Certification is a set of standards developed, maintained and administered by industry. These standards establish a minimum level of competency for professional members of the industry. Certification is voluntary - as opposed to state licensing - and not required by law to do business. However, certification helps regulate the industry by providing a means by which consumers can identify industry members who have demonstrated their skills and abilities.
Overall, certification raises the standards, the professionalism and the image of an industry.
What is FNGLA Certification all about?
FNGLA certification provides Florida's nursery and landscape industry personnel the opportunity to earn professional designations distinguishing themselves from others. With the first certification program taking root in 1984, FNGLA's certifications are a true mark of distinction.
Through extensive written and practical exams, Florida's nursery and landscape professionals demonstrate proficiency in general horticultural knowledge, plant and pest identification, legal and regulatory issues and fertilizer use, in addition to Best Management Practices, landscape design, landscape installation and landscape management principles. FNGLA's certified professionals "Know What Grows!"
For industry, certification...
allows an industry to regulate itself in the absence of state licensure (read about this in Definitions (PDF)
increases its professionalism and public image
educates consumers and other end users on the varying levels of service within an industry
For individuals, certification...
shows your professional commitment and ability to perform to established industry standards
tells your clients you put knowledge and expertise first and pass this on to your customers
improves your job prospects by giving you an advantage over a non-certified person
For businesses, certification...
markets your professional expertise to allow your business to stand out from competitors
educates your staff AND your customers, establishing trusted relationships & repeat business
qualifies you to bid on jobs that require FNGLA's certification as a pre-qualification
FNGLA administers several industry certification programs that encompass all aspects of Florida's nursery and landscape industry.