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hatteras
02-15-2012, 10:03 AM
As a business owner, how do you rate the certifications offered through Planet. Are they worth the time and money? Do they really make an employee more knowledgeable in his job duties? If so, do you increase the salary of certified employees?

Dr.NewEarth
02-15-2012, 01:42 PM
Planet teamed up with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association in the Certification area a few years ago. Before that we already had a national certification program. We worked with Planet to blend our program with yours.

This was achieved so that all of North America has the same set of qualifications and the certifications are transferable from your country to mine if you happen to move.

The study manuals are the same and make reference to laws and regulations within each country.

Yes the certifications do make an employee worth more. They are trained horticultural professionals with credentials. This is a great advertising point for your company.

Alot of the larger landscape companies around here send their employees to night school to upgrade their skills. The company pays for the schooling, as long as the employee achieves a high grade.

The British Columbia Landscape Nursery Association then holds three written exam sessions a year and two field day exams a year.

Our night school program certification that gets people ready for the Landscape Association exams is called a Certified Residential Landscape Technician-RLT.

The association exams are-CLT Certified Landscape Technician and this is broken down into hardscape and softscape specialties.

CLD-Certified Landscape Designer (CNLA teamed up with Dynascape for this)

CLP-Certified Landscape Professional. This is the landscape managers exams

CHT-Certified Horticultural Technician. This is the Retail certification.

We also have to have minimum documented work time, a government Pesticide License, and minimum level one First-aid.

After you are certified, you must continue to take classes and seminars to earn education credits that are applied to re-certification every two years. (20 hours over two years.) If you don't earn the credits during that time, you lose your credentials and have to retake the 14 or so written and physical exams again.

Our Provincial association sets up alot of seminars and meetings for us in the off season which makes it easy to get the credits and it keep employees keen during the off season too.