Landscaping Design and Business Career Prep

180 Hours / 12 months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

In this course, we will explore the art and business of landscaping, from an understanding of plants and foliage, to principles of design, to technology, to business and management considerations.

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Laurie Gilbreath holds a Master of Arts in Education and has 15 years' experience in K-12, higher education, and continuing education. She has also worked for 10 years as a professional development facilitator and designer and an educational trainer. She has developed courses, training manuals, and educational ebooks in topics ranging from healthcare to business to administration and quality management. In addition to her educational experience, she has worked as a freelance writer and editor for 10 years. Her publications include scholarly articles, training and educational materials, web content, and fiction.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Drawing Instruments, Materials and Tools

In this Lesson, we will become familiar with the tools, materials, and technology for landscape design drawing.

Lesson 2: Site and Process Considerations

In this lesson, we will discuss the various aspects of a site, site analysis, and the process of creating a landscape plan with the client based on the site.

Lesson 3: Plant Selection

In this lesson, we will discuss the origins of plants used in landscapes, explain plant nomenclature, and describe factors in appropriate plant selections.

Lesson 4: Design Principles

In this lesson we will discuss the landscaping design principles and standards by which designs can be created, measured, discussed, and evaluated.

Lesson 5: Flowers

In this lesson we will discuss the desirability and difficulty of incorporating flowers into a landscape design, along with which flowers may be most appropriate for a design.

Lesson 6: Xeriscaping, Hardscaping, and Enrichment

In this lesson, we will discuss the use of xeriscaping to reduce the need for supplemental water, hardscaping to enclose, as a surface, and as an integrated part of the design, and enrichment items as part of a design.

Lesson 7: Technology

In this lesson, we will discuss the use of technology in creating landscape designs, measuring and calculating landscape area and costs, and the computer skills required of the typical landscape designer

Lesson 8:  Pricing and Proposals

In this lesson we will discuss issues relative to pricing a proposed design, such as the difference between cost and price, the difference between an estimate and a bid, and how to prepare a design cost estimate.

Lesson 9: Calculations and Contracts

In this lesson, we will explore calculations for landscape projects, including those needed for landscape take-offs, organization and standardization, and typical required calculations; along with contracts, including the components of a contract, selection of contractors, and the documentation of a contract.

Lesson 10: Human Resources

In this lesson, we will discuss the challenges of staffing and retention in the landscape industry, the venues through which qualified staff can be found, and the characteristics of a qualified landscape worker.

Lesson 11: Plant Installation

In this lesson, we will discuss considerations for plant installation, including climate, light, irrigation needs, and aesthetics.

Lesson 12: Lawn Installation and Construction

In this lesson, we will discuss the methods of constructing a lawn, materials used in lawn construction, and the considerations for selecting and using various lawn designs.

Lesson 13: Irrigation

In this lesson, we will discuss irrigation, water needs, types of irrigation systems, land planes, and the selection of watering and irrigation systems.

Lesson 14: Interiors

In this lesson, we will discuss considerations for garden interior features and the challenges unique to selecting and placing interior plants.

Lesson 15: Water Gardens

In this lesson, we will discuss water gardens and water features, their selection and installation, and the requirements for maintenance and care.

Lesson 16: Maintenance

In this lesson, we will discuss the maintenance requirements necessary for lawns, gardens, and water features, along with the development of maintenance plans.

Lesson 17: Injury and Care

In this lesson, we will discuss plant injury and disease, troubleshooting, and general preventative lawn care.

Lesson 18: Pricing and Safety

In this lesson, we will discuss cost and pricing considerations for landscaping projects along with requirements and considerations for maintaining a safe work site.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**