Green industry training offered online

As part of the University of Nevada’s Green Industry Continuing Education Series, Reno Extension offers a series of online entry-level courses for those interested in earning Nursery Worker certification. The workshops will include topics important to professionals in the green industry, including landscapers, nurserymen and gardeners.

“We are excited to be offering Green Industry Training in February for those looking to enter the Green Industry, gain vocational training [continuing education units] or develop their understanding of horticulture,” said Chad Morris, Commercial Horticulture Extension Program Coordinator. “Unlike previous years, the series will be delivered entirely via Zoom and will conclude with a remote test for those wishing to receive certification.”

The workshops will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon, every Tuesday and Thursday, from February 2 to 25, via Zoom. An optional exam will take place on March 1. Classes are taught by extension experts, Nevada Department of Agriculture staff, and local industry professionals. Topics include:

  • February 2: Soil and Water Management
  • February 4: Pruning landscape plants
  • February 9: Noxious Weeds and Weed Law
  • February 11: Identification of insects
  • February 16: Sustainable Turf Management
  • February 18: Plant Disease Basics
  • February 23: Basics of gardening
  • February 25: LAI and pesticide safety
  • March 1: certification exam (optional)

The cost for individual lessons is $15 per class, or participants can register for the entire course for a reduced cost of $80. Organizations that enroll two to five employees for the full course receive $10 off per student. The discount increases to $15 per student when six or more employees of the same company are enrolled.

Registration can be done online. The deadline to register for courses is January 26.

Fees include course materials, certificates of attendance and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Pesticide Safety Continuing Education Units (CEU). Course fees also support Green Industry Continuing Education Series courses, which run year-round as needed.

The Green Industry Continuing Education Series provides current research-based information for green industry professionals. For upcoming courses, visit the series website.

For course or certification information, email Morris. Individuals requiring special accommodations or assistance should contact Morris at least three days prior to class.