|New Opportunities to earn CEUs |
Good news — you now have more opportunities to earn CEUs to maintain your Landscape Industry Certified status.
PLANET transitioned to a two-year recertification process in January 2009 requiring 24 CEUs by your good-through date as indicated on your wallet card. CEUs may be earned and reported in both educational and service (optional) categories as spelled out in the Recertification Requirements information sheet located on the PLANET Web site in the Recertification Center.
As of May 1, 2010, the recertification requirements have been expanded to include writing, presenting, and preparing for presentations and other revisions. Updates include:
To get more details about recertification, check the Recertification Frequently Asked Questions section often for regular updates.
- Subject matter of educational opportunities qualifying for CEUs must be green industry or job related.
- College/university coursework and/or college/university-sponsored distance or online learning is now worth 15 CEUs per credit hour.
- An additional educational category “Educ5” has been added to cover writing articles or books for publication, preparing presentations, or reading materials as part of self-study.
- The optional service category “Serv2” now includes additional volunteer recognition beyond board and chairperson as follows: “serving as a committee member — the affiliation of the association must be green industry or job related.”
- An additional optional service category “Serv4” has been added to cover teaching or presenting opportunities.
- A new Emeritus or Retired status is now available.
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Certification testing heats up for summer
Becoming Landscape Industry Certified is more convenient than ever as testing events heat up for the summer. PLANET boasts a number of testing opportunities either through its arrangement with PSI, which has computer-based testing centers located across the country, or through pen-and-paper exams held at published exam locations. The Landscape Industry Certified-Exterior hands-on and written exam is offered exclusively through licensee associations as well.
For individuals, certification can enhance your professionalism and give you a sense of personal achievement and increased respect and recognition in the industry. Companies with Landscape Industry Certified individuals on staff enjoy increased professional credibility among customers and prospects, increased marketing advantages, and an added competitive edge.
“With so many service providers to choose from, informed customers (and they’re the ones we all want to nurture) should be looking for the professional, the company that can stand behind its work with experienced, trained employees. … That’s where PLANET comes in, with its many resources, and yes, with its newly branded certification program — Landscape Industry Certified,” said Bill Hildebolt, Ph.D., Landscape Industry Certified Manager & Technician, PLANET immediate past president, and owner of Nature’s Select Premium Turf Services, Inc.
If you’re interested in testing opportunities or learning more about earning additional designations, contact the PLANET certification department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (800) 395-2522.
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New consumer brochure in your toolkit
What’s in your Landscape Industry Certified online toolkit? You’ll find new items such as a customizable consumer brochure template in two- and four-color options. This is one great way to let customers know that you are Landscape Industry Certified or that your company has Landscape Industry Certified professionals on staff.
If you need the link to your toolkit or have misplaced it, let us know. Use your online toolkit to help you promote your certification to your customers, prospects, and the press. Here, you can find how to properly use your certification credentials, download logos, and access templates for self-promotion and increasing market awareness.
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Landscape Industry Certified usage guidelines
In January 2010, PLANET’s certification program assumed a new brand name — Landscape Industry Certified. The new brand name speaks clearly to consumers, is supported and used internationally, shows credibility and commitment to best practices, and leaves a lasting impression. As you continue to promote your Landscape Industry Certified status, please remember the usage guidelines as spelled out in your online toolkit and as listed here.
The new Usage Guidelines
- No acronym will ever be used – Landscape Industry Certified only.
- Certified individuals may continue to use CLP, CCLP and CLT after their names (and CLD in Canada), but the preferred designation is Landscape Industry Certified Manager or Landscape Industry Certified Technician.
- Candidates still test for specific designations, such as Hardscape Installation, Softscape Installation, and Ornamental Maintenance, and then become Landscape Industry Certified with the proper designation and specialty endorsement.
- You should become Landscape Industry Certified.
- I am a Landscape Industry Certified Technician in Hardscape and Softscape Installation. I earned my certification in 2007.
- Our company has Landscape Industry Certified staff.
- I am applying for this job with your company as a Landscape Industry Certified Irrigation Technician.
Landscape Industry Certified or:
- Signage, electronic media, print media, public marketing:
Landscape Industry Certified Manager
Landscape Industry Certified Technician
Landscape Industry Certified Manager & Technician
|Acceptable: ||Preferred: |
|Joe Smith, CLP ||Joe Smith, Landscape Industry Certified Manager |
|Jane Smith, CLT ||Jane Smith, Landscape Industry Certified Technician |
|Jack Smith, CLP, CLT ||Jack Smith, Landscape Industry Certified Manager & Technician |
|John Smith, CCLP ||John Smith, Landscape Industry Certified Manager |
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Mark your calendar for the certification clinic at GIC
Save the date and plan to attend a two-hour clinic on certification on Saturday, October 30, 2010, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, Kentucky, during the GIC.
CEUs, Landscape Industry Certified & You
Speaker: Michael Becker, Landscape Industry Certified Manager
Chair, International Certification Council
President, Estate Gardeners, Inc., Elkhorn, Nebraska
9:30 – 11:30 a.m., October 30, 2010
Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville
A Helpful Clinic on Keeping Your PLANET Certification Active and Newly Branded for Success
Join PLANET in raising the bar on industry standards through its certification program! This clinic will help you stay up to date on the changes within the program as well as on what you need to do to stay current with your certification! Join us to ...
If you have questions, we have answers. Don't miss this informative clinic for the newly certified, the veteran industry certified, and those interested in learning more.
- Learn about PLANET certification and why it’s important to you.
- Stay up to date on program enhancements from branding to recertification.
- Find out how to stay on top of certification through CEUs.
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Have you got a story to tell?
Send us your newsworthy stories and experiences on how your certification has helped generate business, given you a professional edge, or made a difference in your career.
Let us know how you use your certification to market your company. We would like updates on your professional activities — have you spoken at an event, written articles, or won local or national awards?
Contact Karen Barnett with your certification news today.
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Congrats to the newest Landscape Industry Certified pros
From January 26, 2010 to April 30, 2010, the following individuals earned their PLANET certification:
Landscape Industry Certified Manager (formerly CLP)
William A. Bathon, Bay Country Landscape Co., Inc., Elkton, MD
Timothy Boucher, KCS Landscape Management, Inc., Falls Church, VA
Whitney B. Checketts, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Thad Cork, Avalon Landscapes, Inc., Meridian, ID
Jeff Crandell, Scapes, Inc., Lothian, MD
Sam Dardinger, Five Seasons Landscape Management, Inc., Westerville, OH
Kevin Davies, Lambert Landscape Co., Dallas, TX
Todd Dilley, The Lawn Ranger, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN
Heidi Dowst, Brigham Young University, Springville, UT
Thomas Farrell Jr., Tech Center Maintenance, Englewood, CO
Joel Green, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Lucinda H. Greene, Greene Gardens, LLC, Englewood, CO
Guy Gregg, Tech Center Maintenance, Englewood, CO
Caresse Johnson, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Adam Lawver, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Jennifer Lougee, Brigham Young University, Laurel, MD
Rachel Maxwell, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Jason Molen, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Sue Patterson, The Cutting Edge Lawn and Landscape Service, Cascade, ID
Robert A. Ramser, Turfscape, Inc. - Ohio, Twinsburg, OH
Jenna Standing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Danielle Summers, Timberline Landscaping, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO
Michael V. Swinburn, CoCal Landscape, Denver, CO
Nathan Thompson, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
James Thornton, Level Green Landscape, LLC, Washington, DC
Cameron Tolman, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Clarke Woods, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Landscape Industry Certified Technician- Exterior (formerly CLT-E)
Scott Hand, Springfield, KY
Gerardo Longoria, Aurora, CO
Felipe du Jesus Luevano, Colorado Springs, CO
David Fuller, Garden City, ID
Steve Winegar, Rexburg, ID
Cole Abo, Boise, ID
Josh Black, Redmond, WA
Dimas Ferriera, Boise, ID
Wes Thurman, Noblesville, IN
Hugo Benitez-Luna, Colorado Springs, CO
Matthew DiMichelle, Twinsburg, OH
Scott Fish, Mountain Home, ID
Stefan Kovacevich, Norton, OH
Landscape Industry Certified Horticultural Technician (formerly COLP)
Darren L. Champion, Town of Erie, Erie, CO
Debbie Gross, Tongue Point Job Corps, Astoria, OR
Joseph Mantkowski, ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design, Venice, FL
Christopher Miller, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater, Stillwater, OK
Ashley Peterson, Tongue Point Job Corps Center, Astoria, OR
Kris Saulsbury, Tongue Point Job Corps Center, Astoria, OR
Paul Shaffer, Tongue Point Job Corps Center, Astoria, OR
Andre Terwilleger, Tongue Point Job Corps, Astoria, OR
Landscape Industry Certified Interior Technician (formerly CLT-I)
Cindy Folven, Plantscapes, Inc., Seattle, WA
Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Manager (formerly CTP)
Joe Barnes, Scotts LawnService, Kansas City, KS
Jose Fernandez Borrajo Bernaldez, Malaga, Spain
Neil Brady, Goodyear, AZ
Jason Bronkala, Scotts LawnService, Elgin, IL
Jon Carney, Topeka, KS
Dale Cobler, Matthews, NC
Edward Green, Scotts LawnService, Oklahoma City, OK
Scott W. Kaufmann, Greenwize Lawn Care, Loris, SC
Stan Lopeman, Aspen Lawn & Landscape, Olathe, KS
Scott McElroy, Fayetteville, GA
Jason Dean Murphy, Advance, NC
Ireland Storey, Scotts LawnService, Jacksonville, FL
Nathan Thompson, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
James Travers, Acworth, GA
David M. Vasatko, Appleton, WI
Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Technician (formerly CTP-CSL)
Easton Armstrong, Terra-Turf, Davenport, IA
Eric Hansen, Hansen Gardening, Newburyport, MA
David Meulenbroek, Studley Flower Gardens, Inc., Rochester, NH
Jeff Pfeil, Bozeman Tree Service, Inc., Bozeman, MT
Chris Tosti, Lueders Environmental, Inc., Medfield, MA