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New PCH Associate Program for Employees

Tuesday, December 18, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cathy Corrigan
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Are you looking for a way to encourage your crew members, production workers or sales people to learn more and advance themselves in your company? Offer them the opportunity to prove their knowledge with 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 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.

The exam tests knowledge in plant health care practices, basic botany, soils and climate and 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. So an employee taking and passing the PCH Associate exam is the perfect testament to the quality and effectiveness of your training programs as compared to industry standards.

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

Upon successful passing the exam (80%), there are recertification requirements. The new PCH Associate will be required to obtain 12 (twelve) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in a two year time frame. A recertification fee will also be required.

For more information on the program or to apply, click here or contact Cathy Corrigan at or 717.238.1673.

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