Hawaii DOT is Raising the Bar on Worker Qualifications

Roadside Maintenance Contracts Require CLTs and Arborists

CLT Certification is now required for all Hawaii DOT roadside landscape maintenance contracts. All private contractors must show proof of certified employees before signing new roadside mowing & irrigation maintenance contracts. At least one supervisor must be certified in good standing as a CLT/Maintenance and one with the CLT/Irrigation and must be on the work site at all times during operation. Both of these certifications may be held by the same person serving in the respective positions.

All tree work above 10 feet also requires certified workers. This requirement calls for an ISA  Certified Arborist with at least six years of experience to supervise and be on site at all times during tree work above 10 feet. All work in the tree must be done by Certified Tree Workers with at least three years experience with local tree species.

CLT Training and Certification Starts Soon

The 2011 CLT season begins with the Kauai training classes in May and June. All those interested should contact Terry Phillips at 808 687-0809 for registration. The annual CLT certification exam is scheduled for Kauai on July 2 (written) and July 9 (field problems). Special state funding for both training and certification may be available, see further information below.

Oahu Landscape Maintenance training begins on June 21 at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City. Only one five week session will be offered this year. Classes will held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the first two weeks and Tuesday and Thursday during the last three weeks of the session. The Advanced Irrigation School is scheduled for all day Friday and Saturday July 29 &30.

The Oahu CLT exam will be given on August 6 (written) and 13th (field problems) at the UH Waimanalo Experiment Station Farm. Registration is now being taken for training and certification.  Visit www.landscapehawaii.org to download more information and the registration forms for all training and testing.

No formal training classes or CLT exam will be offered on the Big Island this year. However, special arrangements may be possible for those needing to become certified and willing to travel to Oahu for the exam. Contact Ty McDonald at 808 322-4884 or ty@hawaii.edu.

Special Funding may be Available for 2011 CLT Programs.

Register now, funding is limited!

All those signing up for Kauai and Oahu landscape training and certification exams are eligible for partial registration fee reimbursements through the Hawaii Work Force Development ETF program.  The funding is available now and awarded on a first come – first served basis. ETF strongly recommends that anyone seeking funding apply as early as possible.

In order to be eligible, all participants must first register and pay for the desired training and certification exam through the CLT Programs on the Island of choice.  Proof of registration is then sent to ETF along with the necessary funding application forms. Complete information and all forms can be downloaded at www.hawaii.gov/labor/etf  or call Tricia Malloy at 808 586-8815.

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