Career Certificate

Prune and climb in a green business

Trees provide shade and beauty. They remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help offset climate change. As they are pruned or harvested, trees have a second life in wood products, mulch or compost.

Who cares for the trees? You do—when you become an arborist, urban forester or natural areas manager. An arboriculture certificate takes 12 months to complete.

Gain the skills local employers use in arboriculture, including:

  • tree pruning
  • tree climbing
  • evaluation of tree health, diseases and pests

What can you do with an Arboriculture certificate in Horticulture?

Arboriculture and forestry management both involve caring for the health and functional well-being of trees. Coursework prepares you to work in a range of tree care industry careers—starting at entry level while you gain experience for more responsibility.

  • arborist
  • tree care technician or supervisor
  • natural areas management technician
  • urban forestry technician or supervisor
  • arboriculture technician


  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

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  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1 Year

    Full-time students finish in 1 year.

Career Outlook

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    HRT 121 3
    HRT 125 3
    HRT 126 3
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HRT 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HRT 125
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HRT 126
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    HRT 129 3
    HRT 162 3
    HRT 265 3
    • Course Code HRT 129
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HRT 162
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HRT 265
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


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Horticulture at CLC

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An arboriculture certificate is just one possible way to study horticulture. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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