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PLNA Announces Sustainable Landscapes Certification

Wednesday, February 13, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cathy Corrigan, PLNA Certification Administrator
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New Certification Builds on PCH

Sustainable LandscapeHARRISBURG - PLNA announced a new certification for sustainable landscapes that will piggy-back on the Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist. Called the Sustainable Landscapes Certification (SLC), the new program will certify knowledge in the growing area of using plants to provide ecosystem services.
PCH-Sustainable Landscapes Certification is an additional professional certification in one of the fastest growing areas of horticulture

The PCH-Sustainable Landscapes Certification is an additional professional certification in one of the fastest growing areas of horticulture. A PCH-SLC not only has the deep understanding of plants and their care and use in the landscape, but additional specialized knowledge about how plants can be used most effectively to provide ecosystem services that improve water quality, air quality and enhance human health and performance. A PCH-SLC must maintain their certification through a program of continuing education credits to ensure his/her ongoing knowledge and expertise as a professional in the sustainable landscape discipline.

Why should I become a PCH-SLC?

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) identified sustainable landscaping practices to be the single largest opportunity for horticultural and landscaping professionals in the 21st century. Knowledge of the design, installation and maintenance of sustainable landscape systems is being driven by consumer demand and government regulations such as Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) permits, the Chesapeake Bay cleanup and PA Department of Environmental Protection storm water management best practices.

Who is eligible for testing?

Individuals eligible for testing must currently hold the PCH designation.

What do my registration fees cover?

The application fee covers the first exam, one retest, two full years on the mailing list, and recognition when certification is achieved.

PLNA Member (owner/employee of PLNA member firm) $ 50.00
Non-member $ 75.00

Additional retests within the two-year application period are subject to a retest fee.

PLNA Member (owner/employee of PLNA member firm) $ 25.00
Non-member $ 35.00

What is the test procedure?

The exam consists of 100 questions to be completed in one hour. The format of the exam consists of a combination of multiple choice, true or false, and matching questions. The sections consist of:

• Natural Cycles and the Human Impacts on the Environment
• Native Plants
• Key Benefits of Sustainable Landscapes
• Stormwater Best Management Practices for Sustainable Landscapes
• The Economics of Sustainable Landscapes
• Applicable Environmental Regulations
• Design Goals for Sustainable Landscapes including Understanding the Site, Design and Construction, Monitoring and Maintenance

Exams will be scheduled as demand warrants. the Sustainable Landscape Study Guide will be available in February. If you are interested in learning more about the certification and when testing begins, please download and fax the attached form or email Cathy Corrigan, Certification Administrator at with your contact information.

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