Snap-on has expanded its technical education program by now offering Horticulture Certification.


Horticulture is a fast-growing industry that requires specific job training and qualifications, and career opportunities exist for those skilled and educated in the proper use and safety of horticultural tools.


The Horticulture Certification course covers four areas: safety, pruner and lopper design, applications and tool maintenance.

 Safety objectives
Protective guidelines for using, storing and carrying
Pruner and lopper design
One- versus two-handed models
Features and sizes
Ergonomics
Applications
Environment and material size
Cutting guidelines
Tool maintenance

People who complete the Horticulture Certification course give themselves a leg up on the competition and will be prepared to meet the challenges of this career field in industries such as agriculture, floral, landscaping, parks and recreation, turf management, viticulture and others.


Horticulture is just one of many certification courses developed by Snap-on and designed to further the skills and hands-on knowledge of technicians. To date more than 100 technical schools from across the country are offering specialized Snap-on Certifications in disciplines like torque, diagnostics, vehicle information systems and now horticulture. These innovative new certification programs enable students to broaden their technical skills when enhancing their employability.


The goal of the Snap-on Education Program is to leverage more than 90 years of industry knowledge and tool expertise, developing product certification courses that serve as a significant enhancement to the curricula currently taught in today’s technical classrooms. These certification courses place emphasis on tool use, theory and application – three areas that make students more well-rounded, skilled and proficient on the job. The certifications are not an add-on, but rather are integrated into the existing courses offered by partnering schools.  


These certifications provide conformity and an across-the-board standard for technical schools to provide instruction in the three areas of tool use, theory and application. The certification training is a collaborative effort between Snap-on and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), which is a network of education partners and corporations that supports advances in workforce skills in the transportation, aviation, manufacturing and energy sectors. Snap-on certifications are currently offered in the following areas:

Horticulture
Automotive Scanner Diagnostics
Mechanical and Electrical Torque
Diesel Scanner Diagnostics
Wheel Service
Multimeter
Asset Management (Foreign Object Damage and Tool Control)
Building Performance Instruments

Technical school instructors benefit from a partnership with Snap-on as they have an opportunity to learn the latest advancements in tool technology and stay abreast of maintenance issues affecting their areas of expertise by attending training seminars at Snap-on’s Kenosha, Wis., facilities. And the technical school benefits by being able to offer program courses that best train students to become tomorrow’s professional technicians.


For more information about Snap-on’s Education Program, contact Frederick Brookhouse, senior business and education partnership manager, Snap-on, at 262.656.6043, email Frederick.p.brookhouse@snapon.com, or visit http://www1.snapon.com/Education.