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Landscaping Entrepreneur Program

Landscape Design ProgramsProgram Duration: 6 Months
Course Contact Hours: 310
Student Tuition: $3,400.00

Shift your green fingers into your dream career with the use of our online Landscape Design Programs. You can discover how to draft your plans and blend flowers, trees, hedges and groundcovers into appealing, functional designs. Simultaneously you will be learning effective ways to build the business you want.

This Landscape Design Program combines a two course training track:

  • Landscaping
  • Start Your Own Business



Our online landscape design courses offer general expertise as well as industry information needed to be prosperous in the field of landscape design and architecture. Looking at three fields of professional practice; design, contracting, and management, traditional topics including design, plant installation, and pricing, along with issues not found in many other resources, like
interior landscaping, xeriscaping, water gardens, and safety are reviewed. Effective landscapers and lawn care professionals reveal their keys to success within this $20 billion industry. With all the homes, business parks, apartment complexes, shopping malls and hospitals that require landscaping, you can customize your services and create your dream job. Your business can vary from the simple-mowing and edging lawns, gathering leaves and snipping hedges-to using chemicals and fertilizer, trimming and shaping trees, preparing landscapes and more.

Our landscaping program offers premium career training loaded with a number of professional landscaping ideas and ideas. The program even includes details on ways to begin a landscaping business. If you’re interested in beginning a new profession, wish to know more  about landscaping, or simply wish to fix up your backyard, then this course is for you!

Prerequisite(s): None

After finishing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify ideas and systems for landscape design.
  • Understand the fundamentals of design.
  • Specify the factors associated with landscape contracting.
  • Identify the elements associated with preserving a landscape.
  • Comprehend the essentials for beginning a lawn care or landscaping business.

Start Your Own Business


Have you ever operated an Apple computer or listened to a CD? Entrepreneurs are responsible for bringing these items into existence. Individuals that start their own individual enterprises are called entrepreneurs. When it comes to an entrepreneur, there’s no limit as far as profits are concerned. An entrepreneur is somebody who’s recognized an opportunity to start a business
and jumps on it before someone else does. Entrepreneurs can easily bring together and produce business opportunities where other people don’t see anything. This “Start Your Own Business” program will help you design the job you want. During this
training course you will be working on your business strategy and putting together a review of  the aspects you need within your new company.

Prerequisite: None

After completing this course, you should have the ability to:

  • Comprehend entrepreneurship and opportunity.
  • Determine the steps with regard to growing a business plan and marketing strategy.
  •  Identify methods when it comes to dealing with costs and forming a financing strategy.
  • Understand commercial law and the importance of contracts.
  • Identify strategies for expanding your business and eventually selling it


Upon successful completion of our Landscaping course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Landscaping Specialist (CLS).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**



Landscaping Module 1
Landscape Designing

  • Using Drawing Instruments
  • Learning Lettering
  • Graphic Materials & Techniques
  • Design Sheet Layout
  • Understanding the Site
  • Performing a Site Analysis
  • The Landscaping Process
  • Interviewing the Client
  • The Outdoor Room Concept
  • Plant Selection
  • Plant Nomenclature
  • Plant Grading Standards
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Landscaping Module 2
The Principles of Design

  • The Foundation for Designing
  • Flowers in Landscaping
  • Flower Beds and Flower Borders
  • Xeriscape: Water-wise Landscaping
  • The Seven Principles of Xeriscaping
  • Hardscape: An Umbrella Term
  • Water Features
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Landscape Enrichment
  • Technology in Landscaping
  • Pricing the Proposed Design
  • Presenting a Proposal

Landscaping Module 3
Landscape Contracting

  •  Landscape Calculations
  • Understanding Contracts and Contractors
  • Contract Documents
  • Importance of Specifications
  • Staffing & Human Resources
  • Installing Landscape Plants
  • Selecting the Proper Grass
  • Lawn Construction
  • Landscape Irrigation
  • Interior Plantscaping
  • Water Gardens

Landscaping Module 4
Landscape Maintenance

  • Maintaining Landscape Plants
  • Pest Control
  • Pruning Trees & Shrubs
  • Plant Injuries: Identification & Care
  • How Insects and Diseases are Spread
  • Weeds and Fertilization
  • Care of the Lawn
  • Winterization of the Landscape
  •  Pricing Landscape Maintenance
  • Safety in the Landscape Industry
  • Customer Service

Landscaping Module 5
Starting a Lawn Care or Landscaping Business

  • Industry Snapshot
  • Business Basics
  • Staffing Your Business
  • Types of Landscaping Businesses
  • Scope of Services
  • Conducting Market Research
  • Naming Your Business
  • Legal Aspects
  • Money Managing
  • Tools of the Trade & Equipment
  • Office Equipment
  • Industry Associations
  • Marketing Your Business
  • Your Cyber Salesperson
  • Writing and Producing a Newsletter
  • Networking with Others
  • Income and Operating Expenses
  • Your Formula for Success

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Start Your Own Business


Start Your Own Business Module 1
Entrepreneurial Pathways

  • Defining Entrepreneurship
  • What Entrepreneurs Do
  • Free Enterprise Economies
  • Finding & Evaluating Opportunity
  • Examining Profits
  • Creating Business from Opportunity
  • Creating a Feasibility Analysis
  • Developing a Business Plan
  • Defining Your Business
  • Analyzing Your Competitive Advantage
  • Viability Testing
  • Valuing a Business

Start Your Own Business Module 2
Integrated Marketing

  • Exploring Your Market
  • Marketing vs. Selling
  • Market Research
  • Market Segments
  • Positioning Your Product or Service
  • Developing Your Marketing Plan
  • Marketing Mix
  • Pricing Your Products
  • Breakeven Analysis
  • Smart Selling
  • Effective Customer Service
  • Principles of Selling
  • Successful Sales Calls
  • Customer Relationship Management

Start Your Own Business Module 3
Cost Analysis

  • Understanding & Managing Costs
  • Identify Required Investment
  • Analyze Fixed Operating Costs
  • Calculate Gross Profit
  • Financial Record Keeping
  • Financial Statements
  • Income Statements
  • Examining a Balance Sheet
  • Financial Ratio Analysis
  • Calculating Return on Investment
  • Same-Size Analysis
  • Quick, Current & Debt Ratios

Start Your Own Business Module 4
Financing Strategy

  • Cash Flow Management
  • Cash vs. Profits
  • Cash Flow Statement
  • Cash Budget
  • Taxes
  • Filing Tax Returns
  • Financing Preferences
  • Types of Business Financing
  • Debt vs. Equity Financing
  • Identifying Sources of Capital
  • Stocks & Bonds as Investments

Start Your Own Business Module 5
Operating For Success

  • Addressing Legal Issues
  • Managing Risk
  • Business Legal Structures
  • Contracts
  • Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Protecting Tangible Assets
  • Operations in a Business
  • Production-Distribution Chain
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Managing Suppliers
  • Managing Inventory
  •  Facilities Location & Design

Start Your Own Business Module 6
Growing Your Business

  • Management
  • 10 Basic Tasks Handled by Managers
  • Leadership Styles
  • Organizational Cultures
  • Organizational Structure
  • Human Resources Management
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Incorporating Social Responsibility
  • Ethical Practices
  • Growing Your Business
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Cashing in Your Brand
  • Methods for Valuing a Business

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Materials Included:

  • Landscaping Principles & Practices by Jack E. Ingels
  • Start Your Own Lawn care or Landscaping Business by Eileen Sandlin

Start Your Own Business
Textbook Included:

  • Entrepreneurship: Starting and Operating a Small Business by Steve Mariotti & Caroline Glack

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also) o Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 o Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)