Greenhouse Grow Operations Certificate

Curriculum HRT.GGO.CERT (C401H)

(Total Program Credits: 16)

Designed for learners who wish to obtain gainful employment in a greenhouse growing operation that provides students with the training and necessary background to pursue a career in the cannabis industry, urban food production, and ornamental, tropical and herbaceous plant production. The Greenhouse Grow Operations Certificate is stackable into other Horticulture degrees and certificates allowing the opportunity to continue education in the discipline.


Upon successful completion of the Greenhouse Grow Operations Certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • describe life cycles and hosts of insects;
  • identify the types of insect prevention and controls including sustainable practices;
  • appropriately select and prepare various types of pesticides;
  • discuss the environmental impact of pesticides;
  • manage pathogenic organisms with various means, including Integrated Pest Management;
  • explain sexual and asexual reproduction;
  • demonstrate plant hybridization;
  • identify problems associated with plant growth and development and recommend treatments;
  • select among various types of media, fertilizers, and growth hormones;
  • apply the basic principles of propagation, sexually and asexually; and
  • practice appropriate safety procedures and properly use tools associated with the horticulture industry.

(Fall 2021)

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
HRT 127Entomology: Insects, People and Plants

3 credits

HRT 128Plant Pathology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
HRT 125Plants and Society

4 credits

HRT 126Plant Propagation/Greenhouse Operations

3 credits


HRT 135Soils and Fertilizers

3 credits


Program electives

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:10

Program electives (0-3):

Course NumberTitleCredits
HRT 145Deciduous Plant Identification

3 credits

HRT 225Evergreens, Vines, Groundcovers

3 credits

HRT 261Herbaceous Ornamental Plants

3 credits

HRT 265Vegetable and Herb Gardening

3 credits

HRT 296Special Topics in Horticulture #

0.5 - 3 credits

SAT 220Urban Food Production Systems

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 16

See HRT course descriptions.

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Adjunct Faculty: Edward Del Beccaro, Email:; and David Coulter, Email:; Susan Kauffman, Email:; Mitchell Murdock, Email:; Mark Omi, Email:; Margarita Poromanska, Email:; Will Spiegelberg, Email:; Koch Unni, Email:

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Phone: (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3550