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2024 Certified Garden Center Training Program

Proven Winners Certified Garden Centers

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 Garden Center Training Program - an ongoing partnership that offers the opportunity to learn more about our plants while building your employees' confidence to sell Proven Winners.

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Current 2024 Season Participation in Connect+ and Certification Programs


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7 Simple Steps - Get Started Today! 

  Download the Managers Step By Step Instructions

  1. Log in and Enroll in CONNECT+
    The 2024 Certification Training Program is part of the Proven Winners CONNECT+ program. But CONNECT+ has more to offer than just certification. There are five levels of marketing/advertising services aimed to make your life easier.  Check out the benefits and enroll 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.

    Help Me Find My Employee Certified Test Keys

  3. Train
    Watch the 45 minute Training Video.

  4. Test and choose reward

  5. Comment
    Give us some feedback or take our survey and receive a chance to win a $150 POP coupon for garden centers or a $50 gift certificate for an individual employee to shop in our Proven Winners online store. Once you complete the test you will have access to the survey.

  6. Enjoy your FREE pizza party
    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

  7. 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. Email images to

The Certification Reward period has ended. The deadline for receiving rewards and a pizza party was May 31,2024. You can still certify your garden center, and you will receive a verified listing on Find-A-Retailer tool.

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3 Methods to complete the training

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.

Watch video and take the test online 



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 815-895-0104.


Download Group Training Package

Watch video and take the test



Offline training

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

Download Video Script    
Download Employee Training Package

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

Individuals who are not associated with an IGC 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  

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 Manage Certification Process 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 Why Certify and FAQs page.
Email Karin or call us at 1-815-895-0104 and we will be happy to help!
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