Author: Karen Barnett

Lawn Care Certification Attracts Crowds at Field Day

More than 800 participants at the 2016 Turfgrass Research Field Day in Griffin, Ga., was good news for NALP’s Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Manager program. At the beginning of August, NALP’s certification partner, the University of Georgia, exhibited at the field day displaying the Principles of Turfgrass Management and Principios Sobre el Manejo de […]

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Workplace Safety During Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1 and the Eastern Pacific hurricane season began mid-May. Both run through November. To help you prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane, observe Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 15-21, 2016. Ensure you have storm readiness plans in place for your business and home. Knowing what to do before, […]

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Changing Lives: Job Corps and Certification

Cody Jones recently completed the Job Corps program, earned his certification, and is now working for DeSantis Landscapes, Inc., Salem, Oregon – a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Cody has been a quiet but solid leader who has really come into his own during his Job Corps training. He acquired his Landscape […]

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One student's path to a lawn care career started with certification

We were very happy recently to receive a letter of appreciation from the Federal Jobs Corp program expressing their thanks for our help in aligning its landscape training programs to industry standards. The Tongue Point Jobs Corp Center, Astoria, Oregon, shared a success story from one of its graduates who is now working in the industry. […]

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Certification is Attracting Young People to the Landscape Industry

I recently joined Tom Delaney, director of government relations at NALP, to talk with staff at the National Office of Job Corps, which is a U.S. Department of Labor program, about the roll-out of its revised landscape program which now includes the Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Manager credential.  Job Corps offers education and training to young people. This […]

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Marketing Your Expertise

If you hold a credential, a degree or a certificate, you should be proud of your achievement and make sure you put it to good use throughout your career. Especially when marketing to customers, your expertise should be readily available, accessible and noticeable. As they say, “it’s a sad dog that doesn’t wag its own […]

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Relevance of Certification

The relevance of certification was underscored at PLANET’s 2010 Strategic Planning meeting where certification was a central topic of discussion and “Certification & Standards” was listed as a core objective in the resulting Strategic Plan. Following this July 2010 meeting, PLANET’s International Certification Council (ICC) Chair Michael Becker, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, noted the relevance […]

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