This certificate gives students a grounding in the principles of integrated pest management in landscape and nursery settings. Integrated pest management stresses identification and monitoring of plant pests and diseases and finding the least harmful control method for the situation. Students will be familiar with invertebrate and vertebrate pests, fungal and bacterial diseases, nutritional deficiencies and weed control, and with the variety of possible control strategies. Students with this certification will be prepared for the Qualified Applicator Certificate exam administered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, a widely recognized certification among horticultural employers.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Recognize ten or more insect pests and make judgments about monitoring and managing them in landscape or nursery settings.
- Recognize ten or more plant diseases and make judgements about preventing and managing them in landscape or nursery settings.
- Recognize three or more plant nutritional deficiencies and make judgements about addressing them in landscape or nursery settings.
- Read pesticide labels, understand hazards associated with products, and use appropriate application techniques according to label directions.
- Pass the Qualified Applicator Certificate exam administered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
Certificate of Achievement Requirements
|HORT 51||Introduction to Horticulture I||3|
|HORT 52||Introduction to Horticulture II||3|
|HORT 78||Integrated Pest Management||3|
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