University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers several educational programs for commercial landscape and nursery professionals. Green Industry Training, Green Industry Continuing Education Series and Weed Warriors are all available for industry professionals.
Green Industry Training has morphed over the years, but is currently offered for landscape and nursery professionals. Classes are held early in the year for individuals looking for education before gaining employment in the landscape and nursery industry. Students will attend classes covering a variety of topics for successful landscaping in Nevada and have the opportunity to take an exam to receive the Nursery Worker Certification.
As a continuing education component of Green Industry Training, Green Industry Continuing Education series is offered almost every month to provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Pesticide Applicators and International Society of Arboriculture to busy industry professionals. Classes are usually one hour during lunch so professionals can receive quick and easy education. Classes topics are based on industry interest and CEU opportunities.
Weed Warriors is currently offered yearly for industry professionals interested in learning to identify and control common nuisance weeds and noxious weeds. This program is a partnership with Cooperative Extension and Nevada Department of Agriculture. Students learn through lectures as well as hands-on activities. Weed Warriors can be video-conferenced to other Nevada sites where attendance and staffing is available.
Nevada Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training is a partnership with Nevada Department of Agriculture and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Training is provided for pesticide applicators for certification as a Licensed Pesticide Applicator. “State and federal laws require that only certified applicators apply or supervise the application of Restricted-Use Pesticides (RUP).”