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Landscape Management, Arboriculture Option Associate Degree

AAS Associate of Applied Science Degree
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2 Years
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Climb to new heights with a Landscape Management Associate Degree in Arboriculture 

Do you have a deep appreciation for trees and a desire to work outdoors? Are you interested in a fulfilling career that contributes to the environment and makes a positive impact on your community? If so, then Clackamas Community College's Landscape Management Associate Degree with an Arboriculture option is the perfect choice for you. 

The need for skilled arborists is growing rapidly as our cities continue to expand. Trees provide countless benefits, from cleaning the air and reducing stormwater runoff to providing shade and enhancing property values. Proper tree care is essential to ensure their health and longevity and arborists play a crucial role in protecting these valuable resources. 

This program isn't just about learning – it's about empowering you to: 

  • Become a skilled tree care professional, protecting these vital natural resources. 
  • Master the art of tree climbing, pruning and plant health care, gaining hands-on experience. 
  • Contribute to a greener future and enhance the beauty of your community. 

Why choose CCC? 

The arboriculture program at Clackamas Community College is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a successful arborist. You'll gain hands-on experience in tree climbing, pruning, plant health care and more, while learning from experienced instructors in a supportive learning environment.

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

Required classes for the Landscape Management Arboriculture Option

Job Outlook

Ready to turn your passion for trees into a thriving career? 

With an Arboriculture degree, you can pursue exciting careers like tree climber, plant care technician, or even become a self-employed arborist.
For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Climb to new heights with arboriculture skills 

This program equips you with the skills needed for a strong foundation in plant science, preparing you for a successful career in the field of arboriculture and plant care.

Technical skills:

  • Arboriculture equipment: Demonstrate competency with climbing gear, chainsaws, chippers, hydraulic sprayers, trucks and trailers.
  • Plant identification: Identify common woody and herbaceous plants in the landscape. 
  • Tree health: Recognize and identify key disorders in trees. 
  • Site assessment: Perform site assessments, including plant health inspections, hazard tree identification and water audit interpretations. 
Communication skills: 

  • Effective communication: Communicate effectively with co-workers and customers through speaking, report writing and computer technology. 
Additional skills: 

  • Native plant species identification: Learn to identify native plant species and gain an understanding of their ecological significance. 
  • Applied plant science: Acquire practical knowledge of plant science principles for effective plant care and management. 
For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


NALP Logo National Association of Landscape Professionals Accredited Degree Program

National Association of Landscape Professionals

This is the only nationally recognized endorsement offered to colleges with landscape/horticulture programs. It is designed to recognize schools with landscape contracting curricula that meet or exceed industry standards. Visit the their website for more information. 

Earn a certificate on the way to your degree

Many degree programs at CCC offer opportunities to earn professional certificates along the way. These certificates can give your resume a boost and qualify you for jobs, even before you graduate. Every step you take gets you closer to your dreams. Even if you decide to change direction later, you will have a solid foundation to build on to keep moving forward.

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