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 2019 (subject to change)
All classes are on Tuesday, unless notes.

August  13            Plant ID I – Perennials

August  20           Plant ID II

August  27           Plant ID III

September 5       Lawns (Thursday)

September 10     Insects

September 19     Soils (Thursday)

September 24    Nutrition

October 1             Design I

October 8            Botany

October 15          Environmental Factors & Culture

October 22          Weeds

October 29          Design II

November 5       Plant Diseases

November 12     Exam

November 21    Make Up Exam (Thursday)


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 Form

Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professionals

Upcoming Events

  1. CT Green Industry Alliance Banquet and Awards Ceremony

    November 20 at 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  2. 2020 CNLA Winter Symposium

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

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