| The change to recertification |
As of January 1, 2009, PLANET’s certification program changed from an annual certification renewal process to a two-year recertification cycle.
Continuing education and industry service are still critical to maintaining the active status of PLANET certification; however, these activities will be measured in Continuing Education Units (CEUs), instead of points. Certified individuals will be required to report and submit 24 CEUs earned during the two-year cycle to maintain the active status of their certification. A form to track CEUs during the recertification cycle is now available on the PLANET Web site, LandcareNetwork.org, in the Recertification Center, along with frequently asked questions, the Recertification Requirements information sheet, and a list of preapproved CEU events.
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What’s in your wallet?
Did you know that your “PLANET Certified” wallet card has a wealth of information regarding the certification(s) you have earned? In addition to the certification designations and specialty endorsements you’ve achieved, the wallet card also has the date by which you should be submitting your renewal or recertification form.
To determine if your certification is current, take a look at the wallet card to make sure it states either “Renewal required by 12/31/2009” or “Recertification required by 12/31/2010.”
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News from the PLANET office
PLANET Certification Manager Marcia Higgins shares timely information that may affect your certification status.
PLANET’s Certification Department has processed thousands of certification renewals over the past few months. If you submitted your renewal form by the end of January, you should have received a new wallet card with information that introduced the two-year recertification process.
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Certification in line with member’s high standards
“I firmly believe that it is up to us to make sure our industry and our line of work is viewed as a profession. Industry certifications help solidify that,” says Michael Becker, CLP, Estate Gardeners, Inc., of Elkhorn, Nebraska. In a recent article of the Business Ethics Alliance, Becker shares his thoughts on running a small business, integrating ethics into business, and the importance of being industry certified.
Certified Turfgrass Professional speaks out at national conference
Bob Cook, CTP, golf course superintendent at the Athens Country Club in Athens, Texas, is proud of his certification designation. He’s also eager for green industry professionals to speak out about the important role the industry plays as stewards of the environment. He shared his enthusiasm in a presentation at the recent Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) conference.
Cook spoke to attendees at the GCSAA “Innovative Superintendents Forum” in New Orleans on the topic of “Environmental Planning for your Golf Course.” To the audience of golf course superintendants and green industry managers, he spoke of the need to be stewards of the environment. He emphasized that they have the responsibility, accountability, and balance to educate the public. Cook’s presentation covered ways to spread the word using the entire golf team — managers, golf pros, and membership. He suggested promoting public awareness by publishing the industry message in newsletters and local newspapers and taking it to schools and other learning institutions. Says Cook, “This holistic approach based on science and education should and will show that we have been doing something to save water, reduce chemical applications, and develop Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Best Management Practices (BMP) programs to ensure the preservation of the environment.”
Marketing your certification
Has marketing your PLANET-certified status been working for you? Kennette Reed, CLP, a nationally known performance improvement and staff retention consultant, shares two ideas.
- Write a blog post about it, or announce it to your youtube.com, facebook.com or linkedin.com connections.
- Send an announcement letter to current and prospective clients.
Reed owned an interiorscape business as well as multilocation retail floral businesses, and authored How to Break Into the Interior Landscape Business. Visit her Web site at interiorscapeconsulting.com.
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Computer-based testing is a big hit
PLANET’s partnership with PSI/LaserGrade computer-based testing centers has made certification testing more accessible and convenient.
PLANET recently passed the 100 mark for individuals who have taken a PLANET certification exam at a conveniently located PSI/LaserGrade testing facility. Thirty-eight newly certified individuals (16 Certified Landscape Professionals, nine Certified Landscape Technicans-Interior, nine Certified Turfgrass Professionals-Cool Season Lawns, and four Certified Ornamental Landscape Professionals) earned their designation through PSI/LaserGrade. Some took all sections of their test and some retested selected sections — the process is completely flexible.
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MISSING: Certified individuals
Over the years, PLANET has lost touch with some certified individuals and their certifications are no longer active. It is important that we are able to reach them to inform them of how to bring their certification back to active status and to remain a part of the certification community.
Please take a look at the list, which is organized by state, to see if you are in contact with any of these “missing” certified individuals. We also have a group with no state affiliation … review that section as well to see if your colleagues or employees are listed. If you know someone on the list, ask them to contact the PLANET Certification Department (800-395-2522) or e-mail the Certification Department with his or her contact information.
Congratulations to the newly certified
An important part of the mission of PLANET is to promote the professional advancement of its members. One means to achieve that goal is through a certification program that tests individuals against a national standard created by PLANET.
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