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2021 Certification Training Program

Current 2021 Season Participation in Connect+ and Certification Programs


PW Certified LogoThe 2021 Certification Training Program

At Proven Winners®, plants aren't the only thing we're committed to growing. We’re also dedicated to growing your business by increasing your knowledge of Proven Winners plants, products and consumer trends. We understand the crucial role garden centers and their employees play in providing information and advice to people who love to garden. That’s why we’ve developed the Proven Winners Certified Training Program for garden centers - an ongoing partnership that offers the opportunity to learn more about our plants while building your employees' confidence to sell Proven Winners. Why certify? 


Certification ends May 1st.

8 Simple Steps - Get Started Today! 

  1. Log in and Subscribe to CONNECT+ The 2021 Certification Training Program is part of the Proven Winners CONNECT+ program. But CONNECT+ has more to offer than just certification. There are four levels of marketing/advertising services aimed to make your life easier.  Check out the chart and subscribe to the level that works best for your business. Learn more about CONNECT+

  2. Manager set-up - Add your store location(s), list the number of employees that will complete the training, and choose your rewards. Download the Managers Step By Step Instructions - PDF.

    Help Me Find My Employee Certified Test Keys

  3. Train - Watch the 45 minute training video.

  4. Test and choose reward - Take the online certification test or download the employee test forms.

  5. Comment - Give us some feedback or take our survey and receive
    a chance to win a $150 gift card for or a $50 gift card. Once you complete the test you will have
    access to the survey.

  6. Print - Print your certificate of completion for employees and garden center and these handy take away sheets - PDF.

  7. Enjoy your FREE pizza party or Donate the funds we have allocated for your pizza party to help stamp out hunger in the U.S. and Canada. It's easy--just submit your pizza receipt online - Log in  Get resources - Submit Pizza Rebate. See below for step by step instructions.

    Help Me Submit My Pizza/Donation Voucher

  8. Post - Take a picture of your staff wearing their new Proven Winners t-shirts and post it on social media. Tag us at #PWPros to let everyone know your garden center is ready to make recommendations and answer questions about Proven Winners at your store.

Make sure your garden center
completes certification
by May 1st to receive all the benefits.

Method 1 - Individual training

Individuals can watch the online video at home or at work and then take the online test and survey. All you need is a test key from your store manager.

1. Manager Logs In, Sets Up Location, Assigns Keys

2. Start Training

Method 2 - Group training

A group of employees can watch the online video together, then take the test and send them to Proven Winners via fax, email or mail. This method is great for large groups, stores with multiple locations or those with limited internet access. If you need a flash drive with the video and forms contact us at 1-815-895-1872.

Download Group Training Package Now - PDF

Method 3 - Offline training

An employees can read through the script and see the graphics from the video, then take the test and send it to Proven Winners mail. This method is great for companies without easy internet access.

Download Full video script with screen grabs - PDF

Download Group Training Package Now - PDF


Offline training for Proven Winners Members, Brokers Reps, Students, Growers, Media and other Interested Parties

Individuals can watch the online video at home or at work and then take the test and fax in the answer sheet.

Download Test and Answer sheet - PDF

Start Training

Help me find my employees Certified test keys:

  1. Log In
  2. Go to My Locations
  3. Locate the correct location in your list of retail locations (Zo's Garden Center)
  4. In the Certification box for your location, click Get Resources and you'll find the keys

Help me submit my Pizza/Donation voucher:

  1. Log In
  2. Go to My Locations
  3. Locate the correct location in your list of retail locations (Zo's Garden Center)
  4. In the Certification box for your location, click Get Resources - Submit Pizza Rebate 
  5. Click Submit Pizza Rebate for Reimbursement or Donate Pizza Party Rebate to Charity


Have more questions about our certification program? Check our FAQs page or call us at 1-815-895-1872 and we will be happy to help!

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