Hardscape Installation Certificate



If you are new to Hardscape Installation, this part time program will introduce you to basic professional techniques with a focus on the use of hand tools. The class runs 8 Saturdays (10:00 am – 4:30 pm). Mornings are spent learning theory in a classroom; afternoons are spent outdoors in a hands-on lab, held rain or shine.

Topics covered include:

  • Supplies and tools
  • Walkways, driveways and patios (concrete paver, stepping stone, flagstone, gravel)
  • Walls (dry stack, engineered, manufactured, wood, gabion)
  • Water features
  • Low voltage lighting
  • Garden accents
  • Safety
  • Estimating and design


Students should meet all the following prerequisites before registering:

  • Hardscape installation is physically challenging work and participants should be in good physical condition
  • Students are expected to wear steel toe work boots, gloves, safety glasses and weather-hardy workwear for the hands-on portion of the class


To graduate, students must meet all the following requirements:

  • Minimum 90% attendance in class and 100% attendance in labs
  • Minimum 75% on quizzes
  • Completion of all assignments and homestudy


This course would be of interest to:

  • Those currently working in the horticulture industry who want to include hardscape skills in their qualifications
  • Owners of landscape businesses who have no hardscape experience but would like to offer hardscape installation to their customers
  • Homeowners wanting to install their own hardscape in a professional manner


Janis has owned her own landscape company since 1994 and focuses on creating unique and usable residential landscapes. Her business includes landscape design, landscape installation, landscape construction and maintenance. Janis is an I.S.A Certified Arborist and Certified Tree Assessor, is certified in paver installation (CPI) and irrigation installation. Janis’ teaching experience includes Kwantlen Polytechnic University, VandDusen Botanical Gardens and many seminars at garden clubs, master gardener programs as well as the BC Home and Garden Show.


Janis had a wealth of information, was very pleasant to deal with and always helped explain anything we did not understand.(Fall 2018)
The classes were great, very informative and lots of fun!! And I liked the instructors very much, very knowledgeable!(Fall 2017)
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