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Landscape and Turf Management

 Horticulture Student with Plant  

Length 900 Hours
Admissions Contact Nancy Stevens -
Course Information J. Wildey -727-893-2500 ext. 2551
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Mission:  The mission of this program is to prepare persons for gainful employment and use of best management practices in the various fields of horticulture and to upgrade the skills and knowledge for those already employed.


Program A200100 consists of a planned sequence of courses.

Nursery Workers - Course ORH0862 (300 hours) – This course builds the students’ foundation knowledge to work in the horticulture industry. It focuses on the building of basic knowledge of plants, how they grow, function, and their benefits. This course includes classroom, inside, and outside lab experiences.  Course content includes:  emerging technologies in the horticulture industry; plant propagation; Best Management Practices for addressing plant problems, plant growth, and environmental stewardship; integrated pest management; using and applying fertilizers correctly; the use, maintenance, and planning of irrigation; pruning; plant classification and identification; safety practices in the workplace; safe use and maintenance of tools and equipment; harvesting, transporting, and installing plant materials; the use of plants in design using Florida Friendly Principles; and employability skills.


Landscaping and Groundskeeping – Course ORH0802 (450 hours) – This course continues to elevate student knowledge from the basics of how plants work toward getting plants to work for the landscape. The course focuses on building the students ability to diagnose and make decisions about how best to install and maintain a landscape project. Course content includes:  tool and equipment maintenance; chemical application and calibration of spray equipment; plant and turfgrass classification; fertilization skills; plant and turf irrigation; landscape and interiorscape design layout, installation, and maintenance; customer relations and follow-up procedures.


Landscape and Groundskeeping Supervisors – Course ORH0803 (150 hours) – This course prepares students to understand the business side of running a landscape services company. It focuses on how to bid and contract a variety of landscape services and relates project completion to the cost of the project for profit analysis and company growth. Course content includes:  landscape analysis and design; estimate and contract preparation, and bid presentation; landscape and turf layout and installation; conducting a final walk-though of landscape projects; tool and equipment maintenance related to long term costs of tool replacement; identifying components of athletic fields and their maintenance; developing recreational areas; maintaining sports turf; and establishing, tending, and rejuvenating turfgrass.

Distance Education:  This optional blended program is a combination of online learning, and on-campus classroom and lab activities.  Students attend the on-campus portion of the program three days a week. The other two days, students are required to complete ten (10) hours a week of online coursework for full credit of the two designated distance education days.  Students will access the online curriculum through our school’s current learning management system (LMS).  For additional information go to the 'Online Programs and Courses' page.


Articulation Agreement(s):  Statewide Golf Course Operations, A.A.S./A.S. Degree

Statewide Landscape and Horticulture Technology, A.A.S./A.S. Degree
Statewide Industry Certification - Certified Horticulture Professional to Landscape and Horticulture Technology, A.A.S./A.S. Degree

Industry Certification(s):  Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) - Certified Horticulture Professional

Graduates are eligible to take the FNGLA Certified Landscape Technician and Certified Landscape Maintenance Technician exams. After three years of industry experience, graduates are eligible to take the Florida Certified Landscape Designer (FCLD) and the Florida Certified Landscape Contractor (FCLC) exams.

Services Available:  The Landscape and Turf Management program has a limited selection of plants for sale to the general public during the school year.  Email to be placed on our email notification list or call (727) 893-2500, extension 2551 to find out the date and time of the next scheduled sale. 

Extended Day (Evenings and Weekends):  Check our website – – for specific dates and times.

FNGLA Courses:

  • Certified Horticulture Professional

  • Certified Landscape Technician

  • Certified Landscape Designer

  • Certified Landscape Contractor 

Additional Certification:

  • ISA – International Society of Arboriculture Certification 

Seminars and classes are also offered for continuing education units (CEUs) in several green industry areas of certification including pest management, arborist, and all FNGLA certifications. 

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Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement:  70%

Minimum Attendance Requirement:  70%

Basic Skills Entrance/Exit Requirements:  Student's competency in reading, math, and language is pre-assessed using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).  Required basic skills grade levels are: Reading-9, Math-9, and Language-9.

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