Green Industry Training

Cost- and Time-Efficient Education

A workforce development program, Green Industry Training is a series of entry-level classes in topics important to the green industry followed by an exam to become Nursery Worker Certified. Many local garden centers and landscape companies require this certification for their entry-level employees because the classes give participants a solid, science-based foundation to enter the green industry with knowledge to build upon. Green Industry Continuing Education Series classes are offered throughout the year as well.

Classes are taught by Extension, Nevada Department of Agriculture staff and local industry professionals, and are held at the Extension office in Reno, 4955 Energy Way and are video-conferenced to participating sites across the state of Nevada.

Green Industry Continuing Education Series (GICES)

The more you know, the more you grow!

Green Industry Continuing Education Series, or GICES provides current, accurate and useful information to Nevada’s green industry in a way that respects green industry members’ fast-paced schedules. Short informational sessions offer Continuing Education Units only on topics relevant to YOU.

Classes are taught by Extension, Nevada Department of Agriculture staff and local industry professionals, and are held at the Extension office in Reno, 4955 Energy Way and are video-conferenced to participating sites across the state of Nevada.

To suggest a topic please email Chad Morris, Cooperative Extension Program Officer, at chadmorris@unr.edu.


 
Green Industry Classes & Events

Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance at the Reno site must call or notify Chad Morris at (775) 336-0294 or chadmorris@unr.edu at least three days prior to the scheduled class.

 
 
News Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...
mowing lawn
Certified Nursery Workers (2019)
A list of certified Nursery Workers from the 2019 Green Industry Training program.
Fisher, J. 2019, Extension website
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Certified Nursery Workers, Spring 2020
Certified Nursery Worker Professional List, Spring 2020 Class
Morris, C. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Bulletin
roses on arbor
Different rose varieties need different pruning
How to prune different varieties of roses.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
Green Industry Professional’s Guide to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
A Green Industry Professional’s Guide to Integrated Pest Management is designed to help green industry personnel understand IPM and to aid in implementing a pest control plan.
Hefner, M., Kratsch, H. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension SP-17-14
person performing catch can test on lawn
Look for QWEL-certified pros for your next landscape contract
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper is a new program to Nevada for landscape professionals to learn about irrigation principles for water-efficiency.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
scottish thistle
Nevada Nuisance Weeds Field Guide
The plants listed in this field guide are nuisance weeds, those that are troublesome, but have not been listed by the state as noxious weeds.
Hefner, M., Kratsch, H. 2018, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension SP-18-02
pets
Pets and Pesticide Use
Pets are an important part of our lives. The animals that share our homes, yards and properties rely on us for protection and safety. Some pesticide products used in and around our homes, in our yards and on our lawns can harm our pets and other domestic animals if not used properly.
Donaldson, S., Hefner, M., and Moses, C. 2010, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, FS-10-06
Preparing your landscape for a vacation
How to care for your landscape or garden during vacation in summer months.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
oregon grape flower
What’s blooming now?
Flowers blooming in spring that are inconspicuous.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal

Learn more about the program's team

Wendy Hanson Mazet
Program Leader & Contact
Heidi Kratsch
Program Leader
Chad Morris
Program Leader & Contact