Northern California Native Plant
Landscaper Certification Program (CNPLC)

Grow your business with California native plants

Native plant gardens are blooming everywhere, creating growing demand for landscapers with native plant expertise. The California Native Plant Landscaper Certification Program (CNPLC) is designed with these opportunities in mind. Created and taught by California native plant experts, this program is designed to provide job training for existing and aspiring landscape professionals.

This class is for landscape professionals working in Northern California. We anticipate the demand exceeding the availability for these classes. Priority is given to working landscapers. The class is held in English and in Spanish. If you are fluent in Spanish, the classes are like to be more available.

This round of classes is supported by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment allowing them to be free to participants.

Anticipated Schedule:

English – Zoom classes:

February 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22 – 3-5 pm – Full and Closed

 April 1, 3 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, & 19 – 10 am – noon – Full and Closed

August 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22 – 5-7 pm

October 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, & 25 – 3-5pm


Spanish – Zoom with final class in person:

March 26, 28, April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18 and April 20 – 6-8pm

September 10, 12, 17, 18, 24, 26, October 1, 3 and 5 – 6-8pm

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Gardens of the future

According to a survey by the American Landscapers Association, native plants are expected to be the #1 landscaping trend in coming years.

Program Benefits

Thousands of Californians across the state are looking for landscape professionals with native plant expertise. As a certified California Native Plant Landscaper, you’ll have the skills and confidence to meet growing consumer demand.

Specialized knowledge

Native plants are different than traditional landscaping plants. Learn about:

  • Native plant identification
  • Irrigation efficiency
  • Garden evaluation
  • Weed and pest management
A practical, inclusive approach

We’ve created a streamlined program to accommodate your schedule and needs:

  • Flexible evening and weekend hours
  • Online and hands-on training
  • Classes in English and Spanish
Good for business

Set yourself apart with the California’s first certification for native plant landscaping:

  • Expand your client base
  • Gain in-demand skills
  • Build professional credibility
  • Be forward-thinking

To inquire about a class for your organization or to apply to be a teacher for the CNPLC in Northern California, please email Ann-Marie Benz at For all CNPLC classes and information in Southern California, please connect with our partners at Theodore Payne Foundation.

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