Landscape Maintenance for Career Change

Landscape Maintenance Certificate Program – 20 weeks

Course Overview:

Are you currently working in a different industry but have a passion for plants and the environment? Our Landscape Maintenance Certificate Program is designed just for you. Fully funded by the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund through the Senator Donnelly Workforce Success Grants, this program provides specialized training during the transition months (November – April). Shift your career into the growing field of landscape maintenance with skills and knowledge endorsed by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

Curriculum Highlights:

  • Certificate Aligned Training: Following the NALP’s Certificate for Landscape Management in Fundamentals and Maintenance, our curriculum includes:
    • First Aid & Safety
    • Landscape Plan Reading & Calculations
    • Introduction to Irrigation System Components & Maintenance
    • Landscape and Turf Equipment Safety & Maintenance
    • Planting, Turf Installation, and Maintenance
    • Pest, Tree & Shrub Management
  • Localized Learning and Expert Insights: We enhance the NALP curriculum with local garden history, plant care and identification, garden design, and landscape construction. The program features guest speakers who are experts in Cape Cod ecosystems and soil.
  • Hands-On Experience: Utilize the CCRTHS Horticulture Capital Skills grant equipment for practical demonstrations in small engine, tools, and machine care. Participants also engage in a comprehensive garden design project.
  • Digital and Safety Training: Gain online safety and equipment training certifications through Greenius and create a personal database of Cape Cod plants.
  • Professional Preparation: The curriculum includes content from the Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional study guide, aiding in plant care and identification, with additional tree and shrub pruning knowledge.

Program Benefits:

  • Specifically Tailored Schedule: Complete your training to begin work in Spring 2025.
  • Industry-Standard Certification: Achieve credentials that enhance employability and professional credibility.
  • Career Transformation: Bridge the gap from your current industry to full-time, year-round employment in landscape maintenance with advanced training and industry connections.


This program is targeted at individuals who are currently working in another industry but are eager to move into the professional landscape industry. The selection process is designed to identify those who will most benefit from and contribute to the landscape profession.

Who Should Apply:

Ideal for those looking to change their career path, elevate their prospects within the landscaping industry, seek comprehensive training, industry-recognized certification, and the opportunity to engage in high-wage skilled work.

Application Information:

Applications open on September 23, 2024, and are due by October 24, 2024.

More Information:  Attend our informational sessions at Cape Cod Tech on October 2nd or October 14th from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Start Date

November 12, 2024

Registration Deadline

October 23, 2024


$no cost

Course Details

Start Date

November 12, 2024

Type of Class



Harwich, MA

Days & Times

Tuesday & Thursday, 4:30 -8:00 p.m.


Completed Application meeting Eligibility Guidelines

End Date

April 3, 2025

Early-Bird Registration Discount?


Payment Plan


Total Hours

90 classroom hrs + 30 hrs project work for a total of 120 hrs


Alice Marcus Krieg and Stephen Dolan

About The Instructor

Instructor Stephen Dolan has been teaching horticulture at Cape Cod Tech for over 10 years after 15 years of golf course and turf management. With a degree in agriculture, Stephen sits on the board of Mass Horticulture, a venerable not for profit with historic roots.  Alice Marcus Krieg owned a landscape design/build company in New York City for 20 years and was producer, writer and cohost of an award winning podcast: We Dig Plants™ for 10 years. She branded and marketed a proprietary soil product for national and international distribution and designed gardens for residential, commercial and institutional clients. She holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Placemaking with an undergraduate degree in Art History and a certificate in Horticulture from New York Botanical Garden. We use the instructors’ experience as part of the evaluation process based on their understanding of what is needed in a new employee.