Date Last Edited: 08/24/2001
Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service
Certification is looked upon as recognition of vocational and technical competence and is one mark of professionalism. Standards for professionals in medicine, landscape architecture, law, engineering, and accounting have long been established and recogni zed. Horticulturists have had no meaningful way to profess their technical abilities, training, or professionalism through certification. That is until now.
The American Registry of Certified Professionals in Agronomy, Crops, and Soils (ARCP-ACS) has developed a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) program through cooperation with the American Society for Horticulture Science (ASHS). The ARCP-ACS has historically provided widely recognized and accepted certification for professionals in agronomy and soils. Their services and standards are widely recognized and accepted. Professional certification in plant pathology and weed science is also now available.
The Certified Professional Horticulturist program identifies qualified individuals and provides a Registry of those who have met the required educational and practical experience standards, that have subscribed to the code of ethics, and that are q ualified for recognition as professionals.Why should horticulturists consider certification?
The horticulturist certification information and application brochures may be ordered from ASHS Headquarters, 113 South West Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314-2824. The brochures are free. Considerable more detail is contained in the brochure.
Certification may be renewed annually for five years by payment of a fee (approximately $40 to $50, depending upon membership in ASHS). Meaningful certification is a continuing educational process, however. Certified Professional Horticulturists must subm it evidence of continuing education to maintain certification. In each five-year period, a CPH is required to accumulate a minimum of nine CEUs (Continuing Education Units). These CEUs may be through formal training, publications, presentations, or other professional activities. Every certified profession has similar requirements. Details on CEU requirements are not available now, but should be forthcoming.
If you are in a position where professional credentials would be beneficial, consider this program. The requirements and the costs are reasonable. If you wish to be recognized for your professional accomplishments, consider this program. If you want to he lp add to the status of the horticultural and landscape industry, consider this program.
Table 1. Core minimum requirement for certification as a Professional Horticulturist (from ASHS Newsletter). Minimum CPH Core Requirements Semester hours Professional Core Courses Introductory Horticulture 3 Crop Management (z) 12 Pest Management/Plant Protection (y) 6 Soil Science 3 Plant Physiology 3 Biology (Botany, Microbiology) 3 Chemistry (incl. one course in Org/Biochem) 8 Genetics 3 Supporting Core Courses Mathematics (College Algebra) 3 Communication Skills (x) 6 Horticultural Specialization (w) 6 Other (v) 6 z Courses such as Vegetable Crops, Fruit Crops, Ornamental Crops, Greenhouse Crops, Foliage Crops, Floral Crops, and Plant Propagation. y Courses such as Weed Science, Plant Pathology, and Entomology. x Courses such as Speech, Writing, Technical Writing, or Thesis. w Courses such as Breeding, Turf Management, Plant Nutrition, Tropical Horticultural Crops, Nut Crops, Viticulture, Small Fruits, Processing Fruits and Vegetables, Plant Identification, Nursery Management, Landscape Horticulture, Arboriculture, and Postharvest Horticulture. v Courses such as Irrigation and Drainage, Soil Fertility, Soil Micro biology, Cropping Systems, Plant Protection, Horticulture Entomology, Tissue Culture, Beekeeping, Surveying, Finance, Marketing, Business Management, Accounting, and Computer Application.
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