NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care


UPCOMING 4-Day NOFA Accreditation Courses:

  • New Haven, CT (Aug 13-16, 2018)
  • Portland, Maine (Oct 9-12, 2018)
  • East Hartford, CT (Nov 12-15, 2018)
  • Norwich, CT (Feb 2018, dates TBD)

An ideal course for landscapers, lawn care pros, garden caretakers, park and land trust managers, landscape architects, educators, gardeners, and anyone else who is interested in learning how to care for properties without toxic materials. This 30-hour, 4-day course for land care professionals and environmental educators offers a well-rounded curriculum which will cover organic land care principles, practices, design, and maintenance.

With this course, you will be able to implement organic practices in your work projects and will open up your business to a fast-growing market of customers and consumers who understand the benefits of an organically-managed property. At the end of this course, you will earn the trusted credential of being a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) which organically–inclined customers in the Northeast have come to view as the gold standard organic landscapers.

Course graduates benefit from:
• The respected AOLCP credential for use with potential clients and employers. This shows that you have learned the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care and know how to grow without toxins.
• Use of the NOFA Organic Land Care logo for promotional materials and websites.
• Discounts on other NOFA OLC courses and other affiliates gatherings.
• Networking with a community of highly trained organic professionals who know how to manage organic lawns, gardens, and landscapes.
• Business-level AOLCPs can be found by new clients via NOFA’s 'Organic Landscaper Locator' ( for organic land care pros. 

For more information about the Benefits of NOFA Accreditation, click here.

Course Topics & Instructors
The course topics are wide-ranging and will include organic lawn and turf care, tree and shrub care, soil health, plant disease, compost and compost tea, stormwater management, and much more. The following links will give an overview of the topics, course pace, and instructors. 

Learning Objectives by Section

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Cost | Registration | Scholarships 
Normal 4-day Course & Testing Cost: $695 ($650 for early registration - 2 months prior). Includes course materials, a printed copy of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care (6th edition) - the internationally recognized guide to organic land care practices, and organic land care credentials valid through the end of the year.

  • August 2018 course in New Haven, CT (Aug 13-16) register here.
  • October 2018 course in Portland, Maine (Oct 9-12) register here.
  • November 2018 course in East Hartford, CT (Nov 12-15) register here
  • February 2019 in Norwich, CT - dates to be determined
  • NOFA has 100% scholarship opportunities for land care professionals who serve clients in Connecticut and want organic training. To apply, fill out this form and we will be in touch!
CT DEEP, APLD, ISA credits available for each of our courses. 
For references from course graduates or questions about attending the course, contact the CT NOFA office: 203-308-2584 or email Jeremy Pelletier at

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