Prior Industry Experience:
It is strongly recommended that candidates have at least 2,000 hours (1 year) of experience in a garden centre setting.
The certification of an individual's competency is accomplished through a series of written and hands-on evaluations.
A pre-evaluating orientation process is also available in most provinces.
Preparing for the Exam:
What help is there to prepare for the exams?
An actual test booklet is included in the exam registration fee, which describes testing stations. The Retail training manual can be purchased for $80.00. Some tutorials are available from participating provincial associations.
Candidates are encouraged to seek additional information sources or tutors for areas in which they are less experienced.
CNLA offers a Canadian landscape plants and flash card learning module. This is an online guide to 350 popular plants used in Canadian landscaping. This is an excellent resource to help prepare for Plant ID. To access it, contact CNLA for login information and follow the link to the CNLA Plant Learning Module at the bottom of this page.
How to Take the Test:
(contact the one closest to you for related workshop dates)
BC Landscape Nursery Association P: 604-574-7772 F: 604-574-7773
Landscape Alberta P: 780-489-1991 F: 780-444-2152
Landscape Ontario P: 905-875-1805 F: 905-875-3942
Landscape Nova Scotia P: 902-463-0519 F: 902-463-6308
Landscape New Brunswick P: 866-752-6862 F: 866-595-5467
Landscape Newfoundland & Labrador P: 709-726-5651 F: 709-726-8441
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There are plenty of career opportunities in the field of horticulture. The Landscape industry has worked closely with the Ministries of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), to provide education at the high school, college and university levels that give individuals the skills they need for a successful career in the industry.
Recognizing Canadian companies that raise the level of professionalism in the landscape industry. 2016 awards ceremony to be held in Kelowna, BC this August.
Canada’s coast to coast, three-day celebration of National Garden Day which is held annually on the Friday before Father’s Day.
National Tree Day
A day set-aside to celebrate Canada's greatest natural resource. Happens the Wednesday of National Forest Week in September.
Minimum standards for the nursery industry, for use by students, educators and professionals.
An independent industry body with a mandate to administer nursery certification programs in Canada.