Its time to prepare for the Junior GGIA Certification.
If you have a floriculture and/or nursery landscape team you students are already primed for Jr. GGIA certification.

The Georgia Green Industry Junior Certification Level I program consists of a written exam and plant identification test. 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 section which includes both our FFA cde nursery landscape and floricutlure plants and
some of the disorders. Fifty plants will be displayed for students to identify. To pass the identification, a student must identify thirty-five plants correctly. (See attached plant ID list)

Date: January 24th, 2013
Location: Gwinnett Civic Center, Duluth, GA


9:00 - 9:25 Registration and Pick Up Name Badges
9:30 -11:30  Jr. GGIA Testing (Plant ID & Exam)
11:30-12:30 GGIA Career Speakers, Announcement Students Who Passed and top
individual scorers, Group Photo
12:30 -3:00 Lunch and Trade Show Visit

TEACHER PLU: Teachers who attend the full conference day 9:30 -3 p.m. and have prepared students who participate in the Jr GGIA certification testing are eligible for one plu. Note:* prepared* means your students come to the certification practiced and pass a minimum of one part of the certification.

Students grades 6-12th are eligible to register and test for certification.

Cost?  $10.00 per student whose school is a GGIA member and $20.00 per student if their school is not a GGIA member.

for Junior GGIA Certification

Mr. Todd Hurt, with GGIA,  has prepared a web interactive study site for Jr. GGIA. Website includes:

Plant Id Practice Quiz Plant Photo Gallery Lightbox Gallery Practice Written Exam Quiz

To set up an account go to and register as a new user.

Once you get a confirmation email (it can take up to 30 minutes depending on traffic to receive the email please be patient) you will be asked to enter a pass phrase use "qwerty" without the quotes. Please Note: There are three web courses listed on this page. Please select the course in which you are registered for or you will be studying the wrong plant list. The courses are clearly marked. Mr. Hurt has included detailed instructions inside of the course. Please feel free to contact him if something should be clearer. Todd Hurt" <[log in to unmask]>, He have also added a discussion forum at the top for reporting of problems.

Also on the agriculture education website there is a folder under the Horticulture Resources with all the GGIA Junior Certification materials including test study guides and power points with all identification plants.

Note : students who passed part of the certification (example passed the written exam but did not pass the plant identification) only have to take the part they did not pass.

HOW TO JOIN GGIA? Contact Georgia Green Indsutry Association at [log in to unmask] / 706-632-0100 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
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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