Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional Program

Become a “CANP”, A Plant Expert People Seek!

Did You Know . . . More professional firms are requiring accredited nursery and landscape staff to install and design jobs?

Why enroll in canp?

  • To become more knowledgeable, to assist consumers in making better plant choices.
  • To improve your work performance.
  • To move your business forward.
  • To encourage team building.
  • Because it is important to have certifications within the industry.

canp is for eveyone working or studying in the green industry!

Past students have backgrounds in all fields of our industry; Design, Growing/Propagation, Landscape, Retail, Turf Management & Wholesale.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve just started in the industry or have been involved for year . . . CANP is for you!

Program Overview

CNLA’s annual 13-week certification program is now ON-LINE.  The program will teach you the basics of botany, plant identification, and professional horticultural information. The low admission fee for the Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional program makes accreditation open to all persons in the nursery and landscape industry and is honored in all six New England states. Learn directly from several  instructors, who give great, two-hour informative lectures each night.

The program is through Zoom Video Webinar.  Prior to the start of class, instructions and the necessary links will be emailed to you.  The email will be sent to the address provided on the registration so please be sure it your email address.  Only registered attendees can participate in the class.

The registration fee for the program is $145 for members; $200 for nonmembers.  A link to access the manual will be emailed to you.  The fee to purchase a hard copy of the manual is $35.  Manuals are available in English and Spanish.

Click here to register on-line.  For members, please use the email address CNLA has on file for you.

Click here to download the registration form and submit it to the CNLA Office ( or  PO Box 30, Bloomfield, CT 06002) with payment.


All classes are on Tuesday; 7:00—9:00 pm

August  11~ ~ Plant ID I – Perennials
August  18 ~ Plant ID II
August  25 ~ Plant ID III
September 1 ~ Botany
September 8 ~ Environmental Factors & Culture
September 15  Soils
September 22 ~ Nutrition
September 29 ~ Insects
October 6 ~ Design
October 13 ~ Plant Diseases
October 20 ~ Lawns
October 27 ~ Weeds
November 3 ~ Plant ID IV
November 10 ~ Exam
November 17 ~ Make Up Exam

*Schedule subject to change



The Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional Program is a voluntary program to accomplish the following:

To encourage on-going professional improvement through education and service to the industry and retain certification status, all CANPs must compile at least five credits yearly to keep their status current and pay an annual fee (starting with the 2010 class and going forward) of $10 for CNLA members and $20 for nonmembers.

The deadline to recertify is December 31 of each year.

In order to become a CANP, an industry member must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be employed or be a student in the horticultural industry.
  • Enroll in the Accreditation program and achieve a passing score of 70 or higher on the written and plant identification accreditation exam. The accreditation course is 13 weeks and is held annually from August to November. The exCONNECTICUT ACCREDITED NURSERY PROFESSIONALSam is administered at the conclusion of the course.
  • Sign the Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional Code of Ethics and submit to the CNLA.

Complete this on-line form to re-certify as a CANP (Select the Category for CANP)

Download the Recertification Form



Upcoming Events

  1. 2021 CNLA Virtual Winter Symposium – Sponsors

    January 27 at 8:00 am – January 28 at 3:30 pm
  2. 2021 CNLA Virtual Winter Symposium

    January 27 at 8:30 am – January 28 at 3:30 pm

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