Organic Land Care Advanced focuses on seeking solutions to issues in urban sustainability. Ecological Solutions for Planners and Developers, and Systems Thinking courses address how to evaluate effects of development on urban settlements and to assess and facilitate the development of sustainable responses. Specialized topics on growing foods with high nutrient density, and bioremediation of contaminated land, are examined with ecological integrity.

This program would be of interest to:

  • University and college graduates seeking specialty
  • Municipal planners
  • Builders and developers
  • Landscape Architects and designers
  • Landscapers wishing to offer more professional design services
  • Those considering a career in ecological landscape design
  • Permaculturists, organic farmers
  • Homeowners and farmers wishing to grow more nutrient dense foods
  • People seeking a career change
  • Those with a passion for the environment, seeking change and a way to make a difference like environmental advocates, conservationists, field naturalists.

Career Opportunities

This program builds on the 1st level, Organic Land Care Fundamentals, and is designed to provide diploma-level education to those wishing to apply for the advanced, nationally recognized, industry credential called the Certified Organic Land Care Professional, which is issued by Canada's organic horticulture, industry association, the Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL). This credential builds on the Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner designation and attests to the knowledge and experience of professionals making land care decisions. This level also meets the requirements for a specialty industry certification with the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management (CANARM). Landscape professionals can earn pre-approved continuing education credits to maintain industry certifications with most of these courses (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL).

National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Government of Canada

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labor market. It gives statisticians, labor market analysts, career counselors, employers and individual job seekers a consistent way to collect data and describe and understand the nature of work.

Entry Requirements

  • Organic Land Care Fundamentals – LEVEL 2 is required for this LEVEL 3. Please see individual course outlines for prerequisites in each course.

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Advanced Concepts in Growing Food

While we currently have plenty of food, it is so lacking in vital nutrients that diseases, and health care costs, run rampant. Degradation of the world's agricultural soils are resulting in diminishing capacity to support human food production, where increasing toxic chemicals, that deplete the soil's nutrients, also decreases our food's nutrients. This course focuses on replenishing and re-balancing soil nutrients with the goal of growing not just food, but complete nutrition, for ourselves and our animals. Topics include: the complexity of nutrient uptake by plants, soils test interpretation, fertilizers and fertilizer calculations, and rapidly growing field of energetic solutions.

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Living Green Infrastructure

For planners, policy makers and developers. Covers integrated natural solutions called low impact development (LID) and living green infrastructure (GI). Current problems with solutions that are made in isolation along budget categories do not meet sustainable solutions. You will e introduced to sustainable technologies and best management practices throughout the planning, constructing and maintenance phases of land development. Topics include: ecological impacts of development, water catchment and use, stormwater management, waste management, urban forestry, food security, environment and community health.

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Systems Thinking

Systems thinking examines problems in the context of a larger focus that reveals connections to the situation that must be considered if the solution is to be sustainable, so that problems do not recur but stay fixed. A wide-angle thinking lens is but just one of many teaching tools introduced in the course to view problem situations that transcend the limitations of specialist knowledge, thereby evolving situations over time to generate unexpected consequences. For decision makers, planners community leaders, teachers, parents, mentors, and those just looking for ways to do things differently.

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Field to Fork Intro. Global/Local Food Systems

This course explores how we build sustainable local and global food systems. Students will explore food's circular journey from farm fields to food processing plants, to grocery stores, farmers' markets, restaurants, dinner tables and back via composters and landfills. Topics include biotechnology, organic farming, globalization, climate change, peak oil, water scarcity, food security, obesity, hunger, and the global food price crisis.

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Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes for Organic Land Care Professional:

  1. Design and implement a variety of vibrantly beautiful and healthy gardens by understanding the intricate relationships within ecosystems; 
  2. Utilize renewable, biodegradable and recycled materials, including rainwater, from local sources and minimize waste;
  3. Assess the wider social and ecological impacts of landscapes, the practices and products used to create and maintain them.


Recognition of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the program requirements, please submit a Request for Recognition of Achievement Form to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training. There is no cost for this and your Recognition of Achievement will be mailed to you.

SOUL Accreditation

To become an Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner, you must have successfully completed the course, OLC 100 Fundamentals of Organic Land Care, within the past 2 years. You will then need to apply to  SOUL to write the Accreditation exam. Follow the steps on the Society of Organic Urban Land Care website to initiate the process.

Program Contacts

Ariane Favereau Broughton
Program Assistant
416-491-5050 ext.22663

Astrid Muschalla
Part-time Coordinator

Sharon Estok
Academic Program Manager
416-491-5050 ext.22515