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Certification

Ohio Certified Nursery Technician

  • Improve your skills and increase your worth as an employee
  • Gain recognition from the public and your colleagues
  • Keep your competitive edge
  • Provide professional development for your employees – a key component of an employee retention plan

 
The OCNT program was established more than 20 years ago by the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association. Study materials and examinations are prepared and conducted under the direction of ONLA’s Certification Committee.


Certification Types

The Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (OCNT) program has three specializations, each with its own exam, and a core component.

Garden Center


The retail nursery is the information center on which homeowners have come to rely for dependable horticultural expertise. 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.


Grower


The grower is the foundation for the green industry. To have healthy plants to sell, the nursery employee must be knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects including plant identification, plant development and health, growing and harvesting techniques, plant nutrients, pest and disease control, plant maintenance, and more.


Landscape


The public, architects and contractors rely on landscape contractors and installers for dependable landscape construction techniques and horticultural expertise. 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


Core is important to all aspects of the Green Industry. Plant ID, Professionalism, Safety & First Aid are examples of the core information of which all green industry professionals should be knowledgeable.


Master


The Master Technician status is granted to 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.



Questions? Contact Roni Petersen, Membership and Certification Manager, at (614) 899-1195 or roni@onla.org


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