WHY A DIPLOMA IN ORGANIC LAND CARE
Upon completion of 4 core courses and 1 elective, students earn the Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care. Each of these courses focuses on a unique aspect of organic land care:
ONLINE CORE COURSES
- Organic Master Gardener or Organic Horticulture Specialist
- Ecological Plant Knowledge 1 (Natives)
- Landscape Design Basics with SketchUp Pro
- Ecological Landscape Design
It is highly recommended that students complete the courses in the order listed above. While we do not require this, it does make the successful completion of each course easier. SketchUp Pro for Landscape Design is a pre-requisite or co-requisite to Ecological Landscape Design.
ONLINE ELECTIVE COURSES
- Business Skills For Land Care Professionals
- Growing Food
- Ecological Plant Knowledge 2 (Ornamentals)
- Living Green Infrastructure
- Rainwater Harvesting and Management
All courses are offered on a part-time access basis to allow students to continue to work while studying. Students can combine online courses with classroom courses, regardless of where they are offered. Students can substitute classroom courses for online courses where applicable.
Courses can be taken individually; we strongly suggest that everyone start with the Organic Master Gardener / Organic Horticulture Specialist course.
The Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care fulfills the advanced education requirements for becoming a SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional.
CLASSROOM COURSE EQUIVALENTS
Classroom courses are not being offered at this time.
COURSES TAKEN THROUGH EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS
We recognize courses taken through Educational Partners, both online and classroom.
I just wanted to say how much I appreciate still having access to class materials. It's been very useful, and a luxury compared to most post-secondary institutions. I really appreciate it! I think this should serve as real incentive for potential Gaia students, especially those that know the restrictions and inaccessibility of post-secondary course materials after graduation, because your student account is deactivated or you had to sell your texts. We get a lot for our course fee with Gaia. All the best, and keep up the good work. Brianna van de Wijngaard