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Certified Young Plant Professional (CYPP) is a North Carolina certification that recognizes proficiency in the nursery workforce, distinguishes young green industry professionals and provides the green industry with a means of identifying qualified young nursery professionals. This test is administered by North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA).

Who can take the test?

Students that have completed, or are currently enrolled in, Horticulture II or equivalent classes.


What’s on the test?

Written Exam: 50 multiple choice questions 

Plant Identification Exam: There will be 50 plants to identify. You will be provided a list of plant names. Each plant is assigned a unique ID number, you will match each Plant ID number to their plant name from the list provided.


How do you pass?

To become a Certified Young Plant Professional, the applicant must pass (70% correct) of the written test and the plant identification test. 


How much does it cost?

The exam fee is $50. 

***Fee is non-transferable and non-refundable. Failure to show for a confirmed test date will result in forfeiture of fees.

With each student registration, the student will receive a one-year membership to the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc. (NCNLA). Membership will include discounts to all NCNLA events, a digital copy of Nursery & Landscape Notes, and access to a huge network of green industry professionals/contacts.

Upcoming CYPP Test Dates

**2019 Exam Schedule will be posted February-March 2019**


Preparation Tools

CYPP Plant ID List



**Please see individual exams for test schedule and location information.**

 For a list of students who have earned their CYPP, click here.

Already a CYPP? Continue your Horticulture education with assistance from NCNLA.

NCNLA's Robert Cagle Memorial Scholarship is an opportunity to support the continuing education needs of qualified horticultural and landscape students that have earned NCNLA’s CYPP certification. The Scholarship identifies and rewards horticulture students who exemplify scholastic aptitude, positive attitude, and industry potential.