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 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 will being in Mid August  at Jones Auditorium.  Register early as enrollment is limited.

SCHEDULE FOR 2020 (subject to change)
All classes are on Tuesday, unless notes.

2020 classes will begin in August 2020.



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

Download the Recertification Form


Upcoming Events

  1. 2020 Summer Field Day

    July 22 at 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
  2. 2020 Summer Field Day – Exhibitors

    July 22 at 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

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