Sustainable Landcare Accreditation

2018 Training Open for Enrollment

Feb. 12 – 15, 2019 | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$475 on or before Mon., Jan. 14
$525 after Mon., Jan. 14
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Additional attendees from the same business receive a 50% discount — use code TEAM50 on the shopping cart page.

Scholarships available for qualifying individuals; call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 or email for more details.

A Professional Standard of Excellence

Demand for sustainable land care 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 land care 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.

Download the Standards Book

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.

Meet Our Instructors

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.

Accreditation Requirements

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).

Accreditation Tiers

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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