Texas Certified Nursery Professional
The Texas Certified Nursery Professional (TCNP) program certifies individuals in the nursery/landscape industry that possess a high degree of knowledge and skill in horticulture and the retail nursery business. Becoming a TCNP establishes yourself as a professional, brings you credibility and prestige, and increases your value as an employee.
TCNP exams are available online for anyone with a high speed internet connection. Exams may be taken at home, work, school, libraries etc. On-site written examinations will no longer be offered. If you are ready to apply for an exam click here. Once you apply and pay, you will receive an order number you'll need to take the exam here.
Benefits of Online Exams
• 24 hour availability
• Ability to take the exam by section rather than in one sitting
• Large photos for plant identification (one up close and one of the plant in the landscape)
• 90-day window to complete all four sections
• Ease of registration and payment
TCNP Online Exam Process
The TCNP exam consists of four exams. Each exam must be passed with a minimum of 70% in order to earn the TCNP certification. All exams must be taken before you can apply for any re-test.
• Culture Exam
Part I: Plant Pest and Disease Identification (28 minutes)
Part II: Plant Culture (46 minutes)
• Merchandising Exam
• Landscape Design Exam
Part I: General Landscape Design Principles (45 minutes)
Part II: Landscape Design Plan Reading (46 minutes)
• Plant ID Exam
Part I: Plant Identification (45 minutes)
Part II: Plant Characterisitics (46 minutes)
What you need for the online exam:
User log in and password.
Exam fees for the TCNP exam (includes all exams) is $75 for members and $150 for non-members.
Re-test fees are $50 for TNLA members and $100 for non-members. The TCNP exam can be retested up to two times.
Preparing for the TCNP Exam
TNLA’s TCNP Manual was developed to serve as a guide for study and as a reference and problem-solving tool for the retail nursery industry. The manual was developed by the Texas AgriLIFE Extension under the direction of TNLA’s Certification Committee.
There are also a series of online trainings available to help prepare you for the the TCNP exam. To purchase these trainings, please visit our Education Portal.
The TCNP certification is valid for a two-year period. During that time, TCNPs are required to earn 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to renew.
If you hold more than one certification, these CEUs will apply to all certifications you hold. Renewal is $50 for TNLA members and $100 for non-members for the two-year certification period.
Slade Strickland, TCLP, TCNP decribes what being certified means to him.