Northern California Native Plant
Landscaper Certification Program (CNPLC)

Grow your business with California native plants  /  Haz crecer tu negocio con plantas nativas de California

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. (¡Los jardines de plantas nativas están floreciendo por todas partes, lo que genera una creciente demanda de paisajistas con experiencia en plantas nativas! El Programa de Certificación en Paisajismo de Plantas Nativas de California (CNPLC) ha sido diseñado teniendo en cuenta estas oportunidades. Creado e impartido por expertos en plantas nativas de California, este programa está diseñado para brindar capacitación laboral tanto para profesionales del paisajismo existentes como para aquellos que aspiran a serlo.)

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. (¡Esta clase está dirigida a profesionales del paisajismo que trabajan en el norte de California! Esperamos que la demanda supere la disponibilidad de plazas para estas clases. Se da prioridad a los paisajistas en activo. La clase se imparte tanto en inglés como en español. Si hablas español con fluidez, es probable que haya más disponibilidad de clases para ti.)

This round of classes is supported by the Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment allowing them to be free to participants. (Esta serie de clases cuenta con el apoyo del Fondo de Investigación Hortícola de Saratoga, lo que permite que sean gratuitas para los participantes.)

Current Class Schedule:

Stay tuned as we try to add more classes – Use the Registration button below to be added to the waiting list for additional classes or cancellations


August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 3-5 pm by zoom. August 29th 3-5 pm in person. Applicants must live an/or work in the Santa Clara Valley Chapter region. Apply here. Applications accepted through Sunday, July 14, 2024.

August 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22 – 5-7 pm fully remote- Full and Closed

October 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, & 25 – 3-5pm fully remote  – Full and Closed

Join the waiting list for openings and additional classes here.


Spanish – Zoom con clase final en persona:

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

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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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