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Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) Program

The Program
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

Marketing Tools
Those individuals who achieve the PCH status receive materials to assist them in the promotion
of their prestigious achievement. These materials include:

  • Personalized certificate and plaque
  • PCH Identification Card
  • Recognition on and PLNA's consumer Web site

PLNA offers reciprocity with many other green industry state associations and certifications. Please contact Cicely Elliott at or 717.238.1673 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 the PLNA office at 717.238.1673 or email


Apply online now!


Order a PCH Study Manual online - 

Digital Version - USB Drive

Printed Version - Binder



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


PCH Program Forms & Resources

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Click on any of the Forms/Resources below to download.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
PCH Program Application Form PDF (171.92 KB) Administration 7/3/2018
PCH Exam Retest Application PDF (57.84 KB) Administration 7/3/2018
PCH Study Manual Order Form PDF (94.58 KB) Administration 7/3/2018
PCH Program Fact Sheet PDF (150.55 KB) Administration 7/3/2018
PCH Exam Sample Questions PDF (183.25 KB) Administration 6/3/2013
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