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Certificate Program in Landscape Architecture

Successful work in landscape architecture requires a comprehensive, multidisciplinary education in aspects of botany, horticulture, architecture, ecology and more. Without requiring prior background, the Certificate Program in Landscape Architecture prepares you for entry-level positions in the profession and for continued professional achievement and advancement.

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Prerequisites for Admission

Introductory courses in the Certificate Program in Landscape Architecture are open to all; you do not need to register for the certificate to take the intro courses. However, be aware that most courses have prerequisites. In particular, studio courses need to be taken in the proper sequence with the required prerequisites. Please read prerequisites for each course carefully.

A bachelor's degree (in any field) is required to register for the Certificate Program in Landscape Architecture.

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 19 required courses and 5 units of electives for a total of 62 semester units (942 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

Required courses must be taken for a letter grade and you must earn a C or better in all courses; if a course is taken on a not-for-credit basis, it cannot be applied toward the certificate. A Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.85 or higher. Most part-time students complete the required courses in four to five years, taking two to three courses per term. All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate, at which a new registration can be paid.

This is a professionally oriented certificate; consequently, standards and expectations of our students are high. All courses are demanding and require an extraordinary commitment of time and energy. Spending 10 hours per week to complete homework in the foundation courses and more than 20 hours per week in the advanced courses is not uncommon.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum (domestic students only). To register online for the Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The certificate has an estimated total cost of $24,000 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to or call (510) 664-7824. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

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Professional Organizations
Landscape Architects Technical Committee This professional certificate is certified by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC) of the California Architects Board. Successful completion of the certificate provides qualification credit and the educational foundation needed for the state licensing examination.