I am proud to say that 4 people have passed their 3rd state certification class and are now Master Technicians!
The Master Technician status is granted to those individuals who successfully hold all three of the certification specializations of the Ohio Certified Nursery Technician program: Garden Center, Landscape, and Grower.
The purposes of the Ohio Certified Nursery Technician – Master program are to improve the skills and knowledge of the green industry employee; to have this improvement and professional qualifications recognized in the eyes of the public as well as within the landscape and nursery industry; to provide the public, architects, and contractors with dependable landscape construction techniques and horticultural expertise; and to provide a means of self improvement, increased worth to the employee and improved customer service.
Training manuals for OCNT program were authored by various faculty members of the Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and edited by a nine member committee comprised of garden center owners, nursery stock growers, and landscape contractors from around the state.
To receive recognition as an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician – Master, a person must successfully pass three separate examinations based on information contained in three different training manuals and practical work experience. In order to retain certification status, an OCNT must continuously expand their knowledge of the green goods industry by attending seminars and courses.
The Ohio Certified Nursery Technician program is not in any way connected with any agency of the government, but is solely and exclusively a voluntary education program sponsored by the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association.
I found out that there are only 216 Master Technicians in the State of Ohio.