You wouldn’t expect someone without a medical degree to perform surgery. It’s not considered a good idea for someone without a law degree to practice law. Expect your landscape contractor or garden center to have certified personnel on staff.

One of the most important aspects to consider in getting ready to tackle your project is knowing who to ask for help. How will you know he or she is a green industry professional rather than someone with less knowledge?

Professional certification is one of the most important steps an individual can take to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to his or her career. Certified individuals are able to stand “Out In Front” as examples of excellence in the Green Industry. Certification reflects achievement and establishes professional credentials.

Ask your local garden center and landscaper if they employ OCNTs.

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The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association is proud to offer the only all encompassing green industry certification program in Ohio, the Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (OCNT) program.

We, as an industry, believe that the OCNT program gives certified individuals, as well as the companies that employ them, the opportunity to increase knowledge and the ability to perform to set standards while also enhancing the overall image of the Green Industry Profession.