What does it take to be a Certified Professional Horticulturist? Ever wonder about endorsements in the landscape industry? Why should I hire a C.P.H. for my landscape needs? Learn more here . . .
To become a Certified Professional Horticulturist there is a 3 part exam consisting of about 3 hours of testing that includes; 282 plants to identify, general horticultural knowledge and a landscape design portion. Once all 3 parts of the test are passed, then 2000 work hours must be approved and 15 annual hours of continuing education credits per year maintain the professional credentials and skills. Annual fees also apply.
Besides the Certified Professional Horticulturist endorsement, there are a few other professional endorsements that are equally valid. The EcoPro endorsement focuses on sustainable approaches to landscape improvements. The goals include soil, water and air quality, public health, protection and creation of wildlife habitat and healthy approaches for landscapes. More information can be found here; Ecopro
Finally, hiring a C.P.H. is your insurance that your landscape professional or retail garden center staff are dedicated to ongoing education in the landscape industry. Not only does the landscape professional have a base of education to rely on but also can easily be in contact with other industry professionals and support staff willing to assist when questions arise. This verification of knowledge and skill through the C.P.H. endorsement is a marker of understanding local plant growth conditions, invasive species, diagnosing plant problems as well as design fundamentals and mature sizes.
It has been a joy to maintain my C.P.H. endorsement for almost 15 years! Not only is the ongoing education inspirational but having the opportunity to learn from others in the industry is invaluable. This professional certification promotes research-based approaches that allows me to best support you and your landscape. There is a C.P.H. board and staff that work tirelessly to stay current with new pest and disease issues as well as offer educational experiences focused on climate changes affecting our landscapes and legislation aimed at protecting our environment and our landscapes. Know a pro. Hire a pro! Hire a C.P.H!
Learn more about the Certified Professional Horticulturist endorsement here.