Landscaping isn’t something that comes naturally. If you are looking into landscaping as a career, there are educational paths and programs that will equip and prepare you to take on landscaping as a serious, profitable endeavor.

Often, we don’t think about the depth of knowledge and information that landscaping requires. Landscape architects do everything from the design to the execution and everything in between land and outdoor spaces. In order to learn about the steps of this process, there are undergraduate, masters and certification programs at various universities in the field of landscape architecture. Some places, namely in North America, actually require you to have a license to be able to work. In these places, following your degree, you are required to continue your education and training and earn a certification/license.

Bachelor programs are typically between three and four years in length, and help students learn the fundamental principles of landscape architecture. There are often a combination of theoretical and hands on classes and opportunities whereby you will learn how to develop and create sites and spaces that are cost effective, sustainable and efficient.

There are also Masters programs at many institutions. These programs go into more detail than the undergraduate programs, and present different opportunities such as teaching in the field, and sometimes higher level jobs as well. The masters programs are, on average, two years in length, and include a wealth of courses. The masters programs also offer students a level of specificity as they can choose an area of focus such as heritage sites, or city planning, and so on.

There are many institutions across the world that offer these landscaping programs. Look for the programs at institutions that interest you. The programs are all different, and it is up to students to find a program that suits them best.