On February 18, 2009, be among the first in the country to take (and hopefully pass) the test to become a Certified Horticulturist! The national CH program is geared toward working, paid, professional horticulturists who may or may not have any formal horticultural education.
The goals of the program are simple:
- To promote horticultural industry standards and to provide a means to verify professional competence in the field of horticulture.
- To identify professionals who demonstrate an established level of knowledge, skills, and expertise in the field of horticulture and to provide prospective employers and members of the public with a means to identify qualified horticulturists.
- To provide horticulturists with the opportunity to validate their professional competency.
- To raise awareness and confidence in the field of horticulture and to acknowledge a commitment to the public and government to foster quality horticultural services.
- To enhance knowledge and skills in the profession through continuing education and recertification requirements.
- It would advance the development of your own knowledge and skills in horticulture.
- It would provide others a basis to trust your own work and abilities.
- It would allow you, as a competent horticulturist, to distinguish yourself from others in the profession.
- It would afford the public and those in government and industry the opportunity to select your services and skills based on competence represented by certification designation.
- It would show you are a leader in the field of horticulture.
- It would give you an incentive to continue your ongoing professional development by initially gaining and then maintaining certification.
- Certification promotes you as a practitioner of best horticultural practices.
If you are interested, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. We will be offering the Certified Horticulturist exam at the Wyoming Groundskeepers and Growers Association conference in Casper in February – test date is February 18. Check the WGGA website (www.wgga.org) for further information on the conference and check the ASHS website (www.ashs.org) for info on the CH program and exam! You’ll be glad you did.
Karen L. Panter, Ph.D., C.P.H.
Plant Sciences - 3354
1000 East University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071