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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application process?

At this time there is no application process, simply enroll as a candidate student in the Horticulture & Gardening Certificate (CF020). The candidacy fee is $200 and is required for graduation from the Horticulture & Gardening Certificate. It is recommended that students become candidates when they begin taking classes in the program, although they may establish candidacy at any time. To begin the program, simply enroll in one or more courses. The program office recommends starting with Biology X 494 Introduction to Horticulture or Biology X 496.2 General Botany for Gardeners.

You do not have to be a candidate student in the program to take any of the program courses .

How do I know which courses to take?
Simply follow the sequence of courses outlined in the Curriculum Chart published each quarter in the UCLA Extension catalog.
Can I take courses toward my certificate on a pass/not pass status?
No. All courses taken for a certificate program must be taken for a letter grade; a grade of “C” or better is required for the course to count towards the certificate.
How long does it take to complete the certificate?
Students complete their studies at their own pace and can enroll in as many or as few courses as meet their needs. Those who wish to pursue the certificate program can complete their studies in as little as 5 quarters or take up to three years.
How many courses should I take each quarter?
Each quarter is 12 weeks long, and most courses meet once per week for three hours. Full-time enrollment is two courses per quarter but students may take as many courses as they feel comfortable taking.
What time and day are classes offered?
All of our classes meet one time per week for 3 hours per meeting. We currently do not schedule classes on Fridays and rarely schedule classes on Saturdays. Most of our courses have one to two weekend fieldtrips per quarter. We know that many of our students are working professionals, so we try to schedule many of our classes in the evenings during non-work hours (6-10pm).
Where are classes located?
Most of our core courses are held in Westwood Village in Los Angeles, adjacent to UCLA. Other courses are held at the Learning Garden located on the Venice High School campus. 13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Does the program offer job opportunities?
The program office forwards all job opportunities to current candidate students in the Horticulture & Gardening Certificate.
Does the program offer internships?
At this time the Horticulture & Gardening program does not offer formal internship opportunities as part of the program, however when opportunities arise, the program office notifies current candidate students.
How much does the program cost?

See Horticulture and Gardening Certificate Program on the UCLA Extension website for candidacy fee, estimated tuition, and program materials costs.

Program is designed so students pay for classes each quarter as they enroll.

Note: The total program cost is based on regular registration prices and in-class course prices.

Is financial aid available?

Federal financial aid is not available for the Certificate program, but there are number of alternatives. For information on other educational funding opportunities, call the UCLA Extension Financial Aid Office at (310) 825-4246.

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