Tree Care Specialist, Certificate of Achievement

This certificate gives students a grounding in horticulture with a focus on trees and tree care. The student will be prepared for the Certified Arborist exam administered by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify and name 80-100 tree species and cultivars and discuss placement and care in landscape settings.
  • Describe and practice correct pruning techniques in young and established trees.
  • Apply basic botanical and horticultural knowledge to the cultivation and care of trees in the landscape or nursery setting.
  • Pass the Certified Arborist exam administered by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
HORT 51Introduction to Horticulture I3
HORT 52Introduction to Horticulture II3
HORT 55Tree Care3
HORT 202Landscape Pruning.5
Total Units9.5

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

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All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.