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You spend a lot of your time outdoors and enjoy the challenges of seasonal work. You’re involved in landscaping projects, yard maintenance and making outdoor spaces functional and beautiful. But perhaps you’re looking for a little inspiration. You’re great at what you do but maybe you’re looking to delegate a bit more or even start your own business. Or it’s possible that you’d like to get involved in the landscape design side of things. 

At the University of Guelph, our new Landscape Design Certificate has been created for you. The you that wants to make a difference and turn your skills into a satisfying full-time career. Newly developed and upgraded for today’s job market, our landscape design certificate will give you a solid foundation to take your skills to another level. Courses are taught by industry experts and are delivered entirely online so you can enjoy the convenience and flexibility of studying at a time and place that works for you, from anywhere in the world. 

With a total of five online courses to complete, this program provides you with the fundamentals of landscape design. 

Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to: 

  • Describe the influence of culturally-diverse historic gardens on landscape design 
  • Identify important designers and predominant landscape styles 
  • Describe and apply the principles and elements of landscape design 
  • Describe and apply each step of the landscape design process on a residential project 
  • Evaluate the design requirements of a residential landscape 
  • Select building materials and plant types to meet function, aesthetic, hardiness and site requirements 
  • Recognize the trends, and environmental and ecological impact of landscaped gardens 


  • Landscape Designer 
  • Landscape Construction 
  • Landscape Gardener 


The program requires the completion of four foundational courses and one elective course. Courses may be taken in any order. We recommend that you begin your studies with the required foundational courses. 


Enrolment is on a course-by-course basis and there is no application required. This program is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age. Course availability changes each semester. It is recommended you submit notification requests for each course in the program to be informed when registration opens. Course registration closes six days after the start of the semester.

Complete four required courses and one elective course. Request your parchment through the OpenEd Student Portal once all requirements are met.

You have a maximum 5 years to complete the required courses toward a particular certificate and/or diploma. The maximum number of years is presently under review and will be posted on the website once confirmed.

The price per course is currently $595. Course prices are subject to change and are not guaranteed. The total cost of the program may vary depending on available discounts* and the length of time to completion.

*There are early bird and alumni tuition discounts available for this program.

Additional Information

When you have completed all the requirements for this certificate, you can request your parchment through the OpenEd Student Portal.


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4 Course(s)

Students must successfully complete the following four (4) required courses:
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1 Course(s)

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