California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers


All About the CCN Pro Exams and Requirements

CCN Pro - Setting The Industry Standard

CCN Pro = Increasing the value of customer service through training and education.

  • Excellent customer service
  • Enhanced customer relations
  • Credentials customers relate to


Requirements for Taking the CCN Pro Exam

Individual must complete the following work experience: 18 months (at any time in one’s job history), full-time, California nursery (includes wholesale nursery experience) or 3,120 cumulative hours.

Optional ways to earn hours towards the required 3,120 hours: 1,040 hours are earned for an ornamental/environmental horticulture degree from a 4-year program, OR 520 hours are earned for an ornamental/environmental horticulture degree from a 2-year program.

Additional option: Upon proof of certification or 24 months nursery experience from another state, 12 months of nursery experience in California is then required.


Before the CCN Pro Exam

Prepare for the initial CCN Pro exam by:

  • Study the Retail Garden Center Manual for the general questions, landscape design information
  • The Retail Garden Center Study Guide is a must as it leads you through all three parts of the exam with instruction, sample tests, exam information, lawn calculation exercises and so much more.
  • Plant identification flash cards - basic information on each plant on the official plant list.


CCN Pro Exam Description

To earn certification status, individuals must pass each of the three segments of the initial exam with a score of at least 70 percent.

Questions: 100 true/false, in addition to multiple choice based on the manual and from practical experience.

Plant Identification: 35 plants must be identified with complete botanical and common names and correctly spelled. These are chosen at random from the list of over 250 plants (list included in study guide).  

Landscape Design: Landscape is designed on a pre-printed plot plan to scale complete with legend, plus 115 landscape questions. The last 15 questions ask you to calculate a lawn and the use of amendments along with how many cubic feet of amendments and the cost to the customer.


Initial Exam Schedule
  • Held twice annually in February and July in Northern and Southern California.
  • Each section is timed; the complete exam takes approximately five hours.
Initial Exam Retests

Exam section(s) not passed by the 70 percent requirement can be retaken as many times as one wishes in order to achieve status. If not within three years of the last testing date, the full exam must be retaken, including the sections passed earlier; the full initial exam fee is required.

Register for a Clinic
  • CCN Pro Landscape Clinic: September 5, 2017 at Green Thumb International - Santa Clarita  (23734 Newhall Ave, Newhall, CA 91321)
Register for an Exam
The next scheduled exams are on:
  • September 12, 2017 at Armstrong Garden Centers (32382 Del Obispo St., San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675)
  • September 14, 2017 at Green Thumb International Garden Chapel - Canoga Park (21812 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303)
2017 Exam Registration Form

2017 Advanced Exam Registration Form