Attending GIC and becoming certified upped my game ten-fold! - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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Attending GIC and becoming certified upped my game ten-fold!

As a fellow green industry professional, I urge you to do both. Personally, I can’t afford missing the best show in our industry and I took that important step years ago of getting my certification. Now, you can do both and save money. PLANET is offering the Landscape Industry Certification Manager and other select exams for 50 percent off when you register for GIC and take the exam at the conference on Saturday, October 30, 2010.

The GIC and GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky, October 27-30, 2010, is where I go to pick up invaluable business and technical tips. The people I meet at GIC have become lifelines when it comes to advice on business operations and even friendship. Basically, attending GIC has opened doors for me and made surviving this tough economy so much easier.

Since becoming involved in PLANET and attending GIC, I also took it one step further a few years back and added credentials to my name – CLP to be exact, now better known as Landscape Industry Certified Manager. I won’t go into all the benefits this designation has afforded me but it has upped my game ten-fold and made me more marketable to customers. I’m proud of this achievement and even joined PLANET’s International Certification Council (ICC) in 2007 to get more involved in the certification process and now I’m the ICC chairman. You know I’m a firm believer in getting certified.

So much so that I don’t want to keep my success a secret. I’ll be at GIC and would welcome the opportunity to meet you and welcome you as a soon-to-be certified professional. Take the initiative now to go to GIC and get Landscape Industry Certified. Contact Certification Coordinator Kristen Nolton at or call her at (800) 395-2522 for details.

Thank you and have a great fall season!