6 Benefits of having a Certified Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner-CTHP™ Certification

As a dedicated therapeutic horticulture practitioner, you understand the importance of continuous learning and professional growth. Our Advancing Skills in Therapeutic Horticulture Course offers a pathway to a Certified Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner (CTHP™) Certification. This certification will enhance your therapeutic horticulture knowledge and accelerate your career by acknowledging your expertise and dedication to the field.

6 Benefits of having a Certified Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner-CTHP™ Certification

1. Deepened Expertise

Are you ready to take your therapeutic horticulture practice to the next level? The CTHP™ certification provides an opportunity for you to deepen your expertise in the field. Through this course, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of advanced techniques, specialized applications, and nuanced approaches that go beyond the basics.

Consider working with a client who has specific needs, such as veterans with PTSD in long-term care or autistic youth in a community setting. With your advanced training, you can implement specialized therapeutic horticulture techniques that directly address their unique needs and create, select and adapt activities accordingly. This certification equips you with the skills needed to create, document and adapt activities, sessions and programs to meet diverse needs of your participants.

2. Increased Marketability

How can you stand out in today’s competitive job market? The CTHP™ certification significantly boosts your marketability to potential clients and employers. By obtaining this certification, you showcase your dedication to the field and your ability to meet recognized standards of excellence.

Picture yourself applying for a position at a prestigious rehabilitation center. The hiring committee is looking for someone who not only understands therapeutic horticulture but also has a proven track record of advanced skills and knowledge. Your CTHP™ certification highlights your commitment and sets you apart from other candidates, potentially increasing your chances of securing the job. Employers and clients value the assurance that comes with hiring a certified practitioner, and this certification could be the deciding factor that highlights your professional development and expertise. This credential can expand your opportunities and help you to achieve your therapeutic horticulture careers goals by allowing you to seek out, create and land employment in the field.

3. Professional Recognition

Do you want to be recognized as a leader in therapeutic horticulture? Earning the CTHP™ designation is a testament to your excellence and expertise in therapeutic horticulture. This professional recognition signals to employers, colleagues, and clients that you possess a high level of knowledge and skills, distinguishing you as a leader in the field.

The CTHP™ Certification can establish you as a leader qualified to advocate for the benefits of therapeutic horticulture, contribute professionally, speak at conferences and other educational events, and aid in the overall development of the profession. Your certified status can enhance the impact of your voice in discussions about therapeutic horticulture.

4. Enhanced Credibility

How important is credibility in your professional relationships? Certification establishes you as a credible, professional, and competent practitioner. In the field of therapeutic horticulture, trust and credibility are paramount. Clients and colleagues need to know they are working with someone who adheres to the highest standards.

When starting a new therapeutic horticulture program at a community center, potential clients and their families may be skeptical about new programs. Presenting your CTHP™ certification reassures them of your expertise and commitment to high standards, helping to build and maintain trust in your professional relationships. This increased credibility will help you to create and sustain meaningful working relationships with clients, colleagues, employers, and other stakeholders.

5. Professional Network

Would you like to connect with a wider community of professionals in your field? One of the most valuable benefits of obtaining the CTHP™ certification is your GrowTH Network membership. This international network connects you to a wider community of professionals in the field, facilitating opportunities for collaboration, mentorship and shared learning.

Facing a challenging situation and needing advice from experienced peers is easier when you’re part of the GrowTH Network, where you can both give and receive support, share your expertise, and benefit from the collective knowledge of the community. You will also stay informed about the latest resources, activities and best TH/HT practices. There are many ways to connect, learn and collaborate in the GrowTH Network, from forum discussions and direct messaging to the resource library, activity database and regular virtual events. You are able to connect with like-minded professionals around the world who work with similar populations and programs.

6. Professional Development & CE Credits

How do you stay at the forefront of the therapeutic horticulture field? Maintaining your CTHP™ certification requires ongoing professional development through GrowTH Network events. This commitment to continuous learning ensures that you remain at the forefront of the field with the most current knowledge and skills.

An example of an upcoming professional development opportunity is our June guest speaker presentation on ‘Your Garden and Climate Change’ by Rebecca Last, live on June 20th. This talk covers the basics of the climate crisis we are facing, its impact on weather, water, plants, food, and wildlife, and suggests positive measures gardeners can take to climate-proof their gardens. The event will be followed by a discussion led by Root in Nature on why this topic is crucial for therapeutic horticulture practitioners and clients.

Attending such events, as well as our monthly peer support calls, helps integrate new techniques into your practice, improving client outcomes and enhancing your career prospects. Staying current with industry advancements allows you to provide the best possible care and contribute meaningfully to the field’s growth and development.

This continuing course content is also pre-approved by NCTRC for 22 hours or 2.2 CEUs.

The CTHP™ certification offers numerous benefits for therapeutic horticulture practitioners, from deepening your experience and enhancing your marketability to providing professional recognition and credibility. By joining the GrowTH Network and committing to ongoing professional development, you position yourself as a leader in the field, ready to take on new challenges and opportunities. 

Enroll in the Advancing Skills in Therapeutic Horticulture Course today and take the next step in your professional journey. Pursue the CTHP™ certification to elevate your career and make a lasting impact in therapeutic horticulture.

Enroll in our Advancing Skills in Therapeutic Horticulture Course today to earn your CTHP™ certification. Monthly enrollment is available!