Ga. Urban Ag Council – Landscape Business Boot Camp

January 18th, 2018 – the Georgia Urban Ag Council, in partnership with Green Industry Pros Magazine, is sponsoring “Landscape Business Boot Camp”. During this one day event landscape industry expert Steven Cohen and business growth advisor Bill Eastman of the GreenMark Group will show you how to implement the 4 CORES of Landscape Business Success.

Earn (7) GA Certified Landscape Professional CEU’s!

Nov 1 deadline to apply for the John Strickland GCLP Scholarship!

GCLP_371-150x157John Strickland Memorial GCLP Scholarship Application Deadline is Nov 1!

John Strickland was one of our industry’s most recognizable figures.  Involved in Georgia’s landscape industry since 1976, he was instrumental in the development of the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional program and served as both MALTA President and GGIA Chair.  In fond memory of John, one scholarship a year will be awarded to cover registration fees for the GCLP program and the scholarship winner will be honored at the annual certification luncheon in conjunction with GGIA WinterGreen.

Requirements:  Candidate must be a student or professional that is working/studying in an area of landscape contracting and will commit to completion of the GCLP certification program.

Award:  Selected candidate will receive study materials, access to the GCLP web study course, and admission to exams at no charge.

Application:  Email Becky Griffin at beckygri@uga.edu with your contact information and a typewritten essay (not to exceed 200 words) about your experience, dreams, and aspirations in landscape horticulture.  Please include any information that demonstrates a financial need.

Deadline:  November 1st.

What is the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Program?

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What is the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Program?

The Georgia Certified Landscape Professional (GCLP) program is a voluntary testing program that certifies those in the landscape profession who have mastered a thorough knowledge and understanding of job skills required to be successful in the industry.

The test consists of four written components and eight hands-on components. Applicants are provided a 400+ page printed study manual and access to a internet study site developed by the University of Georgia.

The GCLP program  is endorsed by the Georgia Green Industry Association, the Georgia Turfgrass Association, the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association and officially recognizd by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Written exam components include:

  • A multiple-choice test based on the study manual.
  • A plan reading skill test that requires participants to read and interpret a landscape plan, to answer questions pertaining to the plan, and to make calculations, such as square foot areas, plant quantities per area, etc.
  • A test on common insect, disease and environmental problems. Participants must identify 25 samples (photos or actual specimens).
  • A plant identification test that requires participants to identify fifty plant samples from a list of over 270 provided. Actual samples of trees, shrubs, vines, ground covers, herbaceous perennials, annuals, weeds and turfgrasses will be placed on tables for ID.

Hands-on evaluations include:

  • Plan Lay-out: The participant will be given a planting plan and will be required to arrange containerized plants within a given are according to the plan.
  • Tree Planting and Staking: The participant must plant a tree according to specifications provided and show how to install a staking system.
  • Grading and Drainage: The participant must read a topographical map and demonstrate how to contour the grade of a site in a 10 ft. x 10 ft. sand box.
  • Pruning: The participant will show where and how to make pruning cuts and how to prune selected trees and shrubs.
  • Sod Installation: The participant must demonstrate the correct technique for laying sod in a given area.
  • Irrigation Management:  The participant must identify the components of a conventional and low volume landscape irrigation system and demonstrate knowledge of proper operation.
  • Pesticide Application: The participant will demonstrate how to mix and apply pesticides properly and will discuss appropriate clothing to wear during pesticide application. He/she must also be prepared to discuss handling and disposal techniques.
  • Equipment Operation: The participant will discuss routine maintenance practices and proper operation of power equipment.

The written and hands-on exams are offered at least twice a year. The written components are given at the annual conference of the Georgia Green Industry Association in January and in the Atlanta area in August. The hands-on components are given spring and fall at the UGA Research and Education Gardens in Griffin.

15 hours of Continuing Education Units are required every three years to remain certified.

For information about testing dates and locations and testing fees, contact Kimberly Allen with the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture at 770-233-6107; e-mail khayes@uga.edu