OCNT Testing & Renewal Information
Exams for the Ohio Certified Nursery Technician specializations are offered twice each year. The winter testing takes place every January in conjunction with the Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show (CENTS) over a three-day period in Columbus, Ohio. Each specialization exam is offered on a different day. The Garden Center test is normally offered on Monday morning of the trade show, the Grower test on Tuesday morning, and the Landscape test on Wednesday morning.
The summer testing takes place during the month of August. The summer testing is offered on three separate days at three different locations throughout Ohio. The first testing day is offered in conjunction with the Nursery Growers of Lake County Ohio Summer Field Day. The location for this field day varies year to year, but will always be located in northeastern Ohio. A second testing day is offered in Columbus, Ohio and a third testing day is offered in the Dayton/Cincinnati area. All three specialization exams are offered at different times of each of the three testing days. Dates, times, and locations for the three summer test days vary from year to year.
A testing fee of $35.00 ($70.00 for non-members) will be charged. A retesting fee of $30.00 ($60.00 for non-members) will be charged.
NOTE: The retest must be taken within one year of the original test date to qualify for the retest fees.
Certification will be for a period of three years. Certification may be renewed every three years by accumulating five credits of training during the three year period and paying a renewal fee of $25.00 (non-members $50.00). Renewal of Master OCNT status is a flat rate of $50 for ONLA members and $100 for non-members. Credits are given for attendance at seminars, educational programs and other functions from a Certification Committee approved list.
Certification is held by an individual. Reporting training credits and changes of address or employer is the responsibility of that individual.
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