California Native Plant Society

California Consulting Botanist Certification


How to Prepare for the CNPS Botanist Certification

These guides cover everything you need to know about preparing for a successful exam. However, several years of professional full-time experience as a field/consulting botanist is necessary to provide the breadth and depth of knowledge and experience to pass the exams.

Study Guide (PDF)  |  500 Plants for Site ID (PDF)  |  Preparing for Botanist Certification (PDF)



Additional Online Resources

Sample Environmental Reports

Laws and Protocols

Databases and Other References

 Note: Other offline references indicated in Study Guide PDF




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