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Managing or working in a nursery, garden center or greenhouse requires an in-depth knowledge and understanding of plant growth and development, propagation and pruning, media, disease and insect control. CNGAs' certification programs were designed to meet this need and elevate professional standards throughout our industry.

Our certification programs help ensure our industry professionals are trained and ready to provide the high quality service and support our customers expect from our members.

Certification Benefits.

For employers, certification provides your team members with the knowledge and tools to further extend their value to you and your customers. Certified employees help your business stand out and show your customers that you value their business and want to be of the best possible service to them.

By formalizing their training, employees demonstrate their commitment to the industry and gain professional credibility that stays with them throughout their career.

The Colorado Certified Nursery Professional (CCNP)

  • The CCNP program is offered twice a year, rotating locations from Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and the Denver Metro Area. Employers can be assured that the Nursery Professional is dedicated to the industry and can provide exceptional customer service, knowledge and professionalism. Individuals holding this certification are uniquely trained and qualified personnel who have the highest level of industry knowledge.
  • Companies with Nursery Professionals on staff are listed on the Member Directory page and can be searched for by area within the directory.

Requirements to sit for the exam:

  • At least 2,000 hours of verifiable employment with a Colorado registered greenhouse, garden center, contractor or an allied industry.
  • A completed exam application.

The 2017 CCNP seminars will be held on the dates below in Fort Collins and Denver.

Fort Collins Registration Form.

  • Shrubs: 9am - 4pm, Tuesday, July 18, Fort Collins Nursery, 2121 E. Mulberry Street
  • Perennials: 9am - 3pm, Tuesday, July 25, Gulley Greenhouse, 6029 S. Shields Street
  • Trees: 9am - 3pm, Tuesday, August 1, Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery, 2224 N. Shields Street
  • Landscape Design: 9 am – 3 pm, Tuesday, August 8, Colorado State University Campus
  • Exam: 9am – Noon pm, Tuesday, August 22, Colorado State University Campus.

Denver Registration Form.
Locations to be announced.

  • Perennials: 9am - 4pm, Tuesday, November 7
  • Shrubs: 9am - 3pm, Tuesday, November 14
  • Trees: 9am - 3pm, Tuesday, November 28
  • Landscape Design: 9 am – 3 pm, Tuesday, December 5

Certified Greenhouse Grower Program (CGG)

  • For those wanting to increase their knowledge of greenhouse growing the CGG training seminars and exam are currently offered once a year at the ProGreen Expo in Denver, CO.
  • Earning a certification designation illustrates a higher level of knowledge and professional commitment that benefits both the individual and their employer.

Requirements to sit for the exam:

  • Attendance at all seven of the CGG seminars.
  • At least 2,000 hours of verifiable employment with a registered greenhouse, garden center, contractor or an allied industry.
  • A completed exam application.

RECERTIFICATION

Recertification is required every three years. The purpose of recertification is to encourage you to continue your education, your professional growth, and to continue to provide the highest quality service and support our customers have come to expect from our members. A letter and recertification application will be mailed when it is time to recertify. Please make sure to notify CNGA if you have moved or changed employers to eliminate a possible lapse in certification or a loss of certification status.

The following documentation will be asked for at the time of recertification.

  • A re-certification fee of $50.00 for employees of CNGA-member companies or $100.00 for employees of GreenCO member and non-member companies.
  • At least 2,000 hours spent working for a licensed nursery, garden center, greenhouse, contractor, allied industry, or be a member of a green industry association in Colorado, New Mexico or neighboring Rocky Mountain state.
  • A statement elaborating on the activities that you have done to meet the education and growth goals, such as seminars you have attended or presented (ProGreen classes count), TV/Radio/ Published Media, community service, volunteer work, etc.

You must submit the above mentioned documentation to CNGA prior to the due date listed on your letter. Please make sure to notify CNGA if you have moved or changed employers to eliminate a possible lapse in certification or a loss of certification status.

**Please note that recertification is at the discretion of the Certification Committees.


CERTIFICATION STUDY TOOLS

Landscape Design Study Tool

Plant ID Flash Cards

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