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The Georgia Green Industry Junior Certification Level I program consists of a written exam and plant identification practicum. The written test is based on the educational objectives of the Georgia Agriculture Education horticulture curriculum and features 50 multiple choice questions. To pass the written exam, a student must answer thirty-five questions correctly. The second portion of the certification is plant identification. Fifty plants will be displayed for students to identify.  To pass the identification, a student must identify thirty-five plants correctly.

The Junior Plant Certification exam will be given once a year administered in January at the annual GGIA Conference and Trade Show held at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.  

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Students grades 6-12th are eligible to register and test for certification.


HOW TO PREPARE?

All information, training guide and certification process is outlined for
you on the agriculture education website.

http://aged.ces.uga.edu/
Look on the main page under red area What's New for the topic Junior GGIA Certification for study guide and additional information


Also under What's New there is a powerpoint with all the plants titled GGIA Cert ID.


Plants are a combination from the FFA cde nursery landscape and floriculture list. Format of test will be similar to cde. Students will have the plant list and have to write in the correct number that matches the plant.

Written test will be multiple choice - best way to prepare is to review past horticulture cde exam questions that address the topics outline for Jr. GGIA certification.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The registration fee is $10.00 for students from a school that is a GGIA member and $20.00 for students from non-member schools.

HOW DO I KNOW WHO PASSED?

Exams will be graded the day of testing. Students who pass the exam and plant identification will be rewarded with a portfolio certificate and a GGIA Junior Certification t-shirt. Top scoring individual will be recognized with a GGIA plaque.

WHAT IF A STUDENT DOES NOT PASSED?

All scores will be given back to the teachers of the students. An individual student can retake the exam as many times as he/she desires.  

WHY SHOULD TEACHERS ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO BE CERTIFIED?

1.        Connect students with Georgia Green Industry.
2.        Links classroom instruction directly to real life.
3.        Establish guidelines for achievement.  

4.        Award high levels of competence in the curriculum of horticulture.  
5.        Improve student participation by encouraging certification for performance.

6.        Increase the self-esteem of the student.

7.        Program reputation in community and industry for producing student excellence.




Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
Four Towers, University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia  30602
706-542-3679