California Native Plant Landscaper Certificate Program at Chino Basin Water Conservation District Interest Form

A new idea has taken root in California gardening. The movement towards native landscaping is already widespread and growing every year, opening new opportunities for professional landscapers.

The California Native Plant Landscaper Certificate Program (CNPLC) is a job-training program for landscape professionals developed and taught by highly respected native plant experts.

This program, as hosted at Chino Basin Water Conservation District, is currently only open to those providing services or working for agencies within the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga, and / or Upland.

If you do not work in the areas listed above, you can learn more about the larger program, offered by Theodore Payne Foundation in other areas, at

Participants will learn best practices in maintenance, selection, planting, pruning, irrigation, and pest management for California native plants and landscapes that contain them. 

California naitve plants are quickly gaining popularity in landscape projects, and we are providing this program to help ensure our region has a well-trained workforce ready help these landscapes thrive.

Although focused on California native plant material, most of the concepts presented will also apply to other low-water demanding or waterwise landscapes.

We will cover the unique challenges, and solutions to those challenges presented by both large-scale commercial / municipal sites and residential landscapes, including maintenance timing and irrigation scheduling.

Please fill out the form below to submit your application for joining an upcoming California Native Plant Landscaper Certificate Program taking place at Chino Basin Water Conservation District's Waterwise Community Center (located in Montclair). The next session of the course will run on Saturdays, January 27, February 3, and February 10. Participants must attend all three days of instruction.
We also intend to offer a weekday run of the course coming this Spring.

This program is being offered though a collaboration between Chino Basin Water Conservation District, the Theodore Payne Foundation, and the California Native Plant Society.

Chino Basin Water Conservation District is sponsoring this certificate training, so it is FREE to all who participate. The program is open to career landscapers / gardeners, garden designers, landscape architects, other professionals involved in the landscape industry, as well as students pursuing careers in the landscape field. 

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