICS Canada’s Landscaping Technology online courses you'll cover topics such as:

  • Garden ecology and landscape plants
  • Landscape and garden design
  • Landscape construction, installation, and maintenance
  • Starting and running your landscape business
Online landscaping technology design course

Landscapers create gardens and yard arrangements, serve as groundskeepers for commercial properties, and manage pest and plant control. Here are a few qualities that successful landscapers have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Creative: Designing and maintaining landscapes often requires you to think imaginatively.
  • Persistent: You work until the job is done and done well.
  • Dependable: Clients and employers rely on you to arrive on time and always finish the job.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does ICS Canada’s Landscaping Technology Career Diploma Program provide any information on starting a landscaping business?

Yes. In the last course of the program, the student is introduced to the many facets of starting and running their own landscape business.

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