Horticulture Technology

Horticulture Technology

The Central Piedmont Horticulture Technology curriculum is designed to prepare you for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticultural principles and practices are included.

What You Will Learn

Coursework includes plant science, plant materials, propagation, soils, fertilizers, and pest management. Also included are courses in plant production, landscaping, and the management and operation of horticulture businesses. The program focuses on:

  • the general production and management of cultivated plants, shrubs, flowers, foliage, trees, ground covers, and related plant materials
  • the management of technical and business operations connected with horticultural services
  • the basic science principles needed to understand plants and their management and care

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • successfully manage landscape maintenance businesses by utilizing plant skill sets such as plant identification and culture and critical thinking skills such as why, when, and how to fertilize, prune, and apply pesticides to landscape plants
  • integrate knowledge, skills, and experience gained to analyze various landscapes and formulate landscape design plans that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and meet client needs
  • successfully produce greenhouse and nursery stock in the Charlotte area by integrating knowledge, skills, and techniques gained, such as market analysis, plant ID and culture, plant propagation, and growing techniques

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, gardens, and governmental agencies. Graduates also should be prepared to take the following exams:

  • North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Exam
  • licensed pesticide applicators exam
  • ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborist exam

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our program hosts plant sales each fall and spring to invite community members to purchase plants grown in our greenhouses. In addition to other opportunities, you will have the opportunity to participate in the student Horticulture Club.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Horticulture Careers and Average Salaries

Become a landscape contractor, landscaper, designer, maintenance crew supervisor, own your own businesses in maintenance or production, or enter sales in retail garden centers, nurseries, or horticulture products. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach for detailed horticulture technology career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

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Horticulture Degree Course Sequence

Suggested course sequence (PDF)

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied Science or several specialized certificates in horticulture technology. The college catalog details the horticulture technology program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer horticulture technology course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Horticulture Technology Program Requirements

    For detailed information on horticulture technology course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog. You are encouraged to complete core courses first.

    Suggested course sequence (PDF)

  • Locations

    Cato Campus

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods


    You may be able to complete the associate degree by taking all of your classes in the evening. Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

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  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

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  • Admitted Students: Find Your Faculty Advisor

    Students at Central Piedmont have a faculty advisor for each program of study offered. The advisor for all horticulture technology students is Kelly Black.