Landscaping Technology Certificate

Job Outlook & Earnings

Well laid out and maintained landscapes, both around homes and commercial buildings, have become an expectation. Some home owner associations, and most industrial complexes, hire landscapers and maintenance crews to ensure that that gardens, lawns, and even parking lots look nice. Homeowners find they don't have time or knowledge to make the outside of their homes impressive. Because of this, the need for landscapers and grounds maintenance workers is expected to grow about 6% until 2024. The average income in Maryland in 2015 was about $17.11 per hour, or $35,600 per year.

Is This Career Right for You?

Do you like to work outside? Do you like working with plants? Landscapers and grounds maintenance workers plant trees, flowers, and shrubs, and ensure that they are healthy and attractive. Maintenance can also include raking, mulching, and snow removal. Work is mostly outdoors, in all kinds of weather, although some jobs can be seasonal. The work can be repetitive and physically demanding including bending, lifting, and shoveling. Some tasks may require protective or safety gear be worn.

Landscaping Technology Certificate at HCC

Students will gain a basic understanding of plants, soils, water management, and equipment maintenance and repair. They will also learn safety requirements and obtain certification in this area. Besides the required courses, courses are available in design and additional regulations if students are interested.

Required Courses:

  • Introduction to Landscaping, Plant Identification and Soils
  • Introduction to Water Management & Drainage
  • Equipment Maintenance and Repair (Small Engine Repair)
  • OSHA 10 Hour Construction - Federal Certification
  • Introduction to Pest Management
  • Basic Spanish for Landscaping

For more information, please contact:
JeanMarie Lewis,

Employers: Harford Community College offers customized training to meet the needs of your business.

**We can design training for the specific needs of your organization at one of our facilities, or at your location. We are now also a partner with the Maryland WorkSmart program, utilizing the strengths of the Maryland Community College Network. Contact us about what your needs are, and we can develop a training program to support you!**

Any Course. Any Time. Any Location.

Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Grounds Maintenance Workers.