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 everyone 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 will teach you the basics of botany, plant identification, and professional horticultural information. The low admission fee ($145 for members, $200 for non-members, and $245 for non-members with membership) 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.  Pass the CANP exam and you will be recognized in a graduation ceremony at the CNLA Winter Symposium in January.

Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm unless noted and begin on August 14 at Jones Auditorium.  Register early as enrollment is limited.

SCHEDULE (subject to change)
August  14 ~~ Plant ID I – Perennials
August  23 ~~ Plant ID II (Thursday)
August  28 ~~ Plant ID III
September 4 ~~ Botany
September 11 ~~ Environmental Factors & Culture
September 19 ~~ Soils (Wednesday)
September 25 ~~ Nutrition
October 4 ~~ Insects (Thursday)
October 9 ~~ Lawns
October 16 ~~ Plant Diseases
October 23 ~~ Weeds
October 30 ~~ Design I  (Wednesday)
November 6 ~~ Design II
November 15 ~~ Exam (Thursday)
November 20 ~~ Make Up Exam

Click here to register for the CANP Program.



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.

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 exam is administered at the conclusion of the course.
  • Sign the Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional Code of Ethics and submit to the CNLA.

Complete this form to re-certify as a CANP

Download the Reaccreditation Record

Upcoming Events

  1. CT Green Industry Alliance Awards Banquet

    November 28 at 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  2. 2019 Winter Symposium

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – Thursday, January 24, 2019
  3. 2020 CNLA Winter Symposium

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – Thursday, January 23, 2020

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