Landscape Contracting

Start Date: 
February 27, 2019 12:00 am
  • School of Agriculture, Plant, and Animal Sciences
  • Type of Degree: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Location: Randolph Center Campus
  • Credit Requirements: 62

The Landscape Contracting program prepares students for a wide range of successful careers in the green industry. Students gain technical, business, creative, and scientific skills necessary to grow a variety of plant crops and to design and manage landscapes that enhance the environment and the daily lives of those who use them.

Specifically, students learn to create comprehensive and holistic landscapes by integrating fundamental design principles and cultural and aesthetic knowledge of ornamental plants and the natural systems that support them.  Students also gain technical skills in materials and methods of construction; site engineering, such as grading and drainage; greenhouse and nursery environmental systems; integrated pest management; and the use of appropriate computer applications. Students will become fluent in design practices such as analyzing a site for the best design fit, taking site measurements and creating base maps, developing conceptual design ideas, and creating planting plans and master plans for real-world residential and community projects.  Students also develop a wide range of horticultural skills, including identifying and propagating woody and herbaceous ornamental plants, diagnosing and creating preventive plans for insect and disease problems, and managing nutrients and water for plant crops.

A student with an Associate of Applied Science in Landscape Contracting will be able to:

  1. Graphic Communication Skills: Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of freehand sketching, board drafting, and presentation graphics for the formulation, exploration, and communication of design ideas
  2. Communication Skills:
    1. Demonstrate a high level of ability to communicate technical and theoretical information through both the written and spoken word
    2. Demonstrate a high-level ability to verbally communicate design ideas effectively to clients and jury
  3. Technical Skills:
    1. Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of the materials and methods of construction
    2. Create plans for the installation, operation, and maintenance of greenhouse and nursery environmental systems
  4. Design Skills:
    1. Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of fundamental design principles, theory, and practice
    2. Perform cost estimates related to design and construction
  5. Horticultural Skills:
    1. Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of the identification of woody ornamental plants
    2. Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of the identification of herbaceous ornamental plants
    3. Explain the concepts and techniques of integrated pest management and use that knowledge to make management recommendations
    4. Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of the propagation and production of herbaceous and woody ornamental plants
    5. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of soils and their properties as they apply to the landscape industry
    6. Demonstrate an appropriate mastery of landscape applications such as plant selection, cultural requirements, cultural practices, and maintenance
  6. Business Skills:
    1. Demonstrate the ability to examine and analyze the practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business
    2. Create contract proposals (short form and long form) that protect the interests of the contract and client
    3. Write solid specifications that lay out the responsibilities of all participating parties
    4. Demonstrate the principles of professional conduct in all aspects of client/customer and employee/employer relations

Some courses are offered every other year.

Careers in the Landscape Industry

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2018. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2017 (December 2018)

Job Projections
Vermont Tech
Job projections

Openings data: The landscape industry hires 300,000 people annually (source: National data: Occupational openings, projected 2016-26 annual average (source: BLS)

Median Pay
Landscape Estimators (avg.)
All Occupations

Median Pay (Landscape Estimator - average) vs. National Median for All occupations (2017), Sources: NALP Foundation Landscape Industry Careers Survey, BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'18
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