Re-Certification FAQ

Re-certification and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why do I need to recertify?
To ensure you keep up with ever-changing horticulture knowledge through continuing education, to ensure you provide the VNLA with updates to your contact information and your status as a Virginia Certified Horticulturist is a renewal contract between you and the VNLA.

2. Why do I need to be a VNLA member to to be a Virginia Certified Horticulturist?
Certification is a VNLA member benefit. You need to work for a VNLA member company or be a member yourself.

3. What do I need to do to re-certify?
Complete 30 CEUs over the three-year period from the year you take the test, or three years from your last re-certification. You must report your CEUs each year. Your VCH expiration date is listed on your VCH certificate. VNLA is your state organization and “owns” the certification program and the VNLA is paid for the testing and manuals. CVNLA and NVNLA are local /regional organizations, separate from VNLA. To help members (of both organizations) prepare for the exam, local or regional associations offer review classes at their expense. They have to pay instructors, find classroom space, maintain materials, supply their own computers and plant slides and often get guest speakers. This is a member benefit so a member gets the benefit of lower fees – usually paying for itself just for this single use. As a member you would be able to take advantage of lower member rates at all meetings, conferences etc. Some are available ONLY to members.

Virginia Certified Horticulturist CEU Report Form

Click here to download the form. Please download the form to your desktop to fill out and send back to us via mail or email.

Contact the VNLA office if you have additional questions: 

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