Training professionals in the core knowledge of horticultural therapy
Based in Denver, Colorado, the Institute has reached students from nearly every state in the U.S. and across the globe through an intensive course format. Additionally, we have expanded to offer certificate courses in other parts of the U.S.
Unique course format:
- Accommodates working adults and students
- Requires minimal travel, with only four visits to the class site
- Offers significant face-to-face instruction and interaction
- Four or five day class meetings combined with pre and post-class assignments done at home.
- Provides opportunities to capitalize on the breadth of experience of students and instructors
- Allows certificate completion in one year.
HTI program objectives
The certificate program gives students the skills necessary to establish, manage and work in viable, effective HT programs.Through a curriculum based on recognized competencies, students experience practical problem-solving, as well as discussion of the “heart” of the human/nature connection. Students with diverse life experiences contribute to a rich forum of ideas throughout the courses and serve as a network of resources to enhance budding HT programs. The certificate programs offers:
- Four courses designed to train professionals in the core knowledge of HT.
- Classroom experiences combined with assignments and projects accomplished at a distance.
- Classes and distance assignments that are practical, useful, real-world experiences — enabling students to gain proficiency and confidence to practice HT in their own communities.
- High-quality educational opportunities with faculty members who are experienced and enthusiastic practitioners and educators.
- AHTA accredited certificate program.
- Optional Academic Credit from Colorado State University
Horticultural Therapy Institute’s Curriculum
Educational options that work
An emphasis on horticultural therapy education enables the Institute to focus resources and effectively respond to change.
- Includes four courses
- Offers accredited course content
- Moves students through the program at an accelerated pace
- Makes it possible to complete a certificate in one year
- Meets in four face-to-face sessions (reduced from five sessions in the past)
- Saves travel costs, without raising overall tuition
- Incorporates more distance experiences
Courses are offered in a hybrid distance-learning format where students come to a specific location in the U.S. for a four or five-day intensive class and then return home.
Students begin in the fall with Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy, followed by one class each semester, ending the following fall. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy. However, because subsequent classes build upon the content learned in previous courses, there are prerequisites for each of them. In most years we offer Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy in three locations around the country. The remaining three courses in the certificate series are offered in Colorado (the home base of the HT Institute) and one other location around the country. Recently the Institute has been alternating classes between California and North Carolina every other year. The course curriculum at each location is the same and courses can be taken at either location.
Does the curriculum meet the professional registration requirements of the American Horticultural Therapy Association?
Yes, the four courses total 9 credits and include the topics required for horticultural therapy coursework.
I have taken classes in the past from HTI. Can I still complete a certificate?
Yes! Please contact us for guidance in which classes to enroll, as some content has shifted from course to course.
Do I have to take the classes in order?
The beginning class, Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy is a prerequisite for the remaining four classes. The curriculum builds upon the prior class and it’s recommended to take them in order. On occasion a student will be allowed to miss a class and join the next class with the permission of the director.
Are there entrance requirements?
No. Simply enroll in the beginning class, Fundamentals of Horticultural Therapy.