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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has included landscaping services in its most recent "Advisory memorandum on identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response."
Read the full memorandum. Landscapers are mentioned on page ten, in the second bullet under "Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services."
Certified Landscape Professionals
The new Certified Landscape Professionals (CLP) program identifies certified landscape and irrigation businesses to local customers. It was established to support contractors who have gone above and beyond their industry standards to achieve professional certification, classifying them as experts in their landscape fields. Our customers get a reliable business reference, while contractors benefit from the additional exposure.
To join the program:
- Receive and maintain one of the below certifications from either the Irrigation Association or the National Association for Landscape Professionals.
- Attend an annual meeting to learn about the program and its requirements.
- Read the description and rules document.
- Sign and return the program application and annual agreement to Eric Olson at ZW9sc29uQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.
- Follow the code of ethics from the certifying body.
CLP members are recommended to our customers and displayed on our website at fcgov.com/landscape-pros.
Any of the following certifications will earn a CLP classification:
- Irrigation Association
Certified Irrigation Designer (CID)
A certified irrigation designer is a professional that prepares irrigation designs. A CID evaluates site conditions and determines net irrigation requirements based on the needs of the project. The designer selects the most effective irrigation equipment and design methods. A CID’s objective is to establish specifications and design drawings for the construction of an irrigation project.
Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC)
A certified irrigation contractor is an irrigation professional whose principal business is the execution of contracts or subcontracts to install, repair, and/or maintain irrigation systems. A CIC must conduct business in such a manner that projects meet the specifications and requirements of the contract.
Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA)
A certified landscape irrigation auditor is involved in the quantification of landscape irrigation water use. Auditors collect site data, make maintenance recommendations and minor repairs, and perform field measurements and observations. Through this data gathering, a basic irrigation schedule can be developed that will assist a site water manager or property owner manage his overall irrigation water usage.
- National Association of Landscape Professionals
The National Association of Landscape Professionals has grown to be a leading landscape and lawn care organization. Their certifications assure customers of competent landscape professionals.
Landscape Industry Certified Technician (CLT-E)
Designed for exterior technicians in softscape installation, hardscape installation, turf maintenance, ornamental maintenance or irrigation.
Landscape Industry Certified Horticulture Technician (COLP)
Designed for landscape professionals looking to expand or reinforce their knowledge of landscape plant life.
Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Manager (CTP)
Designed for lawn care professionals wanting a well-rounded foundation in warm- and cool-season turfgrass establishment, growth, maintenance, troubleshooting, and customer relations.
For more information, contact Eric Olson at 970-221-6704.