Erin Thompson of Thompson Landscape Professionals earns plant certification

Published 10:06 am Monday, December 12, 2011

Erin Thompson of Thompson Landscape Professionals has earned the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional (CPP) certification from the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA). Thompson is currently one of only 2,227 CPPs in North Carolina.
“The North Carolina Certified Plant Professional certification recognizes proficiency in the nursery workforce, upgrades the status of the nursery professional, and provides the public with a means of identifying qualified nursery professionals,” said Ross Williams, NCNLA executive director. “NCNLA congratulates Erin Thompson for demonstrating her commitment to professionalism in the industry.”
The CPP exam is a two-part test. The written portion identifies knowledge sand skills needed while working in a nursery or landscape operation. The plant identification portion demonstrates knowledge of a wide selection of plant material. To become a Certified Plant Professional, applicants must pass a written skills test, a plant identification test, as well as 12 months of experience in plant production and sales. NCNLA administers the test five times a year across the state.
NCNLA is a membership organization of firms interested in the welfare of North Carolina’s green industry, with emphasis on the nursery and landscape industries. Members include wholesale growers, retailers, suppliers, landscapers, horticulture students and educators.
NCNLA’s ultimate goal is to benefit its members’ economic, professional and personal growth. For more information about CPP certification or NCNLA, visit
– article submitted by Shelli Silver

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