A Professional Standard of Excellence
Demand for sustainable landcare is growing in our region. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is uniquely positioned to provide the educational resources for landscape and lawn care professionals who want to set themselves apart from others. This accreditation offers a well-rounded curriculum which covers organic landcare principles, practices, design and maintenance. The course is essential to garden center employees, horticulturists, conservation property managers, master gardeners, educators and others.
Good for Business
Aside from promoting this prestigious accreditation to prospective clients, Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professionals will benefit from Phipps’ communications network as well as the Phipps brand, which stands for high quality horticulture and sustainability. Check out the accreditation tiers to
see the range of benefits.
Designed for landscape and lawn care professionals looking to distinguish themselves as true sustainable practitioners, this intensive training is modeled after the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Organic Land Care Program. NOFA has been providing organic land care training for nearly 15 years and is a member of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movement working to assist the organic movement in its full diversity.
Instructors and Course Curriculum
Led by experienced trainers from the NOFA program and supplemented by local experts to provide regional context, courses are built around NOFA’s Organic Land Care Standards, and cover topics such as Soil Ecology; Site Analysis and Design; Organic Pest, Weed and Disease Control; Storm Water Management; Invasive Plants and more.
Accreditation and How it Works
Once you have completed the course and passed the exam, you can choose to become accredited by pledging to abide by NOFA’s Organic Land Care Standards in all of your horticultural services. Abiding by these standards helps distinguish you from your peers and gives your customers peace of mind in knowing that you are adhering to the best sustainable management practices.
To become a Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accredited Professional, you must:
- Take the four-day Phipps Sustainable Landcare Accreditation course.
- Pass the accreditation exam.
- Pledge to provide only sustainable land care according to the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.
- Refresh your accreditation by attending a minimum of eight hours of relevant landscaping education every two years.
- Pay an annual accreditation fee (see below).
Business Tier | $150 per year
For landscapers, lawn care professionals and business owners who want the full promotional support of Phipps, including full business information on our website, a branded accreditation truck magnet, a listing in our
printed Sustainable Landcare Homeowner’s Guide, the ability to use the accreditation seal on promotional materials and more.
Individual Tier | $75 per year
This tier is a reduced rate for people who wish to maintain accreditation status but do not need marketing services, such as educators, municipal officers and non-profit employees. You will be listed on Phipps’ website, but without contact information.
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