Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional Program

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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?

2024 registration is coming soon!

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 and Wholesale.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just started in the industry or have been involved for year . . . CANP is for you!

CNLA’s annual 13-week certification program is online.  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.  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.


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

August 27 – Perennials
September 3 – Plant ID I
September 10 – Plant ID II
September 17 – Botany
September 24 – Environmental Factors & Culture
October 1 – Lawns
October 8 – Soils
October 15 – Plant ID III
October 22 – Insects
October 29 – Nutrition
November 5 – Plant Diseases
November 12 – Weeds
November 19 – Design
November 26 – Review
December 3 – 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 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

Need Financial Assistance?

Look into the Connecticut Nurserymen’s Foundation CNLA Member Scholarship. Deadline to apply is two weeks before the beginning of the CANP course. Scholarship recipients will receive reimbursement upon passing the CANP exam.

Upcoming Events

Here you will find annual events hosted by and associated with CNLA. Contact us for more information regarding past or upcoming events.

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