Horticulture Technology

Leading Edge Training in Hands-On Plant Care, Landscaping, and More

Horticulture instructor working with student in garden

Program Overview

Are you drawn to the world of plants and eager to nurture your green skills? At College of Western Idaho (CWI), our Horticulture Technology program is crafted just for you. Dive into an immersive learning experience that blends hands-on practice with essential knowledge in plant propagation and nursery and greenhouse crop management. Whether you are aspiring to excel in floriculture, horticulture sales, or landscape maintenance, this program is your pathway to a flourishing career.

Here, you will engage in practical learning in state-of-the-art greenhouses, gardens, and edible landscapes, applying your skills in real scenarios. The journey leads to either an Intermediate Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree, opening doors to various roles in nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape companies. You will also have the opportunity to connect with industry professionals, explore internships, and potentially transfer credits to a four-year institution.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Applied Science

Advanced Technical Certificate

Intermediate Technical Certificate

Time to Complete

1 – 2 years

Primary Location

Horticulture technology student working in the garden

Learning Opportunities

  • Hands-On Plant Care: Experience practical learning in greenhouses and gardens, nurturing your horticultural skills.
  • Tailored to Your Interests: Whether it is sales, floriculture, or landscape maintenance, find your niche in horticulture.
  • Professional Certifications: Stand out to employers with industry-recognized certifications such as Certified Nursery Professional (CNP) Professional Pesticide Applicator.
  • Flexible Study Journey: Start your studies any semester and progress at a pace that suits you.
  • Networking & Career Opportunities: Build connections with local companies for internships and professional growth.

Community Engagement

Horticulture students gain invaluable, hands-on experience by working on projects within our community and for the benefit of others. All are invited to engage with our students and their learning. 

Contact Andrea Schumaker with questions. 

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Horticulture Technology – Associate of Applied Science Degree

Horticulture Technology – Advanced Technical Certificate

Horticulture Technology – Intermediate Technical Certificate

Horticulturist standing next to heavy equipment

Career Opportunities

  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

    Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, and supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, and financial and marketing activities. Excludes “First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers” (45-1011).


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  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

    Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units. Excludes “Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse” (45-2092).


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  • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

    Manually plant, cultivate, and harvest vegetables, fruits, nuts, horticultural specialties, and field crops. Use hand tools, such as shovels, trowels, hoes, tampers, pruning hooks, shears, and knives. Duties may include tilling soil and applying fertilizers; transplanting, weeding, thinning, or pruning crops; applying pesticides; or cleaning, grading, sorting, packing, and loading harvested products. May construct trellises, repair fences and farm buildings, or participate in irrigation activities. Excludes “Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation” (37-3012), “Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products” (45-2041), and “Forest, Conservation, and Logging Workers” (45-4011 through 45-4029).


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers

    Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities. Work may involve reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and workforce requirements; answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and preparing estimates according to labor, material, and machine costs.


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  • Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation

    Mix or apply pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides through sprays, dusts, vapors, soil incorporation, or chemical application on trees, shrubs, lawns, or crops. Usually requires specific training and state or federal certification. Crop dusters are included in “Commercial Pilots” (53-2012).


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  • Floral Designers

    Design, cut, and arrange live, dried, or artificial flowers and foliage.


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

    Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, aquacultural, and related workers. Excludes “First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, and Groundskeeping Workers” (37-1012).


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  • Tree Trimmers and Pruners

    Using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. Prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts. Excludes workers who primarily perform duties of “Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers” (37-3011) and “Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation” (37-3012).


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.


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