Training Available For New Greenhouse Workers

Are you hiring labor this spring that needs training on greenhouse production basics? A one-hour online training course hosted by Texas A&M is a potentially good compliment to your training program this spring.

The video-based training is titled “Introductory Employee Training Program for Greenhouse Crop Production,” and is offered by the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University. The training provides introductory-level information about the greenhouse industry, plus learning models on greenhouse crop production from beginning to end, controlling insects and diseases, and shipping and handling procedures.

One of the unique features of this training is that it is offered in English and Spanish. With the increased number of Hispanic workers in the green industry, this training module provides employees who are new to the industry with an overview of what greenhouse production of floral crops is all about.

Video quizzes are used throughout the course sections, and the instruction is available in both languages, with transcripts available for downloading.

The course costs $55 and is available through eXtension, an online collaboration among the Cooperative Extension System. Growers can enroll at any time and will receive an “enrollment key” to the site which is valid for 90 days in order to facilitate training multiple employees during that time frame.

Registration for the course may be completed by going to the Texas AgriLife Extension website. After successfully registering for the training, the user will be automatically directed to the eXtension website where the course is administered (under the “Greenhouse” section). Simply enter the enrollment key and the training begins automatically.

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  1. Steve Skidmore

    I was wondering if this entire course is downloadable. My wife manages a large healing herb garden with several greenhouses on site. I help when I can and I am interested in this course. I would hate to have to pay $55.00 to train several people individually just to have them decide they are not cut out for this kind of work. This happens a lot, the handles of shovels and wheelbarrows are not fitted to all hands. This would result in washing $55.00 down the drain every time someone quits and leaves. It would benefit me greatly if I could purchase the course once and put everybody through the course as they come in. If they do leave, no sweat, I can still get mileage out of the course. Thank you, Steve