Penn State Extension expands suite of online landscape skills courses

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Penn State Extension recently expanded its library of landscape workforce training course and offers newly available wholesale pricing to landscape and nursery professionals.

Two new courses recently launched – “Plant Identification and Use: Herbaceous Perennials” and “Plant Identification and Use: Bulbs and Other Geophytes” – bring the online course library to 29.

Designed to meet the training needs of the landscape industry workforce, courses include courses in tree and shrub pruning, plant biology and taxonomy, and management, among others. pests and diseases.

Business owners can enroll their employees to take the online training as part of their new hire onboarding process or for professional development.

“The landscape training videos are really good,” said Ted Ventre, owner of Hively Landscapes in Dover and board member of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association. “We have seen improvements in the work of our team. We can differentiate between the work of the crews who have completed the training and the crews who have not yet done the training.

Classes are self-paced and use educational videos, pictures, short readings, and knowledge check questions. Enrollees can access a course for 365 days from the course start date. Many courses offer the opportunity to earn Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator Recertification credits or Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist Continuing Education credits.

Penn State Extension is currently offering discounted pricing for its entire suite of landscape workforce training course, which includes all entry-level landscape employee training courses and all mid-level landscape workforce development courses. Course prices range from $19 to $59, and wholesale pricing is also available for businesses that want to purchase group registrations for specific courses.

For example, if a company registers 10 employees, it will receive a 10% discount for each registrant. The discount increases as the number of registrants increases. The highest discount of 25% is offered with a bulk registration of 75 registrants.

During November and December, members of the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association will receive an additional 35% discount on all course registrations purchased.

“I can’t say enough good things about the video content and production; they are a very useful tool to have in our training toolbox,” Ventre said.

These courses were developed with support from the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association.

More information about online courses is available on the Penn State Extension website.