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Horticulture, Certificate


Horticulturists understand how plants grow and how to identify, propagate, install, and maintain different types of plants including trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous perennials and bedding plants. They also focus on environmental and pest problems associated with plants and the landscape. The SUNY Niagara Horticulture Certificate Program is a two-semester program geared to help both the novice and the more experienced “plant person” gain the education and training necessary to obtain employment or advance their career in the industry. The field of horticulture is rapidly expanding and offers numerous career opportunities both locally and nationally.

Coursework is based on real-world projects similar to those professionals encounter in the industry. With both theory and practical hands-on experience, students are introduced to the techniques and processes of the industry using professional tools and equipment. Emphasis is placed upon sustainable horticulture with current research and best management practices integrated into the curriculum. Field trips, externships, and collaborative activities with trade associations provide students with educational and networking opportunities with local industry-leading businesses. Students can earn the NYS 30-Hour DEC Pesticide Applicator Training Certificate.

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Program Goals and Objectives
  • To provide a pathway for successful student transition to a Horticulture AAS degree at SUNY Niagara.
  • To provide students with an education in the principles of horticulture that will prepare them for employment in the industry.

Alumni Spotlight

Clark Janson ’16

“I like the roundness of the program. You are ready to go, especially with the associate degree. I really liked the grounds of the campus and the relaxed & personal experience with Faculty; you are not in a 3,000-person lecture hall! Even if there is a course you do not think you will like, pay attention because you never know what you will use in the future; especially with pest management!! Currently, I am working at Lavocat’s Family Greenhouse and Nursery, while I work towards starting my own business.”

Clark Janson

Program Contact

Carolyn A. Stanko, CNLP
Program Co-Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6423
Location: C-249
Division Office: 716-614-6410

Melissa Moore, Cannabis Education

Program Contact

Melissa Moore
Program Co-Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6413
Location: C-257
Division Office: 716-614-6410