CPH Program Brochure and Application


Apply online.
Download the CPH Application.
Download the Program brochure.

Exam Schedule

All MNLGA CPH exams are administered at the Maryland Department of Agriculture, in Annapolis. To register for the Basic Exam, you must first apply for admittance into the program by completing and returning the program applicationTo apply online, select here. Candidates must pre-register with the MNLGA office in order to be on the exam schedule.


October 6, 2020 


October 6, 2020 (Advanced Plant ID) 

Program Fees

There is a two-tiered fee structure for participants in the CPH program. Participants who are employed with companies that are not members of the MNLGA, will pay fees that are higher than fees charged to participants who are employed with MNLGA member firms. 

  MNLGA Member Non-MNLGA Member
Application Fee - Basic Program $140 $240
Three-year Renewal Fee $35 $55


In addition, a $20.00 fee will be required if an applicant needs to sit a third time for the Basic Exam.

Specialist Program

The CPH Program will offers the each of the 5 Specialist exams based on interest:

  1. Advanced Plant ID
  2. Specialist Perennials
  3. Integrated Pest Management  
  4. Advanced Weeds ID
  5. Landscape Contracting

When a Specialist exam is to be scheduled it will be listed on our events page. If you are interested in taking a particular Specialist exam, and you don't see one scheduled, please reach out to [email protected] to notify us of your interest. Please specify your testing availability (e.g. Fall 2020) and the type of Specialist exam (e.g. Advanced Plant ID).