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The North Carolina Certified Plant Professional certification is a written and plant identification test that seeks to recognize proficiency in the green industry's workforce, upgrade the status of industry professionals and provide the public with a means of identifying qualified green industry professionals.

The CPP exam is a two part test. The written portion identifies knowledge and skills needed while working in a nursery or landscape operation. The Plant ID portion demonstrates knowledge of a wide selection of plant material. The Plant ID portion of this test is required by the NC Landscape Contractors License Board.

Who can take the test?

Any person with twelve months of experience in either plant production or plant sales, is eligible to take the test.  


What’s on the test?

Written Exam: 100 multiple choice and true-false questions - there are no essay questions.

Plant Identification Exam: There are 125 live plants to identify. Test plants are assembled by local nurseries for each individual test – no two tests have the exact same plants. The plants are numbered and the applicant matches the plant number with the correct name, from the Plant ID list provided. No spelling or writing names of plants is required!


How do you pass?

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


How much does it cost?

NCNLA Member — $50

Non-member — $100

Re-take — $25

ID only — $50 (Landscape Contractors License)

**Fees are non-transferable between people and non-refundable. Failure to show for confirmed test date without and/or failure to contact NCNLA office prior to test date to re-schedule will result in forfeiture of fees.**

2019 Certified Plant Professional Exam Dates

Mountain Horticultural Crop Research and Extension Center - Mills River, NC: October 4, 2019 [REGISTER HERE!]

University of Mount Olive - Mt. Olive, NC: December 4, 2019 [REGISTER HERE!]