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Continuing Education is critical to the ongoing success of any professional.
 
The National Advisory Council on Continuing Education reports that over 23 million adults participate in continuing education annually. Their reasons for participation are diverse, but the greatest common denominator shared by these individuals is the link that continuing education provides to their jobs, their career ambitions, or the enrichment of their lives.
 

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The Certification Committee has developed detailed Study Manuals to assist you in preparing for the CGIP Exam. Although using these Study Manuals is not required, the Exam questions are based on their corresponding Study Manual. It is highly recommended to use the Study Manuals to prepare for the Exam. Every manual comes complete with review questions at the end of each chapter, which can serve as a benchmark to help you determine when you’re ready to take the Exam.

As an added benefit, and because the manuals have been written by University Professors and Industry Experts, each manual is full of useful information that will serve as a reference tool even after you pass the Exam.

What is the Core Manual?
The Core Manual has been developed to cover the basic art and science that all professionals in the Green Industry should know. Topics that are covered by this specialty include:

•    Plant Growth and Development
•    Plant Nomenclature and Identification
•    Soil Fundamentals
•    Water Management
•    Plant Nutrients
•    Plant Pests and Diseases
•    Weeds and Weed Control
•    Landscape Design
•    Native Plants
•    The Green Industry and the Invasive Plant Issue in Michigan
•    Sustainability and the Green Industry
•    Successful Sales Strategies and Customer Relations
•    Industry Laws and Regulations
•    American Standard for Nursery Stock
 

A Plant Identification Exam Review CD, which is intended to assist with the Plant ID section of the CGIP Exam, is included with the purchase of this manual. This CD contains pictures of evergreen, shade and ornamental trees, evergreen and deciduous shrubs, vines and groundcovers, herbaceous perennials, annuals, bulbs, ornamental grasses, ferns and aquatic plants. Each plant is labeled with its botanical and common name.

What is a Specialty Manual?
There are five (5) Specialties within the CGIP program. Each specialty contains information that is relevant to that segment of the Green Industry. Because you must pass both the Core and one (1) Specialty Exam in order to be certified, it is recommended to purchase and study from both the Core Manual and a Specialty Manual.

How Much Do Manuals Cost?
CGIP Core Manual + 1 Specialty Manual:
$50 for MNLA Members
$100 for Non-Members*

Additional Specialty Manuals:
$25 each for MNLA Members
$50 each for Non-Members*

*Not an MNLA Member? Join today!

How Do I Order Study Manuals?
Fill out the online Study Manual Order Form. Please allow a minimum of one (1) week for delivery.


The mission of the Certified Green Industry Professional (CGIP) Committee is to carry out the policies of the MNLA Board of Directors and to maintain the integrity and overall quality of the CGIP program; to test as many industry individuals on a yearly basis as possible; to renew those CGIP members on an annual basis enforcing their continuing education requirement; to arrange CGIP seminars at the Great Lakes Trade Exposition; and to promote the overall CGIP designation within and outside the industry.

Recertification
Once you become Certified, you must renew annually to maintain your certification. The certification period is January 1 – December 31. Renewal includes a yearly fee and the earning of six (6) continuing education units (CEUs).

How Much is the Renewal Fee?
$35 for MNLA Members
$45 for Non-Members*

Plus an optional opportunity to contribute $10 to the CGIP Promotional Fund! Money from the Promotional Fund is used to promote CGIPs to consumers throughout the state by placing ads in Consumer Publications, providing CGIP Display Banners for companies that employ Certified professionals, exhibiting at Home and Garden Shows, and producing videos for the CGIP YouTube Channel.

*Not an MNLA Member? Join today!


What is a CEU?
A CEU is defined as one hour of education and may be obtained by attending any seminar or workshop directly related to the Green Industry or your employment.  There are many sources of educational opportunities available, which include programs sponsored by MNLA and our affiliated Chapters throughout the state, other related organizations, MSU Extension, programs sponsored by individual companies, gardens, arboretums and educational institutions.

The MNLA sponsors many educational programs during the year that are held throughout the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. Visit our Calendar of Events to find CEU opportunities that interest you!

Why Are CEUs Required For Renewal?
Requiring CEUs for renewal allows for the CGIP program and its Certified professionals to maintain the Standard of Excellence that their Certification embodies. Continuing education connotes integrity, dedication, knowledge and experience. It helps you to stay current with the changing technology and trends of the industry. These qualities set you apart from your competition and win major points with your customers. Feel free to tell your clients about your CEUs! We welcome online submittals of your CEUs as they are completed. When you submit your credits online, we’ll keep track of them throughout the year, so that maintaining your credential is easy! Click here to submit your CEUs online!

Can I Renew My Certification Online?
You sure can! Click here to renew online

2020 Exam Schedule

Check back for Exam schedule updates.

Eligibility Requirements
2,000 hours of Green Industry employment experience are required prior to taking the CGIP exam. Relevant education may be applied toward a portion of the required hours.

If you would like to be certified in the Landscape Design specialty, the 2,000 hours of Green Industry employment experience must be professional Landscape Design experience. In addition, a portfolio containing three representative samples of design work done by the applicant must be submitted no later than two weeks before the exam date. Click here to download the guidelines for this submittal.

What Do I Need to Know For the Exam?
•    Information from the CGIP Plant Identification Exam Review CD (included with the Core Manual)
•    Information in the CGIP Core Manual
•    Information in your chosen CGIP Specialty Manual
•    Information and knowledge gained by the applicant’s industry or collegiate experience

I’ve Met the Eligibility Requirements, But What is the Format of the Exam?
The CGIP exam is a four-hour written exam consisting of three sections:
•    Section 1 — Plant Identification (from Core Manual) — Identification of 100 common landscape plants with botanical and common names via power point slides consisting of evergreen, shade and ornamental trees, evergreen and deciduous shrubs, vines and groundcovers, herbaceous perennials, annuals, bulbs, ornamental grasses, ferns and aquatic plants.
•    Section 2 — General Knowledge (from Core Manual) — 150 true/false and multiple choice questions
•    Section 3 – Specialty Knowledge (from Specialty Manual of your choice) — 100 true/false and multiple choice questions

How is the Exam scored?
Each of the three sections are graded separately with 70% being required to pass each section. All three sections must be passed in order to obtain certification. If one section is not passed, the applicant is only required to retake that section.

How Much Does It Cost?
CGIP Core Exam + 1 Specialty Exam:
$50 for MNLA Members
$100 for Non-Members*

Additional Specialty or Retake Exams:
$25 for MNLA Members
$50 for Non-Members*

*Not an MNLA Member? Join today!

How Do I Apply?
For first time applicants, download and fill out an Application and Registration Form. Be sure to indicate the exam date that you plan to take the test. Applications must be submitted 1 week** before the exam date in order to be considered for the exam. Return the completed form to the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, 2149 Commons Parkway, Okemos, MI 48864.

For applicants adding a Specialty or Retaking an Exam, download and fill out a Registration Form. Be sure to indicate the exam date that you plan to take the test. Applications must be submitted 1 week** before the exam date in order to be considered for the exam. Return the completed form to the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, 2149 Commons Parkway, Okemos, MI 48864.

**Applications for the Landscape Design Specialty must be submitted 2 weeks before the exam date in order to be considered for the exam. The Landscape Design Prerequisite of a portfolio containing three representative samples of design work done by the applicant must be submitted with the application. Click here to download the guidelines for this submittal.

When and Where is the Exam Given?
CGIP exams will be scheduled at various locations throughout the state of Michigan and typically are offered in the months of January, February, March, September, October, November and December.

When Will I Receive My Results?

A letter informing you of your Exam score will be mailed to you as expeditiously as possible within two to three weeks of the exam.

What is Included in My Certification?
Becoming Certified benefits your professionalism in many ways, but there are several other benefits that Certified professionals also enjoy:
•    A subscription to MNLA’s Award-winning, bi-monthly Magazine, The Michigan Landscape™!
•    A listing on the MNLA website as a Certified Professional!
•    Promotion of MNLA Member Firms that employ Certified Professionals!

How Do I Maintain My Certification After I Pass the Exam?

The Michigan Certified Garden Retailer specialty has been developed for Green Industry professionals in a retail setting who interact with the end consumer regarding all their various landscape needs. Topics that are covered by this specialty include:

•    Merchandising
•    Perennials
•    Annuals
•    Vegetables
•    Roses
•    Small Fruits and Fruit Trees
•    Houseplants
•    Container Gardening
•    Water Gardening
•    Lawn Management
•    Plant Health Care Products
•    Pesticide Use and Safety
•    Planting Techniques
•    Mulches
•    American Standard For Nursery Stock

Study Manuals to assist you in preparing for the CGIP Exam are available for purchase.

How to Become a Michigan Certified Garden Retailer

The Michigan Certified Landscape Designer specialty has been developed for Green Industry professionals who use landscape designs to provide creative solutions for the outdoor needs of their clients. Topics that are covered by this specialty include:

•    History of Garden Design
•    Design Theory
•    Plant Selection
•    Plant Compositions
•    Planting Techniques
•    Components in the Landscape
•    Landscape Design Process
•    Site Planning and Sustainability
•    Water Use and Efficient Irrigation
•    Project Management
•    The Design Maintenance Connection
•    Landscape Restoration
•    American Standard For Nursery Stock

Study Manuals to assist you in preparing for the CGIP Exam are available for purchase.

Landscape Design Prerequisite:  In order to become Certified as a Landscape Designer, a portfolio containing three representative samples of design work done by the applicant must be submitted no later than two weeks before the exam date. Click here to download the guidelines for this submittal.

How to Become a Michigan Certified Landscape Designer

The Michigan Certified Landscape Manager specialty has been developed for Green Industry professionals who maintain all facets of the landscape. Topics that are covered by this specialty include:

•    Soils in the Landscape
•    Planting Techniques
•    Mulches
•    Pruning
•    Annuals and Perennials
•    Commercial Grounds Maintenance
•    Lawn Management
•    Diagnosing Turf Disease and Insect Problems
•    Weed Management
•    IPM for Trees
•    Water Use and Efficient Irrigation
•    The Design Maintenance Connection
•    Container Gardening
•    Pesticide Use and Safety
•    American Standard For Nursery Stock

Study Manuals to assist you in preparing for the CGIP Exam are available for purchase.

How to Become a Michigan Certified Landscape Manager

The Michigan Certified Nurseryman specialty has been developed for Green Industry professionals who grow annuals, perennials, shrubs and/or trees in a nursery or greenhouse setting. Topics that are covered by this specialty include:

•    Nursery Operations
•    Propagation
•    Soil Properties and Soil Fertility
•    Container Substrates and Nutrition
•    Water Quality and Management
•    Implementing a Nursery Scouting Program
•    Insect Pests of Nursery Plants
•    Weed Management
•    Plant Disease Management
•    Industry Laws and Regulations
•    American Standard For Nursery Stock

Study Manuals to assist you in preparing for the CGIP Exam are available for purchase.

How to Become a Michigan Certified Nurseryman

The credibility of certified individuals and MNLA companies who employ certified individuals can be yours! Just choose the following Specialty that fits your career path the best and turn your certification dream into a reality:

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