It's incredible the changes that have happened in my life because of the Organic Master Gardener Course I signed up for in 2010. I can't even remember what led me to this class and how I found it. I just know that I have found my "calling". THANK YOU GAIA COLLEGE! I am continually learning this art of organic gardening and find I am pushed over the edge with joy whenever I hear someone new wanting to start a small veggie bed! Lorelie Shoesmith 

Sketchup Pro Online

Starting Dates And Registration



In this unique course geared towards landscape applications we introduce a whole new integrated 3-dimensional design and modeling process.

Whether your preferred medium is pen and paper or a conventional 2-dimensional CAD program, the ability to work in 3 dimensions and view your work from all angles will undoubtedly enrich your creative design process. And the fluidity of non-static, 3-dimensional models will empower you to communicate your ideas to landscape decision makers who do not have the designer's ability to mentally project a 2-dimensional drawing into images of a real live landscape.

Here are some of the exciting, cutting edge techniques you will learn in this course:

  • Conventional presentation documents including a full set of 2-dimensional landscape plans
  • Computer-based presentations, slide shows and animations
  • Integration with imported design components, including base maps and construction elements
  • 3-dimensional landscape modeling
  • Terrain modeling
  • Integration with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents
  • Integration with Google maps

Who should consider this course?

  • Landscape designers and architects
  • Permaculturists
  • Farmers
  • Land planners
  • Educators
  • Anybody tired of drafting by hand!

This course is only offered online. It is a prerequisite for our online Ecological Landscape Design course.

This course partially satisfies the requirements for the Gaia College and Royal Roads University Diploma in Organic Land Care.

Humber College students please note: This course is equivalent to the Humber College course "Landscape Graphics with SketchUp Pro" for students completing the Humber College Sustainable Landscape Design Certificate Program.

$ 695.00

Fees include:

  • Comprehensive on-line educational materials
  • Unlimited access to our on-line course resources, community center, including libraries, discussion forums and much more.

Payment Options

By Mail On-line
Cheque drawn on a Canadian bank
Money order in Canadian funds



Please be sure you are familiar with our policies.


There are no academic prerequisites for this course, however students must

  • be proficient in English (written)
  • be comfortable with current computer and internet technology

 This is not an introductory computer skills course, but an introduction to a very sophisticated computer assisted design program. SketchUp Pro is used by professionals world-wide, and a basic knowledge of computer skills will be required.

There are no formal exams in this course, as the emphasis is on developing practical skills.

To receive a Certificate of Completion students must contribute to all on-line discussions and satisfactorily complete all assignments.

  • Students must purchase the current version of the student software license of Sketchup Pro ($49.95).
    Click on this link for instructions.

  • Operating system requirements - unsupported environments (As of September 2013. Please check for most current requirements):

    Windows 2000
    SketchUp 7 and higher takes advantage of User Interface (UI) standards that aren't available in Windows 2000. As such, SketchUp 7 doesn't support Windows 2000.

    Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
    SketchUp 8 and higher no longer support this version of Mac OS X.

    Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
    SketchUp 2013 and higher no longer support this or older versions of Mac OS X.

    A Linux version of SketchUp isn't available at this time. However, you may be interested to see how others have had success running SketchUp on Linux using Wine.

    Virtualized Environments
    At this time, SketchUp doesn't support operation in a virtualized environments such as VMWare or Citrix.
    Per the SketchUp Pro Terms of Service: You may not use or host the Software in a virtual server environment.
    Boot Camp/Parallels: Neither Boot Camp nor Parallels are supported environments.

  • A 3-button mouse is highly recommended.

  • A large computer monitor is also highly recommended. It is possible to design on a laptop, but larger monitors make life much easier.

  • High speed internet is essential for the transfer of large files and many pictures.

  • Students must have an email account capable of receiving large files, and a large number of messages for the duration of the course.

  • During the course the instructor may require the use of communications tools such as Skype or similar free programs.


Studying on-line is very different from learning in a face-to-face classroom setting. It may be more convenient – or for some it may be the only way they can take our courses - but it is definitely not easier.

The University of Illinois has provided some excellent pre-assessment information for potential on-line students. Please complete the online Self Evaluation:

And please read the article entitled 'What Makes A Successful Online Student?'

Please note: Even though it is delivered over 14 weeks like all our other online courses, SketchUp Pro is rated as a 4 credit, 56 hour course (as opposed to the regular 3 credit, 42 hour courses).  That means it requires more work . If you have any doubts about your ability to dedicate 10-14 hours per week to this course then it is probably not for you. Those who are able to commit themselves to this experience rest assured that our instructors are not only experts in SketchUp Pro but are also experienced on-line facilitators.

Skill-based learning

In this course you will be learning a technical skill. This requires the ability to follow technical instructions, and the commitment to practice. We will do everything in our power to help you learn, but it won't happen without you doing the work. We strongly recommend that you take this course on it's own - it does take a lot of time to master the SketchUp Pro program.

Here is a quote from our SketchUp course facilitator:"Using software like SketchUp is certainly a benefit to my work as a landscape designer.  In spite of some getting used to, the advantages of working in 3D with an integrated landscape design system are enormous.  A structured environment that brings together the final product and how-to's makes the process far easier to grasp.  Learning alone can be tedious and frustrating, while the class setting offers help and context.  Having worked with other CAD systems, and with my experiences in on-line learning, I feel very privileged to facilitate this course for Gaia College."

Online classroom versus self-paced studies

The question may arise why we are offering this course over a specific time frame, rather than letting each student study at their own speed. Our experience is that without firm deadlines most students do not finish the longer online courses - and we really want you to succeed!

So, for optimum student success,  this course is being offered in an interactive online classroom format.  The “virtual classroom”  includes group interaction in structured activities such as discussions and demonstrations, yet still maintains flexibility for the individual.

Our vast learning resources and networking facilities are always available to students, even after completion of the course. So if for some reason you are not able to complete the course on time you will still retain access to the information to review it at your own pace. However, to earn the Certificate of Completion all course work must be completed by the end of the course term.