About Accreditation

Overview
Benefits
Requirements

Overview

We operate an Accreditation Program for organic land care professionals based on the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care. The accreditation exam is given on the last day of the 30-Hour Accreditation Course. NOFA OLC is currently offering two accreditation opportunities in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, for more information click here.

Those who pass are eligible to become NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs) and pledge to practice according to the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care for those clients who ask for organic. Approximately 500 professionals from 18 states are accredited by NOFA. Our accreditation program provides continuing education courses, referrals, networking, newsletters, publicity, media interviews, and collective, regional markting. For our business AOLCPs, we also provide a flexible listing on our on-line searchable database of AOLCPs so that homeowners can easily find local, organic, accredited professionals who provide the services they need.

Benefits

Growing public awareness of pesticide use hazards and new legislation mandating least toxic and non-toxic alternatives are fueling a new market opportunity for professionals with knowledge of organic lawn, gardens and landscape care.  Our program allows clients to identify trained professionals who can help them to manage their land organically.

Here is what the AOLCPs have said about the program:

  • 98% said the Organic Land Care Course is a good investment
  • 95% recommend the NOFA 30-Hour Course to colleagues
  • 95% said that NOFA accreditation as an Organic Land Care Professional is a good investment
  • 87% said that the perceived value of their horticultural knowledge had increased.
  • 65% reported an increase in work opportunities and prospects within one year

Accreditation Tiers

$75 per year for the AOLCP Supporter 
View a List of Supporter Level AOLCPs

The Supporter Tier is a reduced rate for professionals who want to maintain their credential and support our mission, but don't need our marketing services. This category may be used by employees of a landscaping business which employs many AOLCPs, as only one person needs a business membership to maintain your online profile.

Who are you?

  • You may work for a non-profit organization and/ or as an educator
  • You may be a landscaper, but don't need an online listing in the AOLCP Searchable Database
  • You want to continue to support the consumer education which we provide via print materials, outreach at public events, our e-newsletters, blogs, website and social media

Benefits

  • Use of the OLC logo in your online or print marketing
  • Use of the name Accredited Organic Land Care Professional or AOLCP
  • Discounts on OLC Advanced Workshops, Annual Gathering
  • Receive monthly AOLCP e-news

AOLCP Business Member $150 per year 

For landscaping professionals and business owners who want marketing exposure on our website and beyond.      

Who are you? 

  • You own a landscaping company, or a company which sells products and services to AOLCPs
  • You want more exposure for your business, specifically getting leads from hits to our online searchable database

Benefits

  • Use of the OLC logo in your online or print marketing  
  • Use of the name Accredited Organic Land Care Professional or AOLCP   
  • New* Use of our advertising templates for your print and online submissions in your locality
  • New* Use of our embeddable text box for your website describing accreditation for your customers, also available as a print file
  • New for 2013* Collective advertisements in each of the seven NOFA Chapters' Farm and Food guides, on their websites, and in their monthly newsletters; also in MOFGA and PASA
  • Discounted rate ($35 per hour) for staff to create your online profile, a professional presentation of your business
  • Discounts on OLC Advanced Workshops, and the Annual Gathering
  • Receive monthly AOLCP e-news with articles of interest

All AOLCPs benefit from:

  1. Use of the NOFA Organic Land Care logo, lawn signs and other promotional materials
  2. A respected credential to use with potential clients, employers, and others that shows you have been educated to the highest standards available by the leading U.S. organization in organic landcaping.
  3. Opportunities for continuing education in organic landscaping.
  4. Discounts at NOFA OLC courses.
  5. Eligible to apply for paid speaking engagements
  6. Eligible to apply for feature articles in the press, in our newsletter, and online about your business
  7. Eligible to apply to be a consultant on our municipal and public outreach projects
  8. Networking with a community of highly trained organic professionals.
  9. Satisfaction of working to improve the health of the planet and its creatures
  10. Support of an organization whose mission is to promote organic lawns, gardens and landscapes in the U.S., and who provides professionals and the public access to cutting edge science, education and outreach.

Requirements:

AOLPCs are landscape professionals who:

  • Take the NOFA OLC Accreditation Course in organic landscaping
  • Pass the Accreditation Exam
  • Pledge to provide organic land care according to the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care
  • Maintain continuing education by attending a minimum of 4 credit-hours of organic landscaping education annually.
  • Pay an annual fee to remain accredited