Diploma Overview



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?

Gaia College has been working to transform horticulture education since 2003. Our courses integrate essential knowledge of ecology, permaculture and organic gardening. The Diploma in Organic Land Care builds a solid foundation for a career in the land care industry.

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:

The Diploma in Organic Land Care courses can be completed entirely online. 

See student testimonials!

Online Program

Organic Horticulture (1 course)

Plant Knowledge (1 course)

Landscape Design (2 courses)

Elective (1 course)


Classroom Program

Organic Horticulture (1 course)

Plant Knowledge (1 course)

Landscape Design (2 courses)

Elective (1 course)

We strongly recommend that course be completed in the order given, excepting that the elective course can be completed at any time.

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

Also, the Diploma in Organic Land Care qualifies as part of the education component apply for the Landscape Industry Certified Landscape Designer designation (CLD) offered by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. 

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