Benefits of Membership
Professional Development & Mentoring
Becoming "Landscape Industry Certified" through PLANET provides a sense of accomplishment, increased respect and recognition from industry peers, and perhaps most important, a way to demonstrate your skills and knowledge to your customers. Now with more than 4,000 certifications awarded and hundreds of testing sites across the nation, the program is increasing in prestige, popularity, and accessibility every year.
PLANET offers several certification programs, including:
- Landscape Industry Certified Manager
- Landscape Industry Certified Technician Interior or Exterior
- Landscape Industry Certified Horticultural Technician
- Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Manager
- Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Technician
PLANET's award programs provide a unique opportunity for companies to showcase their talents and skills. Awards are presented each year at the Green Industry Conference, an excellent venue to celebrate your team's proudest accomplishments and be recognized among your peers. Winning a prestigious PLANET Environmental Improvement Award also gives your company a vital marketing advantage. PLANET provides the following award programs:
- PLANET Environmental Improvement Awards recognizes excellence in landscape management, lawn care, design/build/installation, and interior plantscape projects over the previous year.
- PLANET Leadership Awards recognizes leaders who have made a positive impact on the green industry.
- PLANET Safety Awards recognizes companies with exemplary safety records.
PLANET Advisers PLANET's team of advisers provides an invaluable, FREE service to our members. Members have access to legal, human resource, public relations, and safety guidance and expertise, simply by picking up the phone or e-mailing.
Richard Lehr, Legal Adviser
Jean Seawright, CMC, Human Resources Adviser
Lisa Schaumann, Public Relations Adviser
Sam Steel, Safety Adviser
|I just had to write to say how much I appreciate one of our membership benefits: our PLANET Member Advisers. If someone was looking to justify the cost of PLANET membership, this one member benefit could be the best way to do it. By accessing PLANET’s four Member Advisers, I have dramatically reduced my expenses in the areas of human resources, safety and legal. The advisers are responsive and great to work with. I’ve developed a relationship with each one and they know my business. It’s membership benefits like this that make it easy to quantify what Klausing Group gets in return for its involvement with PLANET. Roscoe Klausing, LIC, President, Klausing Group, Inc.|
PLANET Trailblazers The PLANET Trailblazers are an elite group of green industry leaders, with proven records of success, who set aside one full day a year to spend with a PLANET member company, providing guidance, tips, and solutions to business dilemmas. The mentoring provided in this one day will more than pay for your PLANET membership!
|Our Trailblazer gave us valuable insight into how to track our sales, costs, referrals, and much more. He re-energized our passion for the business by giving us fresh ideas to grow the business. I know the time and expense of having our Trailblazer come will most definitely pay off in the near future. Mark Clement, Clement Bros. Lawn & Landscape|
PLANET Trailblazers on Call Building on the success of our Trailblazer program, PLANET now offers remote access to our esteemed group of Trailblazers. Have a technical question you can't seem to get answered? Ready to take your business to the next level but not sure how? Struggling to survive in a challenging economy? The PLANET Trailblazer on Call program will provide the answers you need.
|The Trailblazers On Call Program worked wonders. I submitted a question, during the high season rush for us and had an answer within 24 hours. The solution was clear, concise, and from an industry veteran in my scope of work. It offered me the ability to make a decision and move on. This benefit, along with my PLANET membership is well worth it. Rick Longnecker, Buds & Blades Landscape Co.|
PLANET Consultant Members PLANET Consultant Members have decades of experience leading successful landscape maintenance or lawn care businesses. Need advice on how to get your business to the next level? Having trouble navigating the right way to diversify your company? Need to change your sales strategy but not sure how? PLANET Consultant Members are ready to help.