Green Industry Apprenticeship programs:


Michigan workers and career seekers, like you, are looking for opportunities to fast track their career goals, avoid debt, and earn competitive wages. The Green Industry Apprenticeship Programs can put you on that career pathway today!
What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a recognized credential.

There are two Michigan Green Industry Apprenticeships: the Nursery Technician and Landscape Management Technician. Each are one-year programs that have these five components that differentiate apprenticeships from other types of workplace training programs in several ways:

  1. PAID JOB - Apprenticeships are jobs! Get paid to learn throughout your apprenticeship with a guaranteed wage increase as you develop new skills.
  2. WORK-BASED LEARNING - Gain structured on-the-job learning to prepare for a successful career with 2,000 hours of on-the-job training.
  3. CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION/RELATED LEARNING – Classroom and self-paced study through a comprehensive apprenticeship manual is provided, allowing for 144 hours of education with no student debt.
  4. MENTORSHIP - Gain workplace-relevant skills in the field of your choice through on-the-job learning and under the supervision of an experienced mentor.
  5. CREDENTIAL – Earn an industry-recognized credential.

For more information or to get started in your new career as either a Nursery Technician or the Landscape Management Technician Apprenticeship please contact Amy Upton at or by calling (517) 381-0437.

Education Opportunities

Higher education in Michigan offering horticulture, plant biology,  and  landscape
programs include Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Northwestern Michigan College, Muskegon Community College, and Wayne County Community College District – Downriver – Taylor. 


Michigan State University offers programs in landscape architecture Learn more about Landscape Architecture programs here>


Michigan State University also offers programs in horticulture Learn more about horticulture programs here>
University of Michigan offers programs in plant science Learn more here>


Northwestern Michigan College offer Plant Science - Landscape Management Program Learn more here>


Many degree types are useful including business degrees, for a list of all Colleges and Universities offering degree programs click  the link below, and find one near you today!

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Licenses & Certifications