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Professional Development

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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Tips to Use to Train Your Trainers

Fred Haskett, Head Harvester with The Harvest Landscape Consulting Group led a webinar on how to train your trainers on April 22. If you missed that webinar, here are the key takeaways he presented. Haskett says the way to develop a well-trained, safe and effective workforce is to know how to train your trainers. He […]

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Attract the Right People With the Right Company Culture

“Do you have a problem with employee recruitment?” Chuck Williams, contact center manager of Senske Services in Kennewick, Washington, asked the group at Solutions 2020, Real Green Systems annual conference, during his session on “How to Attract the Right People with the Right Company Culture.” A good majority of the session attendees raised their hands. […]

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Teed & Brown

Meet NALP Trailblazer Christopher Brown of Teed & Brown Lawn Care

Christopher Brown’s start in the industry began as a summer job working on a golf course. He loved being outdoors in the fresh air. That and his fascination with grass maintenance science lead him to pursue a turfgrass science degree from Penn State. Though he imagined he’d wind up back in the golf course industry […]

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Landscape Industry Certified Exterior Technician Program

Landscape Industry Certified Exterior Technician Program Goes Online

The Landscape Industry Certified Exterior Technician certification program is NALP’s flagship program. Landscape professionals consider it an essential credential. Currently, 15 state licensee partners deliver a written exam and a hands-on test. But beginning in early 2020, as a recommendation by the NALP board, the certification test will change and only be given online, removing […]

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A Landscape Apprentice Shares His Story

When the owners of Providence Forge, Virginia-based L.G. Scott announced they were going to enroll two apprentices in NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship program, Ryan Janney jumped at the opportunity to become a landscape apprentice. The chance to be able to “work and go to school at the same time without digging himself into total debt” […]

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3 Reasons FGM Uses the Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program

During National Apprentice Week, a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs, seemed like the most fitting time for Fullerton Grounds Maintenance (FGM), headquartered in Kenvil, New Jersey, to officially launch the NALP Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program. The inaugural group will begin their journey with this career-shaping […]

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L.G. Scott crew in front of hardscape

How L.G. Scott is Addressing its Labor Challenges

Like a lot of landscape companies, the owners of L.G. Scott have struggled with finding good quality labor over the years. But with the introduction of the NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program, they see hope on the horizon … maybe even a solution to labor challenges. Luke Scott, who owns the business with his brother […]

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Why Should a Landscape Pro Consider an Apprenticeship Program?

For many industries, apprenticeship programs are creating viable workforce solutions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 5 million people will be trained through apprenticeships in 1,000 industries over the next five years. Today, with the formalization of NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program, registered by the U.S. Department of Labor, the green industry […]

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How to Choose a Landscape Apprentice

As NALP’s Landscape Management Apprenticeship Program™ has continued to gain traction with companies across the country signing on, there has been increased interest in how to choose the right people to participate in the program. Many companies are starting out with a small number of apprentices—often two or three—to see how it goes but are […]

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