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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Floriculture - Greenhouse (4949)

Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.
September 2009 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: display basic safe work practices; identify and correctly use floral supplies and tools; use ribbons and accessories in floral design; design and create basic arrangements; process, condition, and store plants and cut flowers; exhibit knowledge of shop sanitation, including coolers, containers, and buckets; identify cut materials and plants; display basic knowledge of floral design history; create and design permanent floral arrangements; safely use steel pick machine, hot glue gun, and other floral adhesives; apply the principles and elements of floral design; exhibit knowledge of various floral wire services (FTD®, Teleflora®, and electronic services); design and create various holiday and special occasion arrangements; apply knowledge and competence with wedding designs and accessories; apply knowledge and competence with funerals and sympathy work; identify and describe business categories (sole proprietor, partnership, etc.); exhibit knowledge of proper floriculture salesmanship techniques, customer relations, including telephone etiquette; set up effective merchandise displays and window displays; exhibit knowledge of effective floriculture advertising techniques; correctly price and determine costs of floral arrangements; apply knowledge of correct inventory procedures, shipping/receiving, and completing invoices; apply business math (invoice, payroll, labor, etc.); identify and describe careers/jobs within the floral and/or greenhouse industry; classify plants using binomial nomenclature; identify and describe plant life cycles; identify and describe plant anatomy and physiology; exhibit understanding of sexual and asexual plant reproduction; identify and describe soil microbiology, components, and classification; describe drainage dynamics and types; identify and describe essential and trace elements, interactions, and availability; analyze soil test results; identify and describe types of growing media; correctly select appropriate structures, sites, and layouts for greenhouses; describe various watering techniques; describe environmental factors that affect crop production; apply methods of propagation (i.e., sexual, asexual); identify types and uses of fertilizers; describe concepts and practices of integrated pest management (IPM); identify and describe greenhouse-related worker protection standards; describe various effective methods of greenhouse climate control; identify greenhouse crops; identify and use greenhouse-related containers; identify and describe insect types, anatomy, and life cycles. Performance Component: Isosceles Triangle Arrangement (19%); Design a Multi-Flower Corsage (25%); Cash Register/Sales (10%); Plant Classification and Identification (26%); Start/Propagate Herbaceous Plant from a Stem Tip Cutting (20%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Fundamentals of Floriculture-Greenhouse (11/13) (11/18 revalidation) (11/23 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.