Q: How much time each week should I commit to a course?
A: We recommend 6-10 hours per week for each of our courses.
Q: Is it a problem if a lesson cannot be completed in the specified week?
A: Each week covers a different topic and you'll want to complete one topic before moving on to the next. Students are expected to complete their work on their own time during each week. If you are not available during the week, discuss it with your instructor and they will guide you in how to work ahead or catch-up.
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, experiments, 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.
Q: Can I take more than one course at a time?
A: Yes, you can take more than one course at a time.
Q: What is the maximum number of courses to take per semester?
A: This depends on the student's availability. It is important to consider that each course may require 6-10 hours per week. We often advise a maximum of 3 courses per semester. However, we have had some students take more than that with good results.
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You can read our Why a Diploma in Organic Land Care to find out more about what people are doing and what organizations they're associated with.
The following are professional organizations that recognize our courses:
- Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA)
- National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP - USA)
- BC Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA)
- International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
- Master Gardeners of Ontario Incorporated (MGOI)
- Integrated Pest Management Canada (IPM Canada)
- Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)
- Canadian Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL)
- Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
- WorkSafe BC