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Old 03-24-2013, 12:02 PM
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do you think a degree in landscaping is necessary for success in landscaping?

I always hear the term the more you learn the more you earn,which is true. But do you need a degree in landscaping for success.I know the more certifications you have the more you look better on paper.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:13 PM
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If you have no degree but you have experience on the field it balances out.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:47 PM
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If you have no degree but you have experience on the field it balances out.
I agree with this. I do not have a degree, but I have taken some formal classes. However, my family owns the largest greenhouse/garden center business in the area, which I grew up working at, so much of my knowledge comes from there.

You need to have something. A degree is not always that something, but it can be.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:18 PM
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If you have no degree but you have experience on the field it balances out.
No it doesn't. If I had a nickel for every "school of life" contractor that didn't know their head from their ass .....
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:00 PM
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If you have no degree but you have experience on the field it balances out.
Agree, years of experience is worth WAY more than a 4 year degree. Way more.
That said, never stop learning whether it is books, trade shows, seminars, etc.
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:05 AM
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Agree, years of experience is worth WAY more than a 4 year degree. Way more.
That said, never stop learning whether it is books, trade shows, seminars, etc.
A degree and then decades of experience to verify all of the book learning is the way to go. I know enough degree holders that are no more than lab rats. On the other hand, I also know too many people who would do well to re learn the business starting with going through the 4 year turfgrass management and ornamentals program at the university.
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It certainly can't hurt. But starting out early in life in the biz is also the way to go. If you're not into all the "fancy book learnin'", then go to a Trade/Vocational school and get a certificate. Other credentials you can get are Master Gardener, and Certified Arborist.
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Old 03-24-2013, 12:43 PM
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I'll graduate with an Associate's in Horticulture/Landscape in May. My teachers are awesome and the amount learned and the networking is priceless. Plus when I say I'm in school/graduated with a degree, it separates my company from the 60% of companies, most are sh!theads out running around with no clue about anything.
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Sure can't hurt. Besides some of the degree will be towards business and that will pay big in the scheme of things.
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Is it necessary? No. Is it a good thing to have? Yes.
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