A career as a landscape professional can include advocacy, networking, and educational aspects through organizations such as these:
National Association of Landscape Professionals (formerly the Professional Landcare Network) - Represents the voice of more than 100,000 landscape professionals by promoting the value of its members’ services to legislators and the general public. This association administers the Landscape Industry Certified designation which is a benchmark for educational achievement for lawn care professionals. Their website contains great information such as educational and media resources, advocacy opportunities, and details of upcoming seminars in the landscaping industry.
National Hispanic Landscape Alliance - The NHLA is a trade association that “supports the advancement of Hispanic-Americans as landscape industry professionals and leaders”. It also “provides Hispanic-American landscaping professionals a voice in the national dialogue on environmentally responsible landscape practices and a means through which to collectively advance the interests of their businesses, the livelihood of their employees and the quality of life in the communities in which they live and work”. Companies such as John Deere have recently joined the NHLA, making big discounts available to its members. Information about the membership with the NHLA is provided here at Landscape Supply; don't miss out on the huge savings available to you!
Landscape Management Association - Since January of 1988 the LMA’s primary goal has been to “promote the use of sound landscape and horticultural practices throughout the state of Florida. The membership of LMA encompasses participation from landscape professionals from every segment of the industry. Contractors, designers, manufacturers, suppliers, technical experts and many more are cooperating to insure that the landscape profession will continue to pace forward in the attainment of our goal.” LMA has been instrumental, through its lobbying efforts, in establishing new laws that govern the safe and effective application of pesticides and herbicides. The LMA coordinates numerous seminars and certification programs to improve education for landscape industry professionals.
Ecological Landscape Alliance - “Advocating for responsible stewardship of land and natural resources in landscaping and horticultural practices.” The ELA provides educational and outreach programs that strive to educate ecological professionals, community members, and students. A membership with the ELA provides a discount to ELA conferences/networking events/Eco-Tours/Eco-Workshops/educational events, a company profile featured in one month of the ELA newsletter, among other benefits.
Florida Nursery, Growers, And Landscape Association - The FNGLA is Florida’s oldest and largest association focusing on the needs of Florida’s environmental horticulture industry. “Through FNGLA, growers, landscape professionals, brokers, retail garden centers, allied suppliers and other industry members are provided an avenue to work together to strengthen the future of the nursery and landscape industry.” Benefits of a membership with FNGLA includes: subscription to Greenline (a monthly newsletter), educational opportunities, discounts, etc. This organization sponsors youth education efforts such as the Florida School Gardening Competition and has a Landscape Awards Program that was established in 1970.
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