Managing or working with a nursery, landscape or garden center business requires in-depth knowledge of plant growth and maintenance, landscape design and installation and retail operations. The Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) program is a formal way for the landscape or nursery professional to test this knowledge and gain professional credibility. An 80% or above must be attained in each of the four sections of the competitive test. Those that reach this goal are then designated as a PCH.
Objectives of the PCH Program
- To recognize and raise the professional standards of the industry
- To encourage self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement
- To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of principles and practices of the profession
- To recognize those who have demonstrated a high level of competence in the profession
- To improve the performance within the profession by encouraging participation in a continuing program of professional development
Benefits to the Individual
- Validates an individual's industry knowledge
- Instills pride and confidence in the individual
- Demonstrates a commitment to the profession
- Enhances employability within the industry
Benefits to the Employer
- Provides the firm with a marketing tool
- Enhances the firms professional image
- Increases customer recognition and respect
- Provides an effective tool for employee motivation
Those individuals who achieve the PCH status receive materials to assist them in the promotion
of their prestigious achievement. These materials include:
- Lapel pin
- Personalized certificate and plaque
- PCH Identification Card
- Recognition on PLNA.com and PLNA's consumer Web site OutdoorLivingPA.com
PLNA offers reciprocity with many other green industry state associations and certifications. Please contact Cathy Corrigan at ccorrigan@PLNA.com or 800.898.3411, ext. 102 to find out
more details on the reciprocity policies.
There are approximately 300 Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturists (PCHs) in the Penn-Atlantic region and the number continues to grow.
For more information on the PCH program, contact Tina Rife at 717.238.1676 or email her at tmrife@PLNA.com.
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