Certified Young Plant Professional (CYPP) is a North Carolina certification that recognizes proficiency in the nursery workforce, distinguishes young green industry professionals and provides the green industry with a means of identifying qualified young nursery professionals. This test is administered by North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA).

Who can take the test?

Students that have completed, or are currently enrolled in, Horticulture II or equivalent classes.

What’s on the test?

Written Exam: 50 multiple choice questions 

Plant Identification Exam: There will be 50 plants to identify. You will be provided a list of plant names. Each plant is assigned a unique ID number, you will match each Plant ID number to their plant name from the list provided.


How do you pass?

To become a Certified Young Plant Professional, the applicant must pass (70% correct) of the written test and the plant identification test. 

How much does it cost?

The exam fee is $50. 

***Fee is non-transferable and non-refundable. Failure to show for a confirmed test date will result in forfeiture of fees.

With each student registration, the student will receive a one-year membership to the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc. (NCNLA). Membership will include discounts to all NCNLA events, a digital copy of Nursery & Landscape Notes, and access to a huge network of green industry professionals/contacts.

Upcoming CYPP Test Dates

May 5 - Mt. Olive, NC - Register Online

May 17 - Mebane, NC -
Register Online

September 14 - Asheville, NC - Register Online

Preparation Tools

CYPP Plant ID List


***Tests begin at 9am

Are YOU passionate about a career in Horticulture?

Test your industry knowledge and start your career growth today. Register to become a CYPP: Download the Application.