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PCH Associate Program for Employees

PLNA has created a program to help individuals working in the green profession prove their knowledge and skills and start moving toward professional certification and recognition and gain an advantage in moving ahead - the Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) Associate program for Employees.

The PCH Associate program for Employees is focused on testing the knowledge of those individuals who have not yet gained the experience to pass the high level competency required by the professional PCH program. The PCH Associate is a stepping stone to attaining the professional PCH designation.

The PCH Associate program was initially created to provide an industry recognized exam to high school and career and technical school horticulture program students as requested by the PA Department of Education. As the PLNA Board of Directors reviewed the program they realized this may be what many employers are looking for to help advance their employees within their company, so it is now being offered to those already employed in the profession.

The exam is comprised of 100 questions in the following areas:

  • Plant Health Care Practices
  • Basic Botany
  • Soils and Climate
  • Plant Identification

For an employee without any formal education in horticulture, this level of knowledge could be attained after just a few years of employment depending on the training and experience offered to the employee.  An employee taking and passing the PCH Associate exam is the perfect testament to the quality and effectiveness of a company's training program as compared to industry standards.

For PLNA members, it is a $50 investment for each employee to enter the program ($100 for non-members).  Each applicant has one year to the pass the exam. Exams can be proctored by the employer or the employees can go to a local Penn State Extension office to take the test.

Upon successful passing of the exam (80%), the individual will be awarded a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) Associate designation and have the opportunity to advance to the PCH Professional designation. Individuals who attain the PCH Associate designation will be required to report Continuing Education credits and pay a recertfiication fee every two years to maintain the designation.  

If you have questions, contact Cathy Corrigan at ccorrigan@PLNA.com or 717.238.1673.

 

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If you need to pay by check download the application and/or manual order form below.

PCH Associate Program Forms and Resources

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These forms for the the PCH Associate for Employees program.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
PCH Associate CEU Guidelines PDF (126.11 KB) Administration 12/18/2018
PCH Associate College Student Application PDF (228.43 KB) Administration 2/7/2019
PCH Associate Employee Application PDF (216.04 KB) Administration 12/18/2018
PCH Associate Fact Sheet PDF (152.6 KB) Administration 12/18/2018
PCH Associate Recertification Guidelines PDF (126.04 KB) Administration 12/18/2018
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