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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Horticulture - Landscaping (4149)

Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.
September 2011- Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: describe knowledge of plant characteristics; identify parts of a plant and their purpose/function; demonstrate knowledge of plant classification/taxonomy; determine soil pH and possible modification; describe career opportunities and professional development; identify plant nutrient requirements and types and characteristics of soils and soil components; identify/describe types of fertilizers; list landscaping safety standards; define landscaping terminology; Identify and characterize pests, weed, and disease; demonstrate knowledge of pest management safety; demonstrate methods of pest, weeds, and disease control, including IPM; describe characteristics of irrigation systems, various water control devices, and types of watering techniques; describe methods of propagation; explain environmental management of greenhouses; identify growing structures; compute cost of product; determine mark-up and profit; measure for quantity needed; demonstrate sales techniques; maintain business records; identify landscape areas (private, public, service areas); describe material selection and methods of planting; compute square footage, area, and volume; identify tools and equipment; read blueprints and lay out site plans; construct water features and raised beds; construct decks, patios, and walkways; transplant various types of landscape materials; describe maintenance of equipment; inspect and operate power equipment; compare types and characteristics of grasses; list types of mowers and their uses; identify golf course features and maintenance; identify tree growth characteristics; explain treatment of tree disorders and injuries; explain proper pruning techniques. Performance Component: Identify and Control Pests (22%); Identify Equipment Features (18%); Plant a Container-Grown Shrub (24%); Prune a Tree and an Evergreen Shrub (16%); and Stake out a Site-Plan—Entrance Walkway (20%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Horticulture or Landscaping Fundamentals (11/13) (11/18 revalidation) (11/23 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.