Landscape health starts with intelligent design. Professional Organic Land Care is the continued exploration of the intricate relationships within ecosystems and how we can work with them to create vibrantly beautiful and healthy gardens, be it public or private, food or ornamental. Commonly held beliefs are challenged as the science and current research on organic land care is scrutinized, empowering us with a new understanding of how a healthy landscape works.

This program is for:
  • Those considering a career in landscape design
  • Landscapers wishing to offer more professional design services
  • Homeowners wishing to design their gardens in a professional manner
  • Environmental advocates, conservationists, field naturalists
  • Those with a passion for the environment, seeking change and a way to make a difference.

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 1 is required for LEVEL 2. Please see individual course outlines for prerequisites in each course.

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Business Skills for Land Care Professionals

Drawing on 40 years of small business experience, this course goes well beyond information found in textbook and on the web by providing a practical interpretation of common business problems and guidance for solutions.
While it is addressed at small business owners in the ornamental land care and farming sectors, this course is equally applicable to all other types of small business. Participants will develop their own marketing and business plans.

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Sketchup Pro for Landscape Design

In this unique course geared towards landscape applications we introduce a whole new integrated 3-dimensional design and modeling process. Whether your preferred medium is pen and paper or a conventional 2-dimensional CAD program, the ability to work in 3 dimensions and view your work from all angles will undoubtedly enrich your creative design process. The fluidity of non-static, 3-dimensional models will empower you to communicate your ideas to landscape decision makers who do not have the designer's ability to mentally project a 2-dimensional drawing into images of a real live landscape.

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Ecological Landscape Design

This very comprehensive course begins with an overview of historical garden perspectives, including an examination of the role of art, statuary, wildlife, water, and native ecosystems.
The principles of landscape design and how the various elements are used in softscaping and hardscaping will be examined in detail no how to archive particular esthetics and function. Design terminology and drafting skills will be applied when following the steps of the design process. Through case studies and project work, the topics of site analysis, hardscape construction and grading, estimating and landscape supplies, drainage and water solutions, site remediation and special needs will be covered. Throughout, presentation skills will be emphasized. Several professional associations grant Continuing Education Credits for this course (ISA, CNLA, BCSA, SOUL).

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Rainwater Harvesting and Management

In this course, which is applicable across a wide range of trades and professional practice, the foundation of rainwater harvesting and managing (RWH/M) are covered. As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue not only in third-world countries, but also in more developed areas and in particular, large urban centers. Using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality system in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner.

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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.

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