Are you looking

  • To live and work in a way that is congruent with your personal values?
  • For gardening skills that are relevant in these times of environmental and social change?
  • For a career that satisfies your need to make a meaningful contribution to your community?

For over a decade Gaia College has been working to transform horticulture education. Our courses integrate essential knowledge of ecology, permaculture and organic gardening to build a solid foundation for employment, self-employment, or simply greater personal enjoyment.

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Upon completion of 4 core courses and 1 elective, students earn the Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care or Gaia College/Royal Roads University Diploma in Organic Land Care. Each of these courses focuses on a unique aspect of organic land care:


Organic Horticulture (1 course)

Plant Knowledge (1 course)

Landscape Design (2 courses)


All courses are offered on a part-time access basis to allow students to continue to work while studying. Students can combine on-line courses with classroom courses, regardless of where they are offered.

Courses can be taken individually and in no particular order (excepting Sketchup Pro is required before taking Ecological Landscape Design Online), although we strongly suggest that everyone start with the Organic Master Gardener course.

The Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care fulfills the advanced education requirements for becoming a SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional.

Any individuals who receive the Organic Land Care Diploma through Gaia College, are eligible to apply for the Landscape Industry Certified Landscape Designer designation (CLD) offered by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. Candidates would be eligible to list the program as part of their education component within the application. 

Student Comment

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

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Diploma Overview