On a new career path or thinking about a career change?
Think about upgrading your professional profile and actively pursing a prestigious NYBG Certificate. Develop new skills, contacts, and cross-disciplinary experience. Catch up with the latest industry changes. A NYBG Certificate is a serious credential that tells employers and clients that you’ve made a serious commitment to your professional development.
Want to jump on the fast track? Take advantage of an opportunity to really accelerate your progress in Floral Design, Botanical Art, Landscape Design, Horticultural Therapy, or Gardening by enrolling in one of our Summer Intensive Programs. You can complete up to half the requirements toward your Certificate in just a few weeks!
NYBG Certificate Programs Requirements
The Botanical Art & Illustration requirements provide a solid foundation in scientifically accurate drawing based on observation and fine art techniques.
Certificate students must complete 221 total course hours (167 required + 54 elective). Students are also required to submit a portfolio showcasing class assignments and their own unique creations to Program Coordinator Robin Jess at email@example.com.
Plus one of the following:
The NYBG Landscape Design Certificate Program prepares students for creative careers as landscape designers. Licensed by the New York State Department of Education, the Certificate Program is recognized as high quality and career oriented.
Certificate students must complete 349 total required course hours.
TIER 1—INTRODUCTORY CLASSES
The NYBG Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program helps students begin or complement their careers through an in-depth exploration of skills and innovative methods using plants and the growing environment to heal and rehabilitate people. Licensed by the New York State Department of Education, the Certificate Program is recognized as high quality and career oriented.
Certificate students must complete 189 total course hours (181 required + 8 site visit hours), plus a 100-hour internship.
Horticultural Therapy Site Visits
The NYBG Floral Design Certificate Program helps you develop your own aesthetic and master the mechanics for everything from simple bouquets to grand-scale arrangements, while giving you a practical, real-world, business foundation.
Certificate students must complete 152 total course hours (120 required + 32 elective), plus an 80-hour internship. Students are also required to submit a portfolio showcasing photographs of class assignments and their own unique creations.
The NYBG Gardening Certificate Program covers sustainable gardening techniques, soil science, plant propagation, and garden care and design.
Certificate students must complete 187 total course hours (164 required + 23 elective).
Elective GAR or HRT courses
During the NYBG Botany Certificate Program, students will come to know plants: how they function, grow, develop, and reproduce; and learn to identify a wide array of plants by stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits.
Certificate students must complete 169 total course hours (111 required + 58 elective).
One of the four Native Flora courses:
The NYBG Horticulture Program blends classroom theory with field studies in the Garden’s historic landscape, teaching students how to form and care for healthy, sustainable landscapes. Licensed by the New York State Department of Education, the Certificate Program is recognized as high quality and career oriented.
This program offers a high standard of training in four areas of concentration:
TRACK 1: PLANT PRODUCTION
Gain the skills to propagate and produce an array of native and non-native plants for nurseries, garden centers, and landscape-restoration projects.
Certificate students must complete 160 total course hours.
TRACK 2: SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT
Understand landscape maintenance and management practices using the concept “right plant—right place” in residential and commercial landscapes.
Certificate students must complete 201 total course hours.
TRACK 3: ARBORICULTURE
Know how to grow, prune, care for, and manage trees in parks, residential sites, and urban environments.
Certificate students must complete 192 total course hours.
TRACK 4: SUSTAINABLE GARDEN DESIGN
Be able to design small-scale gardens for homes, communities, and private clients.
Certificate students must complete 209 total course hours.
NYBG Urban Naturalists will learn to keenly observe the natural world using a variety of scientific tools. You’ll also create scientifically useful records—written, hand-drawn, and photographs—of your observations.
TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS 96
Elective Credits (See current electives below) 36
Introduction to Natural History
Natural History of Birds
Natural History of Insects**
Urban Ecology Field Study Workshop**
Two of the four Native Flora courses:
Native Flora in Autumn
Native Flora in Winter
Native Flora in Spring**
Native Flora in Summer**
Hawk Watch and Fall Migration
Winter in the Bronx: Seals, Loons, and Owls
The Unseen World with Eugenia Bone
Mannahatta and Beyond with Eric Sanderson
The Science of Tree Communication
The Hidden World of Lichens
**Courses offered in the Spring–Summer Catalog
FIELD STUDY PROJECT
In order to receive a Certificate, you must submit a final project is an in-depth study of a natural site of your choosing, which should be done based on observations made over many months. Your study will include the geology and human history of your patch, a survey of the plants and animals found there, and a plan for how the site can be improved to provide ecological and social benefits. Guidelines can be obtained from the Registration Office.
In order to be considered for graduation, you must submit a project proposal for approval to Mike Feller, the Program Coordinator. If you would like to graduate in June 2019, the final project due date is April 26, 2019.
Certificate Graduation Ceremony
The 2018 ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 3. If you expect to complete your Certificate requirements or enroll in all remaining classes by May 25, you must inform the Manager of Student Services in writing or by completing the Application for Graduation form by February 23. You will be informed if you are eligible for a Certificate by April 20.
Call the Registration Office at 718.817.8747 with any questions.