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MNLA Certification Exam

When: Please arrive to check in at 8:15 a.m.
Where: MNLA Office
1813 Lexington Avenue N
Roseville, Minnesota  55113
United States
Contact: Susan Flynn

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Submit completed application and payment to the MNLA office:

  • by email to:

  • by fax to: 651-633-4986

  • by mail to:1813 Lexington Avenue N, Roseville, MN  55113  

Exam Application:  Click here

The MNLA Certified Professional certification shows employers and clients that you are committed to your profession. It identifies you as a professional and proves your qualifications.

Fall Exam Dates:  

  • Friday, October 26

  • Friday, November 2

Location:  MNLA Office,1813 Lexington Avenue N, Roseville, MN 55113

Time:  8:30AM - 12:30PM (Please arrive to check in no later than 8:15AM)

Please Note:  Testing is limited to 7 applicants per test date. Applicants may test once per month. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please apply early!

Who is Eligible?

You are eligible to register for the exam if you meet the following requirements:

  • Have either two years of study in an accredited post-secondary nursery and/or landscape program that includes a structured internship, OR

  • A minimum of 2000 hours in nursery or landscape-related employment. 

A signature of an educational advisor or work supervisor is required on the exam registration form to verify completion of the prerequisite.

Why Become an MNLA-CP?

Achieving MNLA certification status benefits individuals by:

  • Instilling pride and confidence.

  • Establishing your ability to bring greater value to the nursery and landscape industry.

  • Demonstrating commitment to the nursery and landscape industry.

  • Enhancing employability within the industry.

How does it benefit me in my career?

  • Makes you distinct.

  • Identifies you as a professional.

  • Gives you credentials and proves your qualifications.

  • Provides you instant credibility with your clients and employers.

  • Contributes increased opportunities for advancement with many employers.

  • Demonstrates your commitment to your profession.

  • Distinguishes you from the competition.

How does it benefit MNLA member companies?

  • MNLA member businesses that employ certified professionals enhance their professional image, increase customer recognition and respect, provide a consumer marketing tool, and offer an additional tool for employee motivation, evaluation, and advancement.

Certification Exam Details

  • The exam is given in an electronic format with immediate results. You will sit at a laptop computer to take the exam.

  • The MNLA Certification Exam is still a two-part exam: you must pass a Basic Knowledge Exam and a specialty of your choosing (Landscape, Garden Center or Grower) to become MNLA Certified.

  • To maintain certification status, all individuals must compile at least 18 continuing education points every three years, and submit the records to MNLA, along with the $15.00 recertification fee.

How to Prepare for the Exam

Exam questions are based on information in the MNLA Certification Study Manual and Information and knowledge gained by the applicant’s collegiate or industry experience. 

Use these resources to prepare for the exam:

  • MNLA Certification Study Manual (visit to to download the study manual chapters free of charge)

  • Visit for Certification program information and additional recommended study materials, including a practice exam.

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