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Landscape Design Certificate

Landscape Design

Become a landscape designer

Interested in creating beautiful landscapes that draw praise and envy from your neighbors? Knowledge is the first step. Our Landscape Design Certificate program provides both foundational and cutting-edge concepts as well as techniques for creating functional, crowd-pleasing landscape plans for any type of budget. 

Analyze existing residential landscapes, create a base map, and select the right plants and hardscapes to perfectly match the design. The instructor—an actively working landscape design professional—will share tips from over a decade of designing and installing award-winning landscapes to help build your expertise.



The following types of students will benefit from this program:

  • Serious gardeners seeking to grow their skills or entrepreneurs seeking to grow a new venture
  • Landscape architects that want to expand their knowledge of residential design
  • Those working in related fields like landscape maintenance, civil engineering, garden centers or landscape installation that want to offer residential design services to new and existing clients
  • Anyone considering a career change as a landscape designer

Program Objectives

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • “Read” an existing residential landscape and create a base map to guide the design
  • Create an artistic conceptual landscape design that addresses site conditions and homeowner needs
  • Articulate the science behind the artfully finished design in a final presentation
  • Choose appropriate hardscapes that match design intent
  • Know how to select adaptable plants to fit the design
  • Add color to make the plan “pop”

Certificate Requirements

The certificate consists of 26 hours of instruction, culminating in a Capstone project in which students produce their own landscape design.

To receive the certificate, students must:

  • Attend at least 80% of class sessions
  • Complete all assignments
  • Receive a passing score of 75% or higher on the Capstone project



  1. Landscape Design I: Understanding the Site – Meeting 1 (8 hours)
  2. Landscape Design II (Residential): Designing Winning Landscape Plans – Meetings 2-5 (8 hours)
  3. Right Plant, Right Place: Succeeding with Plants – Meeting 6 (2 hours)
  4. Sticks and Stones: Hardscapes Made Simple – Meeting 7 (2 hours)
  5. Bringing the Master Plan to Life: Plan Graphics – Meeting 8 (2 hours)
  6. Capstone – Meetings 9-11 (6 hours)

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Deposit Option

The Landscape Design Certificate course is eligible for a deposit option. With this option, a student puts down $850 upon registration and pays the remaining balance seven (7) days prior to the course start date. If the student is registering with a discount, the discount will be reflected on the second payment. The down payment will still be $850.

If full payment is not received seven (7) days prior to the course start date, the student will be dropped from the course, removed from the roster and dropped from the Canvas site.

Payment Options

The easiest way to pay for courses with Emory Continuing Education is using any major credit card including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.


Certificate overview

2-3 months


Time commitment
26 hours