Oahu’s Final Landscape Industry Certified Technicians

By Brandon Au

The digital age has finally caught up to the Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) program. December 31, 2019 was the last day to become certified using hand written Scantron forms and be tested during an all-day practical exam. After two written retakes and a practical exam, we have our final class of LICTs for Oahu. Although others may not have achieved their certification, they should continue to reach their goals of becoming certified online.

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the practical retake exam was spearheaded by Russell Galanti, Cooperative Extension Service Agent of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, at the Waimanalo Research Station. We again thank the volunteers for their support as without them, the practical exam would have been very difficult to accomplish. We would like to recognize everyone who volunteered for the exam and the business they represent:

Carlton Luka, LICT
Darryl Dudoit, LICT, Lanakila Workforce Resources
Kevin Mulkern, Mulkern Landscaping and Nursery
Madeleine Shaw, Hawaii Landscape and Irrigation Contractors Association
Michael Hao, Lanakila Workforce Resources
Norman Allen, LICT, Ohana Nui Management
Rockjohn Castintahan, LICT, Hawaii Landscape Services
Rogelio Corrales, UH Waimanalo Research Station
Ronald Yi, LICT, Lanakila Workforce Resources
Russell Galanti, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Major sponsors who provided donations, including equipment rental and materials used for the exam were: Hawaii Landscape and Irrigation Contractors Association, Lanakila Workforce Resources, and the University of Hawai`i at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR).

We are very proud for the following candidates who challenged themselves to strive for the LICT certification. Eight candidates successfully completed all of the requirements needed to achieve an LICT certification and are listed below, with some acquiring their 3rd or 4th certification:

Irrigation

Ivan Fujii, LICT, Landscape Hawaii, Inc. (2nd certification)
Quintin Nilo, Nilo Landscaping Company (1st certification)
Romel Gaoiran, LICT, Ohana Nui Landscapes (4th certification)

Turf Maintenance

Brickwood Engoring, Greenspace Hawaii, Inc. (1st certification)
Janell Yokota, Lanakila Workforce Resources (1st certification)
Justin Kaho Tuivalentino, Lanakila Workforce Resources (1st certification)

Ornamental Maintenance

Ernesto Tabangcura, Island Landscaping & Maintenance, Inc. (1st certification)
Ivan Fujii, LICT, Landscape Hawaii, Inc. (3rd certification)
Micah Paulo, LICT, Kendall Landscape Services, LLC (2nd certification)

We will be continuing with the LICT training program in 2020, so make sure to visit the website in April 2020 at https://www.hawaiiscape.com/training/ to register for the training as classes will start in June. The training will follow the NALP training manuals in preparation for the online exam.

LICT is a national certification administered by NALP, which represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals across America. In Hawai`i, there are over 350 LICTs with multiple certifications. The LICT program started in Hawai`i in 1999 and is administered by LICH.

Brandon Au, an LICT, is the head of the Nursery and Landscape Section for the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Urban Forestry.

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