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CNLP - What is it and Why Consult One?
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CNLP - What is it and Why Consult One?



What is the Certified Nursery Landscape Professional Program?


The Certified Nursery Landscape Professional (CNLP) program is an on-going educational program designed to increase the skills of nurserymen, garden center and landscape employees throughout New Jersey. The Program is administered by the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association.  The CNLP Program strives to improve the professional standards of green industry businesses and professionals by promoting the continuing education and training of all nursery, landscape and garden center staff, including owners and employees.


What is the purpose of the CNLP Program?


The purpose is to constantly train and upgrade the professional skills of those persons that help

you the consumers in the green industry. To reach the distinction of Certified Nursery Landscape Professional, an applicant must have had extensive on-the-job experience and then must pass a rigorous written examination that can only be passed with hard study and training.  A CNLP in New Jersey, are a member of the green industry professionals that share a common desire to maintain and improve their professional

qualifications, and demonstrate their knowledge to their peers and you the public. Industry standards, tools

of the trade and new scientific discoveries are constantly changing the way we in the Green Industry do business.  Maintaining their certification through local events like Trade Shows & Education Conference not

only earns them credits for recertification, but gives them the advantage of learning new advances in our industry that they can then share with you the consumer.



This Certification demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards our industry has to offer. Because earning and maintaining certification requires ongoing education, adding “CNLP” after their name shows that they are knowledgeable and up to date in their field.  Also, in this increasingly competitive marketplace, a business employing certified personnel distinguishes them from those without such credentials.


What does this mean to the consumer when they visit a nursery, garden center or consult a landscaper?


It means that when you consult with a CNLP you’re asking advice and getting help from a true professional. The CNLP has undergone a complete training course and has made the commitment to become one of the “professional elite” within the industry. The CNLP isn’t a person who may have worked in the cosmetics section of the store last week and got moved to the garden section this week. You can be confident that a CNLP is there to help you with their specialized skills that can make your yard and garden a true pleasure.



How do I find a CNLP?


In New Jersey most are affiliated with independent nurseries, garden centers and landscape firms. When doing business with a nursery, garden center or landscaper, ask to speak with a Certified Nursery Landscape Professional. They’ll be happy to help. Or, you can visit to view CNLPs near you!



 When you make the decision to invest in landscaping and enhancing the beauty of your home, you can feel good about working with a professional that has accomplished the prestigious Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional designation. The program is one of intensive, on-going education and training designed to increase the skills of nursery, garden and landscape employees. CNLPs are trained in a wide range of subjects, including plant pests and diseases, weeds and weed control, soils, fertilizer, pruning, and much more. Because of their intense training, you can be confident that the CNLP is there to help you with specialized skills that can make your yard a garden paradise without the worry, leaving you more time to enjoy your outdoor space!






The next Certification Exam will be offered  at Summer Plant Symposium in August 2020.


CNLP Study Guide Review, Plant ID Review and CNLP Exam
CNLP Exam (begins promptly at 8:30AM to 10:00am) - Rutgers Cook Campus Student Center, 59 Biel Rd., New Brunswick, NJ  08901 (During Summer Plant Symposium). If you plan on staying for the Summer plant Symposium you must register to attend the SPS online or by calling the office at 609-291-7070. The exams will be graded at the event and if you pass the exam you will be immediately eligible for the SPS CEU’s available.  If you are not staying after the exam then you only need to register to take the exam. Please note: You must apply & pay to sit for the CNLP exam. Contact the office to apply.
Register to take the CNLP Exam by clicking  HERE.
The Study Guide Review and the Plant ID Review will help prepare you to take the Certified Nursery Landscape Professional Examination. Please come prepared with questions from the Study Guide.


To attend these courses, you must be registered.  Contact the office for details (609-291-7070).

Additional reviews & exams to be offered during 2020

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