Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

NOFA Mid-Atlantic Accreditation Course 
December 8-11, 2014 (snow date Dec.12th)
Philadelphia, PA
In Partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

New England Regional Accreditation Course
February 9-12, 2015 (snow date February 13th)
Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

 

Registration for each course is $550. Online registration will be up shortly

Course Information

This 30-hour course for land care professionals and environmental educators provides a well-rounded curriculum for an understanding of organic land care principles, practices, design and maintenance. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to incorporate land care methods and materials that respect natural ecology and the long-term health of the environment into their businesses or education programs.

The curriculum is based on NOFA’s Standards for Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes.These Standards, first published in 2001 and revised semi-annually, extend the vision and practices of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes where we live our daily lives and lands which we choose to steward. 

Who should attend the course?

Landscapers - Designers - Landscape Architects - Garden Center employees - Municipal employees - Parks and Recreation employees - Land trust staff - Conservation property managers - Master gardeners Horticulturists - Horticulture and Landscape teachers - Entrepreneurs and new business owners

Accreditation

At the end of the course, students have the option of taking the exam.  Upon passing with a score of 70% or higher, they may choose to become an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) which is a marketable credential offering many benefits. See the Accreditation Page for more info.

Sample Curriculum

 *Subject to change at each location

Day 1
OLC Principles and Procedures
Site Analysis, Design and Maintenance 
Stormwater Management
Soil Fundamentals
Soil Health/ Soil Testing

Day 4 - Choose Track 1 or 2 

Track 1: Connecticut
Organic Landscaping

Green Infrastructure
Permaculture Introduction
Native Plants
Caring for Mature Trees and Shrubs

 

Track 1: Pennsylvania
Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Green City, Clean Waters Overview
Stormwater Management Case Studies and Project Examples
Soils for infiltration Practices
PWD Programs and Projects

Track 2: Organic Turf Management 
Transitioning to Organic Turf
Tools in your toolbox for organic management
Fundamentals of creating an organic turf management program

 

Afternoon Session

The Business of Organic Land Care
Roundtable with AOLCPs – ask your peers about their business and experience in organic land care
Accreditation Exam

 

Day 2 

Soil Biology (Including Soil Food Web)
Compost
Compost Tea
Mulches
Lawn Alternatives
Invasive Plants
Disease Control

Day 3 

Planting and Plant Care
Introduction to Turf
Pest Management for Turf
Pest Management Overview
Pest Management Shrubs
NOFA Accreditation

To Pay Your Accreditation Fee and Exam Fee in advance please select these options in the registration form. For an explanation of the difference between to the two different levels of accreditation please refer to the Accreditation Page.

*Discounted Accomodations NOFA arranges for block room discounts located near the course. Information about specific hotels will be shared in information e-mails (which you can sign up for below) or will be shared on this page or the course pages.

*Payment Plan Option: Attendees can pay for the course and test in two installments, $250 upon registration and pay the remainder two weeks prior to the first day of the course.  Please call our office to register using the Payment Plan; (203) 308-2584.

Group Discount: Groups of 3 or more registered by the same business or organization will receive a 10% discount on the registration fees (accreditation and exam fees not included).  

To Pay By Check: Please fill out our online registration form (somming soon) and mail check for the full amount to CT NOFA, 126 Derby Avenue, Derby, CT 06418.

Referral Policy: If an accredited organic land care professional (AOLCP) referred you to the course, they will receive a $25 credit if you write "Referred by [name]" in the comments box when you write a check or register online

 

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