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Certified Plant Professional Short Course

N.C. Cooperative Extension will present this year’s Certified Plant Professional Short Course. Instructors include: Primary Instructors will be local Extension Agents and other faculty. Scroll past the Schedule and Curriculum to see registration information for this course.


Certified Plant Professional Short Course 2019

August 9 – September 12, 2019
The North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806

This class is designed to assist participants in developing their level of knowledge and professionalism in the area of landscape plants and use. While past participants tend to score higher on the Certified Plant Professional exam we do not make any guarantees that you as a student will do so. You will need to make a personal commitment to study the materials provided and attend each class. It should also be noted that individuals with less than one years experience in the green industry are not eligible to take the CPP exam. While this class is a good review for those individuals it would be advisable to wait or retake the class near the date you plan to take the exam.


Schedule and Curriculum

DAY ONE

  • August 9th | 9:00-12:00
    Study Text Material variable dependent on instructor schedules
    Visitor Education Center, Locke Craig Classroom (all of the chapters in the study manual will be covered to prepare attendees for the written exam)
  • August 9th | 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m.
    Shrubs A-J

DAY TWO

  • August 16th | 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
    Study Text Material variable dependent on instructor schedules
    Visitor Education Center, Locke Craig Classroom

  • August 16th | 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m.
    Shrubs K-Y
    Plant Professional Landscape Garden

DAY THREE

  • August 23rd | 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
    Study Text Material variable dependent of instructor schedules
    Visitor Education Center, Locke Craig Classroom

  • August 23rd | 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m.
    Trees A-J
    Plant Professional Landscape Garden (below Arboretum Greenhouse)

DAY FOUR

  • August 30th | 9:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
    Study Text Material variable dependent on instructor schedules
    Visitor Education Center, Locke Craig Classroom

  • August 30th | 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m.
    Trees: K-Z
    Plant Professional Landscape Garden (below Arboretum Greenhouse)

DAY FIVE

  • September 6th | 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:30
    Herbaceous Plants, House Plants, Ground Covers and Grasses.
    Plant Professional Landscape Garden (below Arboretum Greenhouse)

DAY SIX

  •  September 10th REVIEW | 4:00p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Plant Professional Landscape Garden (below Arboretum Greenhouse
    (weather permitting)
  • September 12th EXAM | 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
    Registration at 8:30a.m.
    Visitor Education Center, The NC Arboretum

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Registration will open June 1st, please register by August 3rd. There is a 10-person minimum to hold this class and it will be capped at 30.
CPP Class Registration Form

STUDY MANUAL INFORMATION
Please note that there is a new edition of the study manual. While you may have success passing the written portion of the exam using an older version please be advised that we do recommend that you purchase the new study manual. Purchase the new Certified Plant Professional Study Manual here directly from the publisher.


* A portion of this fee will provide the attendee with a 1 year individual membership to The North Carolina Arboretum Society. Membership benefits include free parking, discounts on education programs and at the gift shops and cafe, special mailings such as the newsletter and education program information, invitations to member events, and reciprocal privileges with more than 200 American Horticultural Society gardens nationwide. Your membership begins on the first day of class. After one year you will receive an invitation to renew your Arboretum membership. For more information about the Arboretum and membership benefits visit ncarboretum.org.