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Certificate Program in Landscape Architecture

Note: We currently are not accepting new certificate registrations for this program. Courses in the existing curriculum will continue to run as scheduled for a limited time. Contact the department for more details.

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.

Taught by industry professionals, the curriculum enables you to develop aesthetic sensitivity and environmental awareness, a thorough knowledge of historical precedent, a definable and defensible design methodology, the technical knowledge and skills necessary to compete effectively for jobs, and a comprehensive portfolio. Designed to comply with the highest standards of the profession, the curriculum encourages individual creativity while emphasizing the practical applications of design solutions. It also helps you qualify to sit for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards' Landscape Architect Registration Exam (LARE).


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

If you possess a degree in architecture, interior design, civil engineering, or urban planning and design, you may be granted advanced standing admission and exempt from some preliminary coursework. You must pay a separate registration fee if you qualify for advanced standing. Contact the department for complete details on advanced standing registration.


Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum comprises 19 required courses and 5 units of electives for a total of 62 semester units (942 hours of instruction). 

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.

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 extension-landarch@berkeley.edu 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.

Additional Information

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.