The Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (OCNT) program has the Core and three areas of specialization: Garden Center, Grower and Landscape. Each test has its own written and computer based cd rom for study materials and along with a test. Once a person passes the Core + all three specialty tests, they are given the status of Ohio Certified Nursery Technician - Master Technician.
The retail nursery is the information center on which homeowners have come to rely for dependable horticultural expertise. In order to provide sound scientific horticultural advice to customers, the garden center employee must be knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects including proper plant usage, plant health, soils, turfgrass management, landscape design, proper planting and maintenance of nursery stock and more.
The grower is the base of the green industry. In order to have healthy plants to sell, the nursery employee must be knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects including plant identification, development and health; growing and harvesting techniques; plant nutrients; pest and disease elimination; plant maintenance and more.
The public, architects and contractors have come to rely on landscape contractors and installers for dependable landscape construction techniques and horticultural expertise. In order to provide sound scientific horticultural advice and proper installation, the landscape installer must be knowledgeable in a wide variety of areas including plant identification, plant usage, plant health, soils, turfgrass management, use of pesticides, construction techniques, design, sales and more.
Core is important to all aspects of the Green Industry. Plant ID, Professionalism, Safety & First Aid are examples of the Core chapters of which all nursery and landscape professionals should have knowledge.
The Master Technician status is granted to those individuals who have successfully attained certification in all three areas of specialization. Once a person achieves the Master status, he or she must keep all three specializations current in order to keep the Master designation.