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Horticulture-Retail Garden Center Skills Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 10.5
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Term Effective: Fall 1981


The Horticulture: Retail Garden Center Skills Competency Certificate includes an introduction to basic horticulture principles as related to the garden center and nursery industry. It also provides an orientation to the industry and to career options. The program provides a solid foundation of plant knowledge and horticulture workplace, garden center, and computer applications skills to equip students to work effectively in the retail garden center environment. The program emphasizes hands-on learning and most courses incorporate lab activities that apply knowledge and skills in realistic settings.

The Horticulture: Retail Garden Center Skills Competency Certificate is the first level in the Nursery program. Completion of the Horticulture: Retail Garden Skills Competency Certificate fulfills a portion of the Horticulture: Nursery Production Skills Competency Certificate, and a portion of the Horticulture: Nursey Technician Competency Certificate, and a portion of the Horticulture: Nursery Management Career Certificate.

The Horticulture industry, which involves the growing, selling, planting and servicing of plants and landscapes for human environments, is one of the fastest growing industries in America. The landscape industry in California is one of the state's largest industries. University studies have consistently found this dynamic, growing sector represents over $12 billion in sales and 130,000 employees. In addition, designed and maintained landscapes cover more than 1.6 million acres in California.

In Sonoma County the landscape industry has expanded dramatically in the last decade. Retail nurseries and full-service garden centers have seen substantial increases in sales from previous years, and the demand for employees with plant knowledge and nursery skills continues to grow.

For more information see the Agriculture Department website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Horticulture-Retail Garden Center Skills Certificate program are:

  • Complete 10.5 units from
    • Horticulture-Retail Garden Center Skills

Horticulture-Retail Garden Center Skills - complete 10.50 units
AG 90Introduction to Ornamental Horticulture3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.50 units from the following:
CIS 101APersonal Computers for New Users1.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:

Term Effective: Fall 1981

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2005

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Students with extensive horticulture-related workplace experience should consult instructor before enrolling in HORT 65.

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