Why gamble with your future? Get educated!

Experienced workers are the core of any business and industry, with proper education and skill vital to the development of a solid business and thriving industry. Considerable levy funds have been invested into the development of training programs and finding the gaps in skills that need to be nurtured and encouraged.

All business and industries need skilled labour to survive. Education and skill development is vital to the development of strong, robust businesses and a competitive, thriving industry. The industry has invested considerable sums of levy funds into the development of industry specific training programs and research into what are the gaps in training that levy payers see as critical for business development.

Those who do not invest in their skill development are gambling with their future. One day you are ahead; the next day, barely keeping up.

Staff and business owners in the nursery and garden industry have access to training and skill development activities via multiple networks including:

  • State Association workshop activities and field days
  • TAFE network and other government funded institutes
  • Private training providers
  • Universities
  • Government departments, such as the Department of Primary Industries
  • Specialist groups
  • In-house training (i.e. skill development performed within businesses and organisations)

The nursery and garden industry offers recognition to those individuals via the Certified Nursery Professional (CNP) recognition scheme.


The Certified Nursery Professional (CNP) program is the industry's professional recognition scheme for individuals. CNP members are acknowledged for their skill and expertise within the nursery and garden industry.

This program is highly valuable as most businesses consider skilled and knowledgeable staff to be their most valuable asset.

The CNP program:

  • Acknowledges your ongoing commitment to improving your skills and industry knowledge, thereby enriching your personal experience of work and meeting the needs of customers
  • Provides the public with assurance that you have the knowledge and skills to provide superior services
  • Encourages a highly skilled industry by ensuring it remains competitive and has the ability to adapt accordingly
  • Offers you valuable networking opportunities and access to ongoing professional development activities


There are two sectors of CNP, both of equal standing. The Professional level indicates a broad understanding of horticultural practice, such as a Nursery Person, while the Specialist level indicates a specialisation in a particular area of the industry such as Propagator or a planting media specialist.

To be eligible for CNP recognition status, you must meet the following criteria:


To obtain Professional Recognition Status, you must have a minimum of either:

  • A Certificate III Horticulture and 5 years’ experience; or
  • 10 years or more experience in the nursery and garden industry (no formal qualification required)


To obtain Specialist Recognition Status, you must have a minimum of either:

  • A relevant qualification at Diploma level or higher AND 10 years experience; or
  • 15 years or more experience in the nursery and garden industry (no formal qualification required

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