• Landscape Management

    Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Program code: AAS.LANDSCAPEMGMT

    The Landscape Management degree will prepare students for entry-level management positions in the landscaping industry by providing them business, communication and project management skills in addition to a basic understanding of, and hands-on experience with, the activities involved in the installation and maintenance of landscapes.

    Sustainable practices, such as the use of Integrated Pest Management, low water landscapes, and techniques that protect and care for the soil are emphasized throughout the program. Students use industry standard equipment and practices in the care of CCC’s extensive landscape facilities, including an arboretum, water-efficient demonstration garden, large turf areas, and several annual, herbaceous perennial and shrub beds.

    CCC’s landscape program is the only one in Oregon accredited by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), which speaks to its credibility in the industry. Students have the opportunity to compete on the team that attends NALP’s National Collegiate Landscape Competition each year. Also, NALP’s certified technician testing site for Oregon is located on campus, and is used for instructional purposes.

    Landscape Management graduates may be eligible to take NALP’s Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Exterior Ornamental Maintenance test free of charge.

    Students completing the Landscape Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree with a 2.5 GPA or higher are eligible to take the Oregon Landscape Contractors License exam.

    Students may begin this program any term. Following the course offerings in the order listed is not required, but will allow for completion in a two year period.


    Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • demonstrate competency in sustainable landscape maintenance and installation activities, including: safe use of tools and equipment, operation of irrigation systems, pruning and training techniques, turf maintenance, hardscape installation and reading/installing from a design plan;
    • identify common woody and herbaceous plants in the landscape,
    • recognize and evaluate key pests in the landscape and propose solutions based on IPM strategies,
    • use a basic understanding of plant biology and soil science to make sound decisions in the design and maintenance of landscapes,
    • display effective decision making, time management and project management skills in the landscape industry environment;
    • effectively communicate with co-workers and customers through speaking, writing and computer technology;
    • pass the ODA Pesticide Laws & Safety exam, and an applicator exam;
    • pass NALP’s Landscape Industry Certified TechnicianExterior test for Ornamental Maintenance.


    As a graduate of our Landscape program, you will be prepared to work in a supervisory or skilled landscape technician position for a landscape design/build company, estate garden, parks department, tree care company, golf course or as a self-employed installation/maintenance contractor.

    For information contact Horticulture Department, 503-594-3292 or lorettam@clackamas.edu


    Some horticulture classes transfer to Oregon State University as part of a bachelor’s degree. Landscape students planning to continue their studies at a four-year college should consult the Horticulture advisor to obtain the most recent transfer information.

    OSU Transfer courses

    COURSE Credits

    HOR-112 Horticulture Career Exploration 2

    HOR-215 Herbaceous Perennials 3

    HOR-226 Plant Identification/Fall 3

    HOR-227 Plant Identification/Winter 3

    HOR-228 Plant Identification/Spring 3

    *Note: Many of the horticulture courses will also transfer as Lower Division Collegiate (LDC) credits.

    Landscape MANAGEMENT Associate of Applied Science Degree: 1st year

    FALL TERM Credits

    HOR-111 Horticulture Practicum/Fall 2

    HOR-115 Horticulture Safety 1

    HOR-123 Landscape Maintenance 3

    HOR-236 Insect Identification 2

    HOR-226 Plant Identification/Fall 3

    MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I

    or MTH-065 Algebra II (or higher level of math) 3-5

    WINTER TERM Credits

    HOR-131 Tree & Shrub Pruning 3

    HOR-133 Horticulture Practicum/Winter 2

    HOR-216 Integrated Pest Management 3

    HOR-222 Horticultural Computer Applications 2

    HOR-227 Plant Identification/Winter 3

    HOR-229* Introduction to Landscape Design

    or HOR-244* Environmental Landscape Design 3

    SPRING TERM Credits

    BA-285 Human Relations in Business

    or COMM-100 Basic Speech Communication 3-4

    HOR-112 Horticulture Career Exploration 2

    HOR-120 Pesticide Laws & Safety 1

    HOR-140 Soils 3

    HOR-143 Horticulture Practicum/Spring 2

    HOR-228 Plant Identification/Spring 3

    SUMMER TERM Credits

    HOR-281 Horticulture/CWE

    or HOR-280 Horticulture/CWE & HOR-282 Horticulture/CWE 6

    Landscape management Associate of Applied Science Degree: 2nd year

    FALL TERM Credits

    HOR-223 Applied Plant Science 4

    HOR-224 Landscape Installation 3

    HOR-235 Weed Identification 2

    SPN-101 First Year Spanish 4

    — — Landscape Management program electives 3

    WINTER TERM Credits

    BA-119 Project Management Practices 2

    BA-250 Small Business Management 3

    HOR-230 Equipment Operation & Maintenance 2

    HOR-231 Irrigation & Drainage Design 3

    HOR-237 Disease Identification 2

    WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing

    or WR-121 English Composition

    or BA-214 Business Communications 3-4

    SPRING TERM Credits

    HE-252** First Aid/CPR/AED 3

    Choose two from the following:

    HOR-126* Landscape Water Features

    HOR-127* Landscape Lighting

    HOR-128* Landscape Stones & Pavers

    HOR-129* Landscape Decks & Fences 2

    HOR-145 Turf Installation & Maintenance 2

    HOR-215 Herbaceous Perennials 3

    HOR-240 Irrigation & Drainage Practices 3

    Credits required for degree 94-98


    COURSE Credits

    BA-223 Principles of Marketing 4

    HOR-126* Landscape Water Features 1

    or HOR-127* Landscape Lighting 1

    or HOR-128* Landscape Stones & Pavers 1

    or HOR-129* Landscape Decks & Fences 1

    HOR-134 Herb Growing & Gardening 1

    HOR-142 Greenhouse Crops-Bedding Plants 3

    HOR-146 Fruit & Berry Growing 3

    HOR-211 Native Plant Identification 1

    HOR-212 Flower Arranger’s Garden/Fall 2

    HOR-213* Computer-Aided Landscape Design 3

    HOR-220 Plant Propagation/Fall 3

    HOR-225 Arboriculture I 3

    HOR-229* Introduction to Landscape Design 3

    or HOR-244* Environmental Landscape Design 3

    HOR-239 Tree Climber Training 1

    HOR-246 Organic Farming & Gardening 2

    HOR-260 Arboriculture II 3

    HOR-261 Tree Diagnostics 2

    WET-109 Backflow Assembly Operation & Testing 3

    *Offered alternate years

    **Course may be waived with current CPR certification

    Information from the 2016-2017 catalog.

  • Contact our Horticulture Department

    Oregon City - 19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045

    Email us: lorettam@clackamas.edu

    Call us: 503-594-3292