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ACNP-The Online Study Program

Set yourself apart in the nursery and landscaping industry by completing the

Arizona Certified Nursery Professional (ACNP) program! This NEW online course is

one of the most popular educational programs in the industry and is offered

in partnership with the Arizona Nursery Association (ANA) and the Maricopa

Community Colleges. The course was created as an online study guide

designed to increase your horticultural knowledge and to help prepare you

to pass the Arizona Certified Nursery Professional (ACNP) exam.

Course Topics Include:

  • Annuals and Perennials
  • Basic retail nursery overview
  • Diseases
  • Fertilizers
  • Soils
  • Landscape design and more!

You can view the full flyer here.

This online study guide is $100, and will be available for a 90-day period. Upon completion, you can register to take the exam through the ANA website. MCC does not facilitate the exam. 

Get Started Today!


For registration or online course issues, please contact Dana Redford at dana.redford@maricopacorporate.com.

ACNP-The Exam

**You must complete the ACNP exam to receive the certification. The online study guide is just a supplement to help prepare for the exam.**

The ACNP exam includes four parts:

Part 1

This portion is a 100 question multiple-choice test covering basic plant and nursery knowledge (60 minutes). 

Part 2

This portion includes a hypothetical landscape design for the student to place specific plants to corresponding spots of the design (30 minutes).

Part 3

This portion is a 100 question multiple-choice test covering specific plant knowledge (60 minutes).

Part 4

This portion includes 25 plants for students to identify and give more in-depth information on a select number to demonstrate the students plant knowledge (60 minutes).

You must pass each portion with a minimum of a 70% and a total test average of %75. 

Parts 1, 2 and 3 may be taken at the ANA office at anytime upon registering. Part 4 will take place at a member nursery. Please contact the office for more information on part 4 at 480-966-1610.

The exam is $150 (additional to the online study guide price), and you can re-take any part of the exam within a two-year period. Once you have passed all four sections, you will receive a certificate and badge. You do not need to renew this certification.

Register For The Exam Here



There are three modules offered in the Advanced Certification Program. They are:

Integrated Pest Management (IPM),
Turf Management, and
Irrigation Management

These certification modules are designed as an independent study program with exams can be offered at 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. Please select one or more of the options below to register:

Irrigation Exam

Turf Exam

IPM Exam

When registering, please include a good mailing address as that is where study material for each module will be sent. You do NOT have to do all three modules. You can pick and choose as you would like. 

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.

1710 W Ranch Rd, Suite 202 Tempe, AZ 85284   |  (480) 966-1610

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