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RI Certified Horticulturalist Program

We are in the process of updating the RICH program, both the classroom instruction and testing along with a new, revised and updated RICH manual. We will post information on registration for RICH training and how to obtain copies of the new manual when they are available.

The RICH Program is a voluntary program that:

  • Upgrades the professionalism of individuals in the nursery and landscape industries.
  • Increases the education, competence and pride of nursery and landscape employees.
  • Informs the public of increased industry professionalism and competence.

Why is this important for Professional Development?

  • The RICH certification and added credentials help you grow your skills and knowledge.
  • Local businesses recognize the value of employees with this certification.
  • This course and manual will provide you with best horticultural practices such as planting and pruning. It will also emphasize practices that will conserve and protect our soils and water.
  • The RI Nursery and Landscape Association promotes RICH certified individuals on the association website and through other association advertising programs.
  • Certification promotes professional attitudes and workmanship.
  • RICH certification is recognized in all six New England states.
  • Green Industry business clients will recognize working with a professional whose education and experience are certified.

How do I get Certified?

  • Look for announcements of certification exams here and on the member home page. They are held 1-2 times each year. Contact the RINLA office to purchase a manual and use it as a study guide.
  • If you need to, take the plant identification course.
  • Pass the exam (>70% score)
  • Maintain your certification by earning 5 re-certification credits each year.

RI Pesticide Certification

Pesticide Applicator License Training:

The University of Rhode Island Outreach Center’s pesticide (traditional and organic) program is a comprehensive training program that provides environmentally safe pest management information to individuals engaging in private business, farming enterprises, municipalities and state government. The program provides current research-based pest management information. The program also focuses on occupational safety for the pesticide applicator.

For more information, contact:
Margaret Siligato at URI
(401) 874-5997 | siligato@uri.edu

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