Landscape contractors, designers and architects, environmental site managers and sustainability specialists gain a better understanding of best practices for sustainable landscaping for both residential and commercial settings. With increasing environmental concerns about the health and productivity of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, federal, state and local agencies are requiring more stringent standards for keeping watershed sites free of pollutants and creating a healthy habitat for terrestrial and aquatic life.
Certificate code: CE.ENV.LANDSCAPE.MGT
What is the job outlook?
Overall employment of grounds maintenance workers is projected to grow 20 percent through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The average annual salary of landscape and grounds workers in Maryland is $25,440.
What is the training?
Training consists of five noncredit courses. Students will learn best practices for sustainable landscaping and how to be more environmentally responsible. Topics will include
• selecting seasonal, native and non-invasive plant species for landscaping;
• improving storm water management through the design and maintenance of rain gardens;
• building soil health and productivity through natural means and
• enhancing wildlife habitats.
Total Hours: 79
What courses will I take?
ENV 508 - Smart Landscape Design for the Environment
ENV 512 - Rain Garden and Environmental Site Design
ENV 513 - Sustainable Landscape Maintenance
HOR 329 - Woody Plants for Landscape Installation
ENV 579 - Soil Management
What credentials can I earn?
Upon successful completion of all five noncredit courses and the capstone exam, students will earn an AACC continuing education certificate. To receive the AACC certificate students must complete and submit the form to our office. The form and instructions can be found at www.aacc.edu/coned/certificates.
What will it cost?
$705 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees
What are the requirements?
Student must be at least 16 years old, have some professional landscape experience or education and have 100 percent attendance.
How do I enroll?
Register online, in person, by fax, mail or touch-tone phone. Use certificate code CE.ENV.LANDSCAPE.MGT. Visit www.aacc.edu/noncredit for details.
For more information contact Pat Barnhart in the office of Continuing and Professional Education at 410-777-2939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.