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UNCE offers head start for gardeners, horticulturists

Posted 11/30/2011

Continuing education credits available for pesticide applicators and certified arborists

Although gardening plans may be in hibernation until spring, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) is hosting a "Green Industry Training" series for people working for nurseries, landscaping companies or in business for themselves.

The series, which runs from Jan. 17 until Feb. 9, features a broad range of topics including weed law and identification, basic irrigation and creating water-efficient landscapes. UNCE horticulture faculty, staff and local industry professionals teach classes. Select courses can also be taken to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for pesticide applicators and certified arborists.

"UNCE’s Green Industry Training provides new and experienced workers with valuable information that can help them be successful in their job," said Western Area Horticulture Specialist Heidi Kratsch. "We also provide continuing education (CEUs) for a number of professional organizations at a very reasonable price. It’s an easy way to polish your skills and keep up in your field."

The training is also open to the public and to Master Gardeners.

Each session costs $15 to attend, or $80 to enroll in all eight courses. Classes will be held at the Cooperative Extension office in Reno at 4955 Energy Way on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Class registration and payment must be submitted prior to Jan. 17.

A registration form is available at or by calling Ashley Andrews at 775-336-0231 or emailing her at

Class Schedule:

  • Jan. 17: Weed Law and Identification*
  • Jan. 19: Botany for the Green Industry**
  • Jan. 24: Pesticide Use in Landscapes***
  • Jan. 26: Soils and Plant Health**
  • Jan. 31: Basic Irrigation**
  • Feb. 2: Diagnosing Plant Health Problems***
  • Feb. 7: Coping with Trees and Turf**
  • Feb 9: Water-Efficient Landscapes**

*Pesticide Applicator CEUs have been requested for this class
**ISA CEUs have been requested for this class
***CEUs offered for both Pesticide Applicators and ISAs.

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is the outreach college that extends knowledge from the University of Nevada — and other land-grant universities — to local communities to address critical needs. UNCE is a federal-state-county partnership with 19 statewide offices. Its more than 200 personnel -- with the help of volunteers -- conduct programs in agriculture; children, youth and families; community development; health and nutrition; horticulture; and natural resources.

Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance must contact Ashley Andrews, or 775-336-0231 at least three days prior to the first day of the course.

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