Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program Application

Application deadline: November 1, 2014. This is a limited-enrollment curriculum. Early submission of complete application materials is highly encouraged.

To apply for admission to the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program, the following documents
are required:

  • A completed admission application (fill in online form below)
  • A one-page essay on why you wish to enter into the field of Horticultural Therapy (can be attached to online form)
  • Three professional letters of reference
  • A current resume that highlights work experience relevant to your professional goals (can be attached to online form)
  • One set of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions (see below for instructions)
  • Verification of all relevant training and professional experience
    (e.g., photocopy of professional licensure forms)
  • A current TB test, which may be requested and then submitted after provisional acceptance into the program

Official Transcript
An official transcript is one that has been received directly from the issuing institution. It must bear an institutional validation (such as seal, logo, letterhead), date, and appropriate signature. Transcripts received that do not meet these requirements will not be considered official.

Guidelines for submitting materials

After submitting your initial online admission application, the following materials must be submitted together: one page essay, resume, documentation of all relevant training and professional experience, and when possible, the three letters of reference. Electronic files are preferred. Please label electronic files in the following format: Lastname_documenttype (e.g. John Doe’s file: doe_essay.doc).

Please send accompanying application materials and transcripts to htcertificate@chicagobotanic.org or to this address:

Chicago Botanic Garden
c/o Certificate Programs
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022

You will be notified of your application status prior to December 1, 2014. Accepted students will receive detailed instructions via email on the registration and enrollment process with Oakton Community College. After students complete the Oakton application, they are batch registered into the appropriate courses by the Oakton Community College enrollment center. 

If you have questions about your application or the Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program, please contact Adult Education at htcertificate@chicagobotanic.org.

*Please note that applications will not be finalized until all required application materials as defined above, have been received.

(if applicable)


Please include one set of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions

High School
Colleges and Universities
Transcripts verifying appropriate college course work in Horticulture must be provided.
Optional Information
The Chicago Botanic Garden is dedicated to providing the best educational programs possible to the widest range of people. We ask that you provide the following information to assist us in our continuing efforts at improving the education programs.

I certify the above statements are complete and correct. I understand that if I withhold or give false information on this application it may make me ineligible for admission to the college or subject me to dismissal.