Landscape Industry Certification Program Information

LICH administers the national PLANET certification (CLT) program in Hawaii. LICH offers four CLT-E certifications are offered: Turf Maintenance, Ornamental Maintenance, Softscape Installation, & Irrigation.

Visit the LICH website at www.landscapehawaii.org for a complete listing of CLT landscape professionals in Hawaii.

BENEFITS OF CERTIFICATION

  • Certified employees are required for all State DOT roadside landscape maintenance contracts
  • A sense of personal achievement
  • Increased professional credibility, respect & recognition in the industry
  • Increased marketing advantages for your firm by having certified individuals on staff

HOW TO EARN THE CERTIFICATION

Candidates are allowed to start one certification exam per year. The exam consists of both written tests and hands on field problems. All parts of exam must be successfully completed to become certified in each category. CLT exams are offered once a year on Oahu, Kauai and in Kona. Visit www.landscapehawaii.org for exam dates and registration forms.

HOW TO KEEP THE CERTIFICATION

Continual professional development activities are essential if certifiedLayout 1 individuals are to understand and accommodate changes in the green industry.  Therefore, to retain PLANET certifications, individuals must accumulate 24 CEUs every two years and submit a completed Continuing Education Units (CEU) Submission Form to the PLANET office by the end of their recertification period. A PLANET wallet card issued to each CLT upon certification containing the “Recertification Required BY Date” which indicates when the completed recertification form is due to PLANET with a $75 recertification fee. It is the responsibility of the CLT landscape professional to collect documentation, record and submit the recertification forms to PLANET by the due date. Failure to submit a timely recertification form will result in losing the CLT certification. PLANET only requires that the completed Continuing Education Units (CEU) Submission Form be submitted for recertification, along with the Recertification fee.  However, certified individuals must keep a file of their CEU documentation because a percentage of forms will be audited each year.

CEUs can be earned in both Educational and Service categories. For complete information visit the PLANET web site at http://www.landcarenetwork.org/certification/recertification.cfm. A total of 24 CEUs must be earned over the two year cycle. These can be all in the Education Category or may include up to 8 CEUs in the Service Category.

 

THE MOST COMMON WAY TO EARN CEUS IN THE EDUCATION CATEGORY
Documentation necessary to collect and record for Education units includes event brochure or program and proof of registration; certificates issued; and book report for articles you read.

Educ 1    earn 1 CEU per hour of instruction

This includes educational classes in green industry related subjects at conferences, seminars & workshops presented by green industry associations. Examples are the annual LICH Conference, CPS seminars, arborist workshops, CLT training classes or pre-approved in-house training programs conducted by your employer.

Educ 2   earn 15 CEUs per credit hour

Completion of College course work or on-line college distance learning in business management or horticulture only

Educ 3  earn 1 CEU per hour of instruction

Completion of education supporting green industry license or renewal – pesticide applicator or contractor license

Educ 4  earn 8 CEUs per new certification

Successful completion of additional PLANET CLT certification

Educ 5   earn 1 CEU per hour

Reading and reporting on articles in green industry magazines, books & journals

Reports are entered on special Book Report forms and submitted with all other recertification documentation

 

THE MOST COMMON WAY TO EARN CEUS IN THE SERVICE CATEGORY

Documentation necessary to collect and record for Service Category includes certificate issued by LICH for judges and judge technical advisor (JTA); Official roaster of committee members; and speaking documentation form.

Serv 1   earn 0.5 CEUs per hour on site

Serve as judge, JTA or other official capacity at the CLT exam on test day

Serv 2   earn 0.5 CEUs per hour

Serve on board or committee for green industry organization

Serv 3  earn 0.5 CEUs per hour on site

Serve as ICC Evaluator to a CLT exam on set up and test day

Serv 4   earn 1 CEU per hour

Teaching or presenting at schools, conferences workshops or other green industry programs.

OAHU LANDSCAPE TRAINING

CLT Training Classes begin June 29 on Oahu at the Urban Garden Center in Pearl City

Landscape Maintenance classes will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm from June 29th to July 28th.

Advanced Irrigation School will be held Friday & Saturday July 29 & 30 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Download registration forms at www.landscapehawaii.org

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Jay Deputy is the state administrator for the Certified Landscape Technician program and a member of the LICH Board of Directors.

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