Review Category : Training

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... ...

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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 certified individuals are to understand and accommodate changes in the green industry.  Therefore, to... ...

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Tools for Ethical Business Decisions

Most Americans view “business ethics” as an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.  Many people working in the landscape industry may not think about ethics as all, being too busy submitting bids and getting work done.  However, ethics is a vital issue for the reputation of our industry as a whole and for each business owner and worker in the field.  Hawaii is a special place and it deserves our best – including ethical behavior.   The people who run businesses generally don’t sit down and think “I’m going to do something unethical today.”  We’re all too busy trying to meet deadlines to usually even stop and think about ethics.  Instead, companies tend to embark on an unethical slide one decision at a time.  It could be padding the hours on a time-and-materials invoice, saying that company workers are qualified to do work they have no experience in, or failing to mention a prior verbal commitment when a new customer representative takes over a project.  There’s usually some sort of rationalization: ... ...

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New LICT Communication Program

New LICT Communication Program By Chris Dacus   Are you LICT or CLT certified and running out of time to complete your 24 CEUs to maintain your certification? Did your your certification lapse? Well don’t worry if you said yes to these questions, there’s a quick path to get your certification current – LICH’s new LICT communication program.   Since 1999, LICH has administered in Hawai’i, the PLANET Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) test formerly known as CLT.  Over three hundred people have passed the exam with many passing multiple certifications.   It’s hard to get certified and important to keep it current. If your certification has lapsed, PLANET at the moment has an amnesty program. Lapsed certifications can be recertified without retaking the exam as long as the LICT professional has earned 24 CEUs in the past 24 month period. For more information on the amnesty program, contact Zane Castle or Sharon Casmay at (800) 395-2522.   To better serve our certification community, LICH is launching a LICT communication... ...

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