Online training on green industry
As part of the University of Nevada’s Green Industry Continuing Education Series, Reno Extension offers an entry-level online course series for those looking to become certified nursery workers. The workshops will include topics important to green industry professionals including landscapers, nursery workers and gardeners.
“We are delighted to offer a green industry training in February for those looking to enter the green industry, to become professional. [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 who wish 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, staff from the Nevada Department of Agriculture, and local industry professionals. Topics include:
- February 2: Soil and water management
- February 4: pruning of landscape plants
- February 9: Noxious weeds and weed law
- February 11: Insect identification
- February 16: Sustainable management of turf
- February 18: Basics of plant diseases
- February 23: Basics of the garden center
- February 25: IPM and pesticide safety
- March 1: certification exam (optional)
The cost for individual lessons is $ 15 per lesson, 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 a $ 10 discount per student. The discount increases to $ 15 discount 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 continuing education units (CEUs) from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Pesticide Safety. Course fees also support the Green Industry Continuing Education Series courses, which take place year round as needed.
The Green Industry Continuing Education Series provides current research-based information to green industry professionals. For upcoming courses, visit series website.
For more information on courses or certification, email Morris. Individuals requiring special accommodations or assistance should contact Morris at least three days prior to class.