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 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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