Horticulture Basics Certificate

Start your career in horticulture here! The Horticulture Basics Certificate program introduces you to the fundamental principles of horticulture, delving into topics like plant biology, plant selection, and landscape management. You'll be exposed to various horticultural tools and equipment as you develop skills in propagation, plant identification, and landscape maintenance. 

Earn the Horticulture Basics Certificate to prepare for employment in greenhouses, garden centers, flower shops, nurseries, fruit and vegetable production operations, interiorscape maintenance companies, turf and landscape businesses, golf courses, and the seed and supply industry. 

Stackable MCC certificates in this program include:
Horticulture Basics Certificate > Horticulture Certificate building up to the Horticulture AAS

Contact (815) 455-8750 with specific questions about this program.

(in-district) Total Amount: $2,054.5

Credit Hours to Complete: 14

Weeks to Complete: 16

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What you need to know about getting your Horticulture Basics Certificate (CIP 1.0601)

Total Horticulture Basics Certificate Costs
Cost in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $1,701 $4,608.1 $6,478.22 $6,478.22
Additional Costs $353.5 $353.5 $353.5 $353.5
Program Total $2,054.5 $4,961.6 $6,831.72 $6,831.72

What makes MCC's Horticulture Basics Certificate than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

The small class size allows for individual, hands-on attention. Your MCC instructors work in the field and bring their experience into the classroom.

How will MCC's Horticulture Basics Certificate prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

You'll learn by doing through a hands-on curriculum and internship opportunities.

Outside of the Classroom

  • Expand your professional network with field trips to local businesses and conferences.
  • Help on the MCC 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.