Garden Management Certificate

As you earn your Garden Management Certificate, you'll

  • Learn about plant and soil science and how to act on that information to improve your gardens.
  • Gain experience in fruit and vegetable production and insect and disease diagnostics.
  • Prepare for the Illinois Department of Agriculture Pesticide Application Certification and Licensing Applicator/Operator Exam (general standards and ornamental category).

After completing your Garden Management Certificate, take a few more courses to earn your Horticulture Certificate. Or continue with your studies and earn your Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Horticulture or Entrepreneurial Agriculture!

Contact (815) 455-8732 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $4,599

Credit Hours to Complete: 20

Weeks to Complete: 32

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Total Garden Management Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $2,330 $6,674.6 $9,578.8 $9,578.8
Additional Costs $2,269 $2,269 $2,269 $2,269
Program Total $4,599 $8,943.6 $11,847.8 $11,847.8

What makes MCC’s Garden Management Certificate program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

You'll get direct, hands-on experience in crop production, disease and insect diagnostic, and soil analysis. All your instructors have horticulture/agriculture experience.

What job opportunities are available to someone with a Garden Management Certificate?

  • Garden manager
  • Fruit and vegetable grower

How will MCC's Garden Management Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

  • Your coursework prepares you for real-world problem-solving.
  • Laboratory activities provide hands-on opportunities to increase your garden management skills.
  • Internships are available.

Outside of the Classroom

  • Help on the student farm.
  • Take part in annual MCC events related to horticulture like Gardenfest, Gardenwalk, and plant sales.

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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).

Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.

Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.

Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.

See additional information about international student costs.