ARIZONA CERTIFIED NURSERY PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM
The Arizona Certified Nursery Professional (ACNP) program is sponsored by the Arizona Nursery Association (ANA) and is one of the most popular educational programs in the industry.
Applicants must complete and pass all four parts of the exam with a score of 70 percent or higher, with an overall score of 75 percent. Only parts of the exam not passed need to be retaken. All four parts of the exam must be successfully completed within two years from the date first taken.
If not passed, it is necessary to start the testing process over again.
The ACNP study manual is an 84-page text that covers the following subjects:
• How plants grow
• Annuals and perennials
• Fruit trees, vegetable gardening
• Landscape design and plant selection
• Planting and establishment
• Water and irrigation methods
• Plant pest problems
• Weed and weed control
• Naming of plants and plant lists
• Basic retail nursery overview
The price of the manual is included in the cost of the class.
The class is designed to help prepare participants for the exam. A certificate of completion will be issued at the conclusion of the class. The ACNP manual will be available at the beginning of the class. Please bring any materials necessary to take notes.
General Information (100 questions, 60 minutes)
This portion of the test covers soils, chemicals, plant diseases and pests, salesmanship and other relevant subjects. The answers are true or false, multiple choice, or matching.
Landscape Design (20 questions, 30 minutes)
A landscape plan showing the building location, direction of exposure, locations of plants to be selected, and general information regarding the type of plant for each area will be provided. Grading is based on using the correct type of plant for the location with regard to exposure, whether or not each is positioned correctly to be suitable when mature, and also on overall selection to create a pleasing and workable design.
Descriptive Identification of Plants (100 questions, 60 minutes)
Each question will be a description of different plants, leaf types, sizes at maturity, types of flowers or berries, and hardiness. There will be multiple choice answers of botanical names to choose from to best fit the description.
Visual Plant Identification (25 questions, 60 minutes)
Twenty-five different plants will be placed throughout the room. Each plant must be correctly identified by both common and botanical names with their correct spelling. Ten of these plants are selected by the examiner for more information such as height, exposure, blooming season, hardiness, etc.
THE 2017 ACNP EXAM WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 FROM 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. AT THE MARICOPA COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION (4341 E. BROADWAY RD, PHOENIX, AZ 85040). IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER TO TAKE THE EXAM PLEASE CALL (480) 966-1610 OR EMAIL KAYLA AT KCOLVIN@AZNA.ORG.
ADVANCED ARIZONA CERTIFIED NURSERY PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM
There are three modules offered in the Advanced Certification Program. They are:
Integrated Pest Management,
Turf Management, and
These certification modules are designed as an independent study program with exams offered at regularly scheduled ACNP exams or by appointment at the ANA office.
The cost for each module, including instructional material, is $80 for ANA members and $200 for non-members. There is a $4.50 shipping charge for each module.
Pre-registration for the exam(s) is required. To register, call (480) 966-1610. Study material may be purchased from the ANA office. To order, contact ANA at (480) 966-1610 or e-mail email@example.com.
Recognition of Certification:
Upon completing and successfully passing the exam, each participant will be asked to sign a Code of Ethics contract. All participants who successfully pass the exam will then receive an Advanced ACNP name badge and certificate.
The Advanced ACNP program is a comprehensive program that requires a significant amount of knowledge to complete. An Advanced ACNP should display his or her certificate and wear his or her badge with pride. Advanced Arizona Certified Nursery Professionals are of great value to their employers because they are experts in the nursery field and can better serve their clients and customers.
Jerry W. Ambrose
John L. Phillips