Review Category : Business Tips

Hawaiiscape Webinar Series

“Bringing the voice of the Green Industry to you” LICH educational webinar series that expands on topics in the Hawaii Landscape Magazine. Upcoming Webinar October 13, 2020, 3pm-4pm September/October Issue 2020 Women and Diversity via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96133168868 Presenters Dana Hauanio, Director, MBDA Business Center Honolulu Denise Salmeron, Shirley Heathery and Jeffrey Wardwell Business Programs Director, Rural Development, USDA Topics Dana Hauanio will speak on initiatives and programs by the Minority Business Development Association that can aid in recovery from the COVID-19 caused economic recession and Denise Salmeron will provide a brief overview of Rural Development. Shirley Heathery and Jeffrey Wardwell will provide program overview/highlights of the Business & Industry (B&I) and Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). ...

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COVID-19 Operational Guidelines for Industry Companies

NALP Landscape Industry Guidance for Business Operations During COVID-19 The landscape industry, including lawn care, landscape maintenance, design/build, tree care, and irrigation and water management, takes employee and client safety and health very seriously, employing regular safety training and enforcing strong safety standards on the job, following Federal guidelines. Landscape Industry firms use regularly scheduled employee training and adherence to Federal, state, and local safety and health standards to mitigate hazardous exposures at landscape work sites. Landscape professionals maintain and protect the living environments around hospitals, government facilities, housing areas, parks, schools, and more, protecting public safety by: performing regular maintenance to mow, prune, control weeds, and inspect for safety and security issues; performing essential treatments to reduce the spread of dangerous and deadly diseases transmitted by pests like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas; removing fallen trees and mitigating overhead hazards from wind effects; providing maintenance and plant removal to assist in fire abatement; managing invasive species; and keeping public and private pathways free from obstruction and potential The nature of... ...

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New LICT Test and the Employment Training Fund

LICT Test 2020               As you might know by now, the LICT Test this year will be a Computer only test that will continue to include the Written Tests as they have been given. Also included will be elements of the Field / Hands-on Test as previously been given but in a new form involving videos, photos, and multiple-choice questions. The PLANET Training Manuals that have been used as study material in our classes state wide will be the study guide for the 2020 LICT Test. Ornamental Maintenance, Turf Maintenance, Irrigation, and Softscape Installation will be the modules offered as in the past. The LICT test is available right now at the NALP web site; https://www.landscapeprofessionals.org/LP/LP/Certification/Enrollment/Certification_Enrollment.aspx BUT you may want to study and take classes before registering for the Test! Also, LICH will be adding the computer only test to our Employment Training Fund Matrix. That means the Workforce Development Division will be able to pay half of the $545.00 Test Fee and half the $140.00 Retake Fee. This process... ...

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Seven New LICTs / Kona Test

  The Kona Landscape Industry Certification Technician Test was held on June 13th (written) and June 15th (hands-on). This year marks the very last hands-on test to be given on the Big Island.  Seven landscapers achieved their certification in Kona. Michael J. DiMarco, LICT         Hawaii Lawn & Landscape                  Ornamental Maintenance Cary Freeman, LICT                    Hi Landscaping                                          Ornamental Maintenance Tamara Hynd, LICT                    Tamara’s Fine Gardening                      Ornamental Maintenance Josiah Olival, LICT                      Hawaii Lawn & Landscape                     Softscape Installation David Stubbs, LICT                     Stevenson and Associates                       Softscape Installation Dustin Taka, LICT                        Lono’s Landscaping LLC                         Ornamental Maintenance Joel Woodcock, LICT                 Aikane Nursery                                           Softscape Installation   The Landscape Certification Committee of LICH (Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii), who administered the certification test for NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals), understands how hard all candidates of the... ...

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Good News for LICTs Needing CEUs for Recertification

If you are Landscape Industry Certified you may have had trouble keeping track of your CEUs. Have you ever wished that you could go on a web site and see how many CEUs you have accumulated in the two-year period before you recertify? Your wish has come true. This year LICH will be submitting vendor workshops, landscape classes, conferences and any other event to NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) to be approved for Landscape Industry Certified recertification at one CEU per hour of instruction attended. (For more information on the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recertification, please visit the Recertification Center at landscapeprofessionals.org.). If you attend a workshop that is NALP Approved, you can sign the NALP Approved form available with your name; and the form will be sent to NALP, and your CEUs will be added to your account. Don’t have an account with NALP? Call Margo at 703 456-4209 to receive a Username and Password. If you attended an event that did not register to be... ...

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2019 Report / NALP and the Future of the LICT

The NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) will be alive and well for the whole upcoming year. In January 2020, as many of you know, the LICT test will still be given and administered by LICH, but the there will not be a hands-on component to the test starting in 2020. The test skills needed to pass the hands-on questions will still exist, but only as a computer-driven test! The written tests we are used to taking will be a part of that same computer-based test. As the LICT State Administrator, my strong recommendation is that if you have retakes standing in the way of getting certified, take your retakes now and get certified while the test is familiar to you. If you have any misgivings about taking the test on a computer, now is the time to get certified! The LICT designation will continue to exist and be promoted by our industry and LICH will still prepare landscapers to prepare for the test in... ...

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2018 Oahu LICT Exam Final Report

  This year’s Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) program for Oahu was in limbo as earlier in the year, word got out that the LICT program was to come to an end in April of 2019. However, many thought that the training and exam for 2018 was cancelled even though registration for training and the exam was posted on the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii’s (LICH) website. With less than two weeks before the start of the classes, it was not clear if this year’s program was a go and registration for training was filling up. So, the committee needed to decide if the training should continue as the presenters needed to be confirmed, volunteers and sponsors recruited, and promotion for more participants conducted. Three weeks later, the classes started. Overall, there were 25 participants and the classes were held at the Pearl City Urban Garden Center, Pacific Pipe Company, and the University of Hawaii Waimanalo Research Station. On the week of the exam, the candidates, judges, volunteers, and sponsors... ...

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The LICT Field Test is On For Oahu 2018!

The 2018 Field Test for Oahu is On! The Hands-On Test is scheduled for AUGUST 25, 2018. The LICT Training Classes start date has been changed to June 26th! Written tests: Thursday, August 23rd Go to the Training Page, click here, to register for the classes or to check out the new schedule. Thanks to the Certification Committee and HLICA for finding a way to get the test reinstated for this year. If you are certified and not adding a module this year, be sure to get in touch with Brandon Au at bau@honolulu.gov to help in any way you can from set up to Judging for this year’s test. Volunteers are needed! For Test Registration Forms for the Oahu 2018 LICT test, go to the LICT Test Registration Page: click here ...

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