Introducing: Penn Foster’s Hotel and Restaurant Management Career Diploma Program

While PCDI is no longer accepting enrollments in our Landscaping Design Program, we’re excited to introduce you to our partner school, Penn Foster.

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Penn Foster's Landscape Design Program was created with job-readiness in mind. Learn about plants, horticulture, and gardening on your own schedule so you can get started with a new role or advance your career.


Planting the Seeds to Grow Your New Career

Penn Foster's Landscape Design Program can help you gain the skills needed to start your own business or begin an entry-level career in landscaping.

Learn the essentials of preparing site plans, cost estimates, and landscape design for clients. You’ll learn valuable marketing skills to help promote your landscaping business. Complete your course at your own pace—earn your Landscaping Technology Career Diploma on your time.

Why Penn Foster?

Penn Foster has been on a mission to help people like you obtain skills and achieve their career goals for more than 130 years. We provide students with a quality education that fits their busy lifestyle and budget, offering over 100 self-paced, career-relevant programs across our College, Career School, and High School. Every course is designed to work with your schedule, anytime, anywhere you want to study. With a focus on relevant skills and career prep for the job you’re after, Penn Foster can help you graduate with confidence and help provide a guide towards your career goals.

What You'll Learn in Penn Foster’s Online Landscaping Technology Career Diploma Program

  • How to select appropriate materials to be used in designs and for sustainable landscaping.
  • Proper coordination of the arrangement of existing and proposed land features and structures.
  • How to communicate effectively with clients, engineers, and building architects.
  • Inspection techniques to ensure landscape work complies with original plans.

Penn Foster’s Online Landscaping Technology Career Diploma Program

In our accredited Landscaping Technology course curriculum, you'll learn the skills and knowledge that can help you prepare to start a rewarding career in gardening or landscaping. The online courses include:

  • The Landscape and Horticulture Industry
  • Garden Ecology
  • Landscape Plants
  • Landscape and Garden Design
  • Landscape Construction, Installation, and Maintenance
  • Starting and Running Your Landscaping Business
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Learn More About the Penn Foster Experience

At Penn Foster, we think online learning can make a big difference in people's lives, and it should be available to everyone. That's why we've made our programs affordable and tailored to fit your needs. You can learn and improve your skills for the job you want, all at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Landscaping Technology Program FAQs

Can I start my own business as a landscaper? 

Yes! Many people start out with the basics, such as simple lawn maintenance. However, if you're interested in taking a more in-depth and artistic approach, it's a good idea to get a well-rounded education in landscape design. With Penn Foster's Landscaping Technology Career Diploma Program, you'll not only learn about the basics of horticulture and design, but you'll also study the essentials aspects of starting a landscaping business including how to write a business plan and keeping business records.

What is the average salary of a landscaping professional? 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a landscaping/grounds-keeping employee in 2022 was $36,160.*

What will I learn while taking online classes in landscape design? 

The goal of the landscape design program is to ensure you have all the basic information needed to begin entry-level landscaping work. You'll learn to interpret site plans and cost estimates, as well as how to coordinate existing structures with new designs. You'll also gain insight on how to prepare presentations, how to select appropriate materials for a project, horticulture and irrigation, and how to analyze and use environmental reports to aid in project design.

What is the average job description for a landscaper? 

Landscaping is a job that covers many areas, but the core idea is that a landscape professional ensures the grounds of homes, businesses, and public spaces such as parks are tidy, healthy, and visually appealing. Duties can be as simple as tree trimming and planting of flowers, trees, and shrubs to as complicated as designing and building garden structures. To be a landscaper, you must enjoy the outdoors, have a knowledge of plant life, and not mind getting dirty.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Grounds Maintenance Workers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed October 4, 2023.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

What is Penn Foster?

PCDI is part of the Penn Foster Network. Penn Foster, PCDI’s partner school, has been a leading provider of distance education and online, career-focused training programs for over 130 years. Like PCDI, Penn Foster’s programs are affordable, fully online, and self-paced, allowing you to build skills and prepare for the job you want on your terms.