The Detroit Training’s Center Landscaping Training Courses are designed to prepare students for a career in the landscape industry. Students receive hands-on instruction in topics such as Turf Maintenance, Horticulture, Landscape Construction, Irrigation, and more from instructors who have years of specialized experience working in those fields. The majority of the instruction is conducted in our outdoor training facility where students have the opportunity to apply their classroom instruction on a real landscape project. Students will be exposed to work situations, tools, and equipment commonly found on landscape projects.
Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator
This course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to help them successfully pass the required State of Michigan exam for Commercial Pesticide Application. We provide training for categories: 1A, 1D, 3A, 3B, 6, 7A, 7B, 9. Please see page for additional information.
English as Second Language for Landscaping
This course is designed for companies or individuals interested in teaching Spanish speaking workers conversational English terms and concepts in order to effectively communicate with English speaking workers and supervisors. Graduates are able to communicate in the written word as well as orally to allow them to speak with customers as well as co-workers.
Introduction To Turf Management
This course is designed to educate new employees in the turf management industry. Students will spend approximately 20% of their training in the classroom followed by 80% hands on. Students will learn to effectively operate line trimmers, edgers, blowers, push mowers, and basic maintenance of two cylinder gasoline engines mowing frequency and height.
Intermediate Turf Management
This course is designed for experienced employees of turf management companies who wish to update their professional knowledge of lawn equipment and seek management positions. Students will learn to use walk-behind mowers, zero turn mowers, striping, trailer pulling, equipment maintenance, route optimization, time management, and crew supervision. Some of the other areas that will be covered will include basic seeding, and sodding techniques, fertilization, watering & drainage, weed identification and control, fungus identification and control, and soil structure.
Introduction to Snow Removal
This course is designed for companies or individuals interested in proper snow removal techniques. Hands on instruction will include correct use of different models of snow blowers, shovels, optimal snow relocation, de-icing applications through pusher spreaders, and correct marking and use of site maps. Students will also gain experience in basic equipment maintenance.
Intermediate Snow Removal
This course is designed for companies or individuals interested in proper snow removal techniques. Hands on segments include learning about tailgate spreaders, V box spreaders, route optimization, time management, chemical applications, and snow removal from site, equipment and crew management. Students also gain experience in equipment and vehicle maintenance. Students will learn how to plow using various types of vehicles, for example; ATV, Bobcats, skid steers, backhoes, wheel loaders, dump trucks, front end loaders and standard pickup trucks. They will also learn plowing techniques using different makes and models of plowing equipment, for example; Straight Plow and V-Plow.
Advanced Snow Removal
This course is designed for experienced snow plow operators interested in starting and running a successful snow removal business. Students will learn how to manage the snow business, not just the snow event, take the guesswork out of insurance and legal issues, increase sales potential, lead a company to greater success. Students will also learn how to bid and secure contracts and subcontracting opportunities.Students will gain increased knowledge of all aspects of running a snow removal business. Hands on segments include route optimization, time management for large commercial sites, creating new marketing opportunities, taking pride and putting professionalism in their work.
Introduction to Irrigation
This course is designed for students new to the irrigation industry. In this introductory course students will learn the basics of irrigation installation. Topics that will be covered include: introduction to irrigation, product identification and terminology, basics of an irrigation system, and basic design considerations. Hands on segments include techniques in installation, system set-up and fine tuning, and installation maintenance including head replacement, low voltage wiring problem solving, and repairing or replacing a damaged water line.
This Intermediate Irrigation course takes students through the important topics related to the repair and maintenance of efficient irrigation systems. This class is ideal for irrigation service technicians, irrigation system managers, distributor personnel or other irrigation professionals that want a better understanding of the set-up and maintenance of efficient, effective irrigation systems. A number of different problem scenarios are covered from symptoms and possible causes to investigation and ultimately, resolution. Controller programming, electrical troubleshooting, valve and head troubleshooting are a few of the topics examined in great detail. Hands on segments include hands on troubleshooting of irrigation systems.
In the first part of the advanced course students will learn the Landscape Irrigation Design process. The key to the popularity of this course is its “practice what you learn” approach. Throughout the course, there are opportunities to perform practical exercises in residential design. Graduates will know how to: obtain accurate site information, identify and lay out hydro-zones, select and lay out components, use hydraulic principles to establish zones and pipe layouts, and prepare a final irrigation plan.
The second part of the advanced course focuses on the introduction to landscape irrigation pumps. This portion of the advanced class is orientated towards students wanting to gain additional skills in working with residential and small commercial landscape irrigation pumps. Students attending this part of the advanced course will be able to identify, select, operate and troubleshoot irrigation pumps commonly used in residential and small commercial landscape irrigation.
Introduction to Horticulture
This course is designed for students that are new to the horticulture industry. In this introductory course students will learn the basics of horticulture, plant growth including crop selection and management, crop geography, environmental factors affecting plant growth and development, and reproductive development. After completing this course students will have a basic understanding of plant science, soils and fertilizers, plant selection, plant pests, so installation, maintenance, and basic gardening techniques. Students will also gain an understanding of landscape maintenance including, plant growth and development related to pruning, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, transplanting; development of landscape management specifications. Also included are integrated plant management and plant health care programs.
This Intermediate horticulture course takes students through the important topics related to plant mineral nutrition, training and pruning plants, and learning about different species of trees, plants, shrubs, flowers, plants, weeds, grasses, and mineral elements required by plants. After completing this course students will have the knowledge of essential elements, effect of soil and potting media on nutrient availability, absorption and function in plant physiology, and nutrient deficiency and toxicity symptoms. Student will also have an understanding of the methods of monitoring and managing plant nutrient levels, principles and techniques of pruning for landscape and nursery ornament’s, and tree and small fruit.
The program provides courses that cover a broad overview of horticultural production including nursery, greenhouse, and edible food crop production as well as coursework in horticultural business management. Production courses are balanced with basic coursework in plant physiology, nutrition, and irrigation science to provide students with an excellent foundation for a horticultural management position. Reinforce the following concepts: Landscape Computer Aided Design, Culinary and Medicinal Herbs Description, Organic Farming Principles and Practices, Compost Production and Use, Landscape Design and Management Specifications, Tree Fruit Production and Management, Berry Crop Production and Management, Vegetable Production and Management, Handling and Storage of Horticultural Crops.
Introduction to Landscape Business Ownership and Management
This course is designed for entrepreneurs interested in starting and running a successful business in the landscape industry. Students will learn how to manage a landscape business, gain an understanding of insurance and legal issues, how to increase sales potential and successful company leadership. Lecture and hands on segments include route optimization, time management for large commercial sites, and creating new marketing opportunities. This will include product targeting, market segmentation, distribution and advertising. Additionally, course topics include landscape contract management, maintenance operations, estimating and bidding procedures, contracts, installation techniques for hardscapes and plant material.
Introduction to Landscape Forestry
This course is designed for companies or individuals interested in learning the basic skills necessary to work successfully and safely for a tree company, nursery, municipality, or in the forestry division of a landscape maintenance firm. We will spend a great deal of time on safe techniques regarding operation of forestry equipment, and being in and around a active forestry work zone. We will cover an introduction to chain saws, stump grinders, different types of saws and pruners and of course chippers.
Intermediate Landscape Forestry
This course is designed for companies or individuals interested in taking the principles from the introductory course and expanding on them to bring you that much closer to being a certified arborist. We will go further in depth with plant and tree identification. We will also cover plant and tree health practices from blanket spraying to root injection.
Advanced Landscape Forestry
This course is designed for experienced climbers and arborists who wish to enhance their skills in any specific area. The course cover advanced rigging, roping and climbing techniques. Advanced instrumentation associated with the forestry industry is also covered.
Introduction to Landscape Construction
This course is designed for companies or individuals to develop an understanding of basic landscape construction projects. Other components of the course include: construction, documentation, basic construction detailing, sheet layout and organization. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation for the skills relating to using standard tools of the landscape construction industry.. Students will acquire basic skills in the use, manipulation and installation of materials commonly found used in landscape construction, further develop landscape grading and drainage knowledge, and gain an understanding of low voltage landscape lighting installation and maintenance.
Intermediate Landscape Construction
This course is designed for companies or individuals interested in developing new skills in the landscape construction field not previously mastered. . This course can be used as a refresher course for a specific skill set such as brick paving and outdoor fireplaces/kitchen construction. Graduates of this course will have a fundamental understanding of grading, tree and shrub installation, drainage and low voltage lighting installation.
Advanced Landscape Construction
This course is designed for experienced landscape industry employees to use this course as a foundation to work as a landscape gardener or contractor. Course content includes tools and machinery, landscape plans and setting out a construction site, drainage, earthworks, surfaces, paths, paving and turf, construction of garden structures, irrigation systems, establishing hedges and other plants, workplace safety and management of landscape construction work.
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Students receive hands-on instruction in topics such as Turf Maintenance, Horticulture, Landscape Construction, and Irrigation.