June 15, 2016
Landscape Ontario and the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association are happy to announce the first Retail Horticulturist test of the year will be held at Sheridan Nurseries in Georgetown on August 8 and 9.

The written test will be administered Aug. 8 and the hands-on testing will take place Aug. 9.

It is recommended individuals have around 2,000 hours of industry experience before attempting the exam to achieve success. At each station, a candidate is required to perform a specific task within an allotted period of time in front of a certified judge. Once all tasks are completed with a mark above 70 per cent, the candidate will be a Certified Landscape Retail Horticulturist and have proved they are at the top of the industry.

Retailers who have certified staff prove they meet industry standards of what a Canadian retailer should be able to offer in terms of service.

A retest opportunity will take place in the fall at the Landscape Ontario site in Milton.

Register by July 18 to take advantage of early bird pricing and save $100 off the regular price of $400 for members and $500 for non-members. A retail training manual is also available. Cost is $80 for members and $100 for non-members.

To register or to order manuals, visit landscapeindustrycertifiedtechnician.ca.

Inquiries about the retail certification can be directed to Colin Tyler Vince at 1-888-446-3499 (ext. 8625) or email colin@cnla-acpp.ca.