Green Industry Training

Cost- and Time-Efficient Education

Jan. 28 – Mar. 5, 2020 (except Feb. 27), Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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A workforce development program, Green Industry Training is a series of entry-level classes in topics important to the green industry followed by an exam to become Nursery Worker Certified. Many local garden centers and landscape companies require this certification for their entry-level employees because the classes give participants a solid, science-based foundation to enter the green industry with knowledge to build upon. Continuing education classes are offered throughout the year as well.

Classes are taught by Cooperative Extension, Nevada Department of Agriculture staff and local industry professionals, and are held at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension office in Reno, 4955 Energy Way and are video-conferenced to participating sites across the state of Nevada.

Reno single participants:

  • Enroll in individual classes: $15 per class
  • Enroll in full course (including optional exam): $95 

Companies: Receive a discount for registering more than one employee!

  • Enroll 2-5 employees: $85 for full course fee per student.
  • Enroll 6+ employees: $80 for full course fee per student. 

Full course fees include course materials (two books, class PowerPoint presentations on a flash drive), certificates of attendance, a mailed certification packet with Nursery Worker pin, laminated business card and certificate of completion, refreshments, other swag items and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Course fees also support Green Industry Continuing Education Series classes, which are held year-round as needed.

Full course participants get these additional books as resources:
Water Efficient Landscaping in the Intermountain West
Retail Garden Center Manual

2020 Class Topics

  • Jan. 28: Plant Disease Basics*^ Shouhua Wang, Nevada Department of Agriculture
  • Jan. 30: Insect Identification*^ Jeff Knight, Nevada Department of Agriculture
  • Feb. 4: Pruning Landscape Plants* Leslie Lyles, Stewardship Horticultural
  • Feb. 6: Understanding Soils and Fertilizers* Heidi Kratsch, Cooperative Extension
  • Feb. 11: Water Management* Heidi Kratsch, Cooperative Extension
  • Feb. 13: Garden Center Basics^ Jenn Fisher, Cooperative Extension
  • Feb. 18: Noxious Weeds & Weed Law^ with Nevada Department of Agriculture
  • Feb. 20: Sustainable Turfgrass Management*^ Wendy Hanson Mazet, Cooperative Extension
  • Feb. 25: IPM Basics & Pesticide Safety*^ Melody Hefner, Cooperative Extension
  • Mar. 3: Applying IPM Principles*^ Melody Hefner, Cooperative Extension
  • Mar. 5: Green Industry Training Exam (optional)

* ISA CEUs have been requested for this class.
^ Pesticide Applicator CEUs have been requested for this class. 

 Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance at the Reno site must call or notify Jenn Fisher at 775-336-0249 or fisherj@unce.unr.edu at least three days prior to the scheduled class