Landscape Industry Certified

Starting a Landscaping Business?

Here are a few things you should know. 1. Get hands-on experience Even if you’ve been mowing lawns since you were a teen, you’ll need a good deal of know-how to turn a hobby into a full-fledged company, says Shayne Newman, president of YardApes Inc., a lawn care company based in New Milford, Connecticut, that […]

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The World Cup Soccer, Sales, and Certification Connection

All eyes are on Brazil for the month of June as 32 top soccer teams compete for the right to be called the world’s best. As you can imagine, it was no easy path to the soccer spotlight. Before the teams even got to Brazil, they had to look at all of the players who […]

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Certification: An Olympic-style achievement

Are you ready to compete for your credential? PLANET’s Student Career Days—The National Collegiate Landscape Competition event held in Auburn, Ala., March 7 – 10, 2013, is described as a “Landscape Olympics.” Last year, I wrote a blog “Go for the Certification Gold,” using the summer Olympics in London as my theme. “In this Olympic […]

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Looking back, looking forward

As 2012 comes to a close, most green industry professionals would say, “It hasn’t been a bad year, but it hasn’t been a great one, either.” Still, the industry is picking up, albeit slowly in some markets, and 2013 promises to bring more good news. Homeowners are once again opening their wallets to enhance their […]

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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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We covered a lot of ground in 2012

It’s been a busy year around the PLANET office! From planning our annual events that bring PLANET members together, to keeping you informed of the most up-to-date industry information, PLANET staff has been on its toes. You’re well aware of the products, programs, and services PLANET brings to you. But, you might not know about […]

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When you live the industry

I have spent 50 plus years in this profession, so it’s safe to say this is the only work I’ve ever done. As senior vice president of Government Affairs and Industry Relations for TruGreen, I’m still very involved with the industry, networking with landscape professionals and lawn care operators around the country. Indeed, throughout my […]

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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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Go for Certification Gold

I recently visited our certification partners to the north. Last summer as an auditor for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Exterior exam test site in Milton, Ontario, administered by Landscape Ontario and this February as a liaison for the International Certification Council (ICC) attending the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s (CNLA) Certification Committee meeting in Halifax, Nova […]

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New Year’s Certification Challenge – Promote and Maintain

From one Landscape Industry Certified professional to another, let’s make a New Year’s resolution to step up our promotions and make sure our customers, peers, friends, and family know that we’re certified and proud! After all, certification can make you and your company more attractive and more in demand. You’ll stand out, but not if […]

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