RI Certified Horticulturist Program

We're pleased to announce that registration is now OPEN for the updated and fully revised RI Certified Horticulturist Program. An orientation session will be held Tues., Sept. 29 followed by weekly online lecture classes, an exam review session, and final exam on Dec. 13. The plant ID portion of the course will be held in the winter, with dates to be announced later this fall. The RICH certificate is earned by green industry professionals who pass an examination based on plant identification and the contents of The RICH Training Manual.

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The RI•CH Program is a voluntary program that:

Upgrades the professionalism of individuals in the nursery and landscape industries.

Increases the education, competence and pride of nursery and landscape employees.

Informs the public of increased industry professionalism and competence.

RICH promotes the highest ethical standards, increased professional skills, and continuing education in horticulture through current research-based horticultural information and practices.

If you are a working professional in the green industry, becoming a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist may be the right next step for you to develop your career.

Why this is important for your business?

Use the RICH certification and added credentials in your business advertising.

This course and manual will provide you and your staff with best horticultural practices such as planting and pruning. It will also emphasize practices which will conserve and protect our soils and water.

RINLA promotes member businesses and staff on the web site and through other association advertising programs.

Certification promotes professional attitudes and workmanship.

RI•CH certification is recognized in all six New England states.

Your customers will appreciate working with a professional whose education and experience are certified.

How do I get certified?

Enrollment will begin in early September. The course will run in October and November with the exam in mid-December.

For more information, visit https://growingfuturesri.org/ri-certified-horticulturist-program/

Maintain your certification by earning 5 re-certification credits each year.

PO Box 984
West Kingston, RI 02892

240 Chestnut St,
Warwick, RI 02888

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