Elective Courses

Here is a list of our elective courses. Successful completion of one of these elective courses is required for the diploma, but many of our students have taken more than one for further learning, personal interest and professional development. See the links for more information about each course: 

Business Skills for Land Care Professionals

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This is a practical introduction to common business solutions. You will build a framework addressing the administrative, operational and marketing requirements for your business. This course is designed for small landscaping businesses, however, it can be applied to many types of small businesses. Participants will develop their own marketing and business plans.

Learn more about the Business Skills for Land Care Professionals course

Growing Food

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This is a comprehensive course for students wanting to grow their own food. You will learn organic gardening principles, applied permaculture, harvesting and food preservation. Successfully grow an abundance of healthy, nutritious and delicious fruits and vegetables.

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Ecological Plant Knowledge 2 (Ornamentals)


Students learn to understand plants in the context of their ecosystem. Students are guided in conducting their own research to identify specific relationships for specific ornamental plants. This is particularly important so that ornamental plants will have the environmental support they need to thrive.

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Living Green Infrastructure

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This course is designed to help professionals and practitioners use living green infrastructure. Working with nature is critical in applying best management practices in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of smart land development projects.

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Rainwater Harvesting and Management

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Using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner.

Learn more about the Rainwater Harvesting and Management course

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