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Professional Development

Train Your Team: Which Path to Take?

With so many different training options offered by NALP, it can be hard to choose the best path for your team. Never fear, we’re here to break down the choices. Landscape Technician Bootcamp (Instructor Manual) Suggested for: Companies that Want to Deliver Training to The Crews Themselves Created last year, the new Landscape Technician Bootcamp […]

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Awards of Excellence Winners Get Dividends in Unexpected Ways

Clients value award-winning companies. Employees want to work for companies that do great work. NALP’s national Awards of Excellence showcase the best project work in commercial and residential lawn care; landscape design/build and maintenance; interior design/build and maintenance and more. Award recipients benefit in so many ways. Bob Grover, LIC, president of Pacific Landscape Management […]

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A Landscape Designer’s Perspective on Award Winning Projects

David Guthery, landscape designer with LandCrafters, LLC in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, is a recipient of a 2020 Gold Award of Excellence for Residential Landscape Design and Construction for the Eastend Tudor project. He says one of the more unconventional reasons he participates in the award process is because it forces him to follow through on hiring […]

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Team Building: Implementing Effective Employee Coaching

If your employees’ performances have been mediocre you might think conducting annual performance reviews will help. Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench.com, argues annual performance reviews shouldn’t be conducted at all. He instead encourages companies to conduct weekly coaching sessions with their employees. “Do you really think a one-hour conversation can impact a year’s worth […]

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Lawn and Landscape Companies Weigh in on Industry Certification

In this industry, it can be difficult to stand out from the competition. But becoming Landscape Industry Certified is a great way to separate your business from the rest. Of course, there are other benefits to achieving certifications, as well. It’s great for helping employees to advance their careers — and ultimately helps them better […]

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The Path to Certification: Chip Marksberry of Oasis Turf & Tree Shares his Journey

Landscape business owners know that having Landscape Industry Certified team members helps set their company apart from the competition. But employees appreciate this opportunity, too. Chip Marksberry, LIC, of Oasis Turf & Tree in Loveland, Ohio, has both the Lawn Care Technician and Horticulture Technician certifications and say that they’ve given him a lot of […]

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Utilize Your Winter Down Time for Certification

During the winter months, if your crews aren’t busy with snow care, you might be looking for ways to keep them engaged and involved. Working to get your team Landscape Industry Certified is one way to make the most of the slower months while providing professional development opportunities for your employees. “This is the time […]

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The Value of OSHA 10-Hour Training

The landscape construction and lawn care industry has its fair share of risks when it comes to injuries and illnesses. Safety training helps build awareness to recognize and prevent hazards on the job site. One form of safety training available for you and your crews is the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Safety Course for the Landscape […]

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Professional Development: Searching for CEUs

The end of the year is coming up fast and for some, it may be time to become recertified. “It’s really about developing and continuing to grow professionally,” says Margo Rash, NALP’s director of professional services and programs. “Your certification really is the baseline requirement for that credential, but you want to go beyond the […]

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Marc Baker Earns All Five Exterior Technician Certifications

Marc Baker, a parks maintenance worker II for the City of Sammamish, in the state of Washington has recently become Landscape Industry Certified in all five specialties of the Exterior Technician certification. The Exterior Technician exam is designed to cover the technical aspects of exterior landscaping: installation, maintenance and irrigation. The five certification specialties are […]

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