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Plant Health Management Career Pathway Certificate

CPCC Career Pathway Certificate of Completion
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Cultivate a thriving career with a Plant Health Management Certificate 

Champion environmental sustainability at Clackamas Community College. Are you passionate about the environment and driven to make a positive impact? Do you have a keen eye for detail and enjoy problem solving? If so, a career in plant health management could be the perfect path for you. 

In Clackamas Community College's Plant Health Management Certificate program, you will embark on a rewarding journey to become a guardian of plant life. You will gain the in-depth knowledge and practical skills needed to identify, diagnose and manage the various threats that endanger plants, including: 

  • Destructive pests: Learn to recognize and control insects, mites and other organisms that can devastate crops, gardens and natural ecosystems. 
  • Devastating diseases: Develop the expertise to diagnose and manage plant diseases caused by fungi, bacteria and viruses, ensuring the health and productivity of our plant resources. 
  • Invasive species: Gain the knowledge to combat the spread of invasive plants that disrupt ecological balance and threaten native plant communities. 

By mastering these skills, you can safeguard plant health and contribute to a flourishing ecosystem. Play a vital role in supporting the sustainability of plant resources, ensuring their continued health and abundance for generations to come. 

This program is more than just acquiring technical skills; it is about embracing a deeper connection with the natural world and actively participating in its preservation and well-being. If you are passionate about protecting plants, promoting environmental sustainability and fostering a thriving future for our planet, then Clackamas Community College's Plant Health Management Certificate program is waiting for you.

For detailed description and outcomes for this program, view the course catalog.

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Job Outlook

A growing field with rewarding opportunities 

The demand for skilled plant health professionals is steadily rising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 7% job growth for agricultural and food scientists, including plant health specialists, over the next decade. This translates to exciting career opportunities in many sectors. 

For more information on career opportunities for this program, view the course catalog.

Learn the art and science of plant protection 

Our program equips you with a comprehensive skill set to excel in the plant health field. You should: 

  • Recognize and control pests: Learn to identify common weeds, insects and diseases that threaten plant life. 
  • Implement effective control measures: Understand and apply integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, using safe and sustainable methods for pest control. 
  • Navigate pesticide regulations: Gain a solid understanding of pesticide laws and regulations to ensure responsible and compliant practices. 
  • Cultivate critical thinking and problem-solving skills: Develop the ability to diagnose plant problems, assess situations and implement effective solutions. 

By the end of this program, you should be well-equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to confidently enter the workforce and make a significant contribution to the horticulture industry. 

For more information on expected outcomes of successfully completing this program, view the course catalog.

Investing in your future

Clackamas Community College offers some of the lowest tuition rates in the Portland metro area. To begin building the cost for your program, you can start with the base estimate below. 

This estimate includes the cost of tuition and the general fees applied per class and per academic term. This estimate does not include additional fees required for many courses or the cost of course materials. Contact the program to learn more about additional costs that may apply. 

You can also find more information about the costs of attending CCC on the Tuition and Fees page.

Get help paying for college

Scholarships and grants (free money!) are available for students in this program. For help with financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Resource Lab.  


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National Association of Landscape Professionals

This is the only nationally recognized endorsement offered to colleges with landscape/horticulture curricula. It is designed to recognize schools with landscape contracting curricula that meet or exceed industry standards. Visit the National Association of Landscape Professionals website for more information. 

See where your certificate can take you

The classes you take in this program can help you earn additional certificates or degrees. Take one step at a time and know that each step gets you closer to your future goals. Even if you decide to change direction later, you will have a solid foundation to build on to keep moving forward.

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