Landscaping, Pre-Apprentice

Landscaping, Pre-Apprentice

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Have you always had a green thumb? Are you interested in working outside? Do you enjoy working with your hands and as a team? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Landscaping, Pre-Apprentice training program. Pre-apprenticeships are focused on preparing students for a successful experience in a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). That means your hands-on training will be based on industry standards in order to prepare you for high-skill, quality employment.   

On the job, you will ...

  • Plant flowers, shrubs, trees and other vegetation to create new outdoor spaces or upgrade existing ones 

  • Trim, fertilize, mulch and water plants 

  • Grade and install lawns or construct hardscapes, such as walkways, patios and decks 

  • Install lighting or sprinkler systems 

  • Attend to a variety of residential and commercial settings, such as apartment buildings, homes, hotels and motels, office buildings, and shopping malls 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Landscaping Job Corps graduates go to work as groundskeepers, outdoor maintenance workers or gardeners.  

The credentials you will earn ...

Upon completing the Landscaping, Pre-Apprentice program, you can earn industry-recognized credentials from organizations including:

  • National Assocation of Homebuilders (NAHB)
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)
  • North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program.

In addition to their core skills, students will complete at least one specialty area of study. Areas include:

  • Hardscaping – Wood
  • Hardscaping – Masonry
  • Low-Voltage Lighting
  • Landscaping Plumbing
  • Interior-Scaping
  • Greenhouse Maintenance
  • Rainwater Collection, Distribution and Control

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 

  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 

  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 

  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 

* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
Meet your instructors

Meet your instructors

Kevin Brandon
Kevin Brandon is the lead Landscaping instructor at Brunswick Job Corps Center. Kevin holds several certifications, including those in OSHA 502, photovoltaic and Ramset tools. In his free time, Kevin enjoys boating, fishing, traveling and supporting the University of Georgia Bulldogs.