Qualified Water-Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)

QWEL-The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper
This is a co-sponsored program with Utah State University, UNLA-UtahGreen And, the Water Districts of Utah. Through the Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Program, local landscape technician professionals are making a positive impact towards reducing landscape water demand by becoming more water efficient in landscape design, maintenance, and operation. Becoming a QWEL-certified landscaper has its advantages. Those who complete the QWEL program will be part of a marketing campaign at no cost to the landscaper, inclusion on the Conservation Garden Park website and online promotions. Those who complete the QWEL program may qualify for EPA WaterSense Contractor status and become part of a national marketing campaign, receive the rights to utilize the QWEL and/or EPA WaterSense logos for promotion of your business. The QWEL program is given 4 times a year. See Events page for dates and times.

Utah Certified Nursery Professional

Why become UCNP certified?
UCNP Program Description: On your path to professionalism in the horticulture industry, the Utah Certified Nursery Professional (UCNP) program certifies that individuals have minimum levels of experience and education and that they have successfully completed an exam demonstrating their understanding of a wide variety of horticulture knowledge and skills to competently serve in the green industry.

Required Text: The Retail Garden Center Manual - from the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, Publication 3492, Edited by Dennis R. Pittenger. The first manual is free to Regular Member firms and is available from the UNLA-Utah Green office.

Other Materials Required: Utah Sate University Extension Agency Fact Sheets and USU websites: USU Fact Sheets are available from the UNLA. The fact sheets and websites are available by mail, fax, email or on-line at www.utahgreen.org. The Retail Garden Center Manual and Utah State University Fact Sheets are intended to be both an instructional resource and a study aid for individuals seeking to become a Utah Certified Nursery Professional (UCNP) and also basic horticulture references for UCNP members. Chapters and Fact Sheets address important topics on basic horticulture, soil and water management, plant problem diagnosis and integrated pest management, landscape design and retail nursery sales.

Exam Dates: UCNP exams are given twice a year. The first test will be given in conjunction with the Utah Green Industry Conference and Trade Show in January and the second, in August of each year.

Please share this with your organization. Contact the UNLA-Utah Green office for more information.

Study Materials

  • UCNP Plant List
  • UCNP Fact Sheets
  • UCNP Plant ID Guide
  • UCNP Syllabus

  • New Applicants: please complete this Application.pdf

    Quarterly UCNP Quiz

  • Quiz 4 2017
  • Quiz 1 2018
  • Quiz 2 2018
  • Quiz 3 2018