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Training & Certification for Landscape Professionals
Videos & webinars:
- Sustainable Landscaping: The Road to Healthy Public Spaces (video 45 min.) focuses on IPM and other sustainable practices. See extra chapters (5 min. each) on IPM Steps, Turf, Fertilizers, Trees, Pruning, Compost Tea, Corn Gluten, Stinging Insects, Tools, Landscape Design, and Education
- Healthy Soils part 1: Soil Science and Healthy Soils part 2: Soil Restoration (45 min. each) webinars on the foundation of sustainable landscaping
- Stormwater Challenges and GSI/LID Solutions (28 min.) introduces professionals to Low Impact Development practices
- Soil Protection and Compost-Amended Soils - Meeting WA Stormwater Requirements (64 min.), for landscape designers and stormwater planners
- Compost Benefits for Stormwater & Climate (9 min.)
- Stormwater Pollution and Solutions that Protect Salmon (28 min.)
- Sustainable Landscape Resources (pdf) links to the resources referred to these videos & webinars.
- Sustainable Sites (SITES) webinars for design professionals
- Designing the Sustainable Site (56 min.) based on the national SITES guidelines
- WSU Soil Management has videos, slideshows & guides on soil testing, texture, and more
Sustainable landscaping is a growing market. Training puts you in the lead. Check this page regularly for upcoming professional trainings, or view Past Workshop Presentations. For training materials in other languages see Translations.
Register for these upcoming trainings:
- “Sustainable Soil Practices: Managing Soil Health on Your Site” September 7, 2017. Register here
- City of Seattle Pesticide Recertification Seminar
“Solving Challenges Old and New: emerging strategies for urban IPM” October 24 & 25, 2017
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Training and certification resources:
Landscape professionals can learn more and be recognized through:
- ecoPRO WA Sustainable Landscape Professional Certification – offers advanced training and certification for working professionals, including online presentations from previous courses. Also see the Sustainable Landscapes reading & resource list (pdf).
- EnviroStars – certification for many types of businesses in the region, including landscape companies
- Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) – national guidelines and certification for sustainable landscapes, similar to the LEED green building rating system. See webinars at SITES/Education.
- WA Stormwater Center and WA Dept. of Ecology LID Training list upcoming courses for professionals on Low Impact Development practices to manage stormwater. See a webinar from that series Soil Protection and Compost-Amended Soils - Meeting WA Stormwater Requirements (64 min.), for landscape designers and stormwater planners.
- Seattle's RainWise offers rain garden & cistern training for contractors, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- WSDA Pesticide Certification is required for professionals who apply pesticides
- Garden Hotline professional training links to many programs, including Plant Amnesty
- WSNLA Event Calendar shows many upcoming trainings at a glance
Community college horticulture, landscape, and urban agriculture professional training:
- South Seattle College
- Seattle Central College
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology
- Edmonds Community College
- UWBG ProHort professional continuing education
Professional organizations offering training:
- Washington Association of Landscape Professionals
- Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association
- Pacific NW Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture
- Washington Chapter, American Society of Landscape Architects
- Washington Chapter, Association of Professional Landscape Designers
- Washington Council, American Institute of Architects
- Irrigation Association
- Coalition of Organic Landscape Professionals