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2013-2014 Accreditation Courses in Organic Land Care
New England Regional Course
February 10-13, 2014 at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT
(Snow Date Feb.14)
Accreditation Course Fee: $495
View Course Agenda HERE
*AOLCPs can earn all 4 OLC credits required for 2014 by attending ONE day of the course. The single day attendence fee is $130,Click HERE to register for one day.
Additional Fees for those planning to become Accredited:
Exam Fee: $50
Accreditation Fee: Supporter Level: $75 or introductory Business Level: $150
For more information tiered levels of accreditation
Registrations are fully refundable up to a week before the event, our event refund policy can be found HERE
*Special room rates of $89 per night (plus tax) at the Holiday Inn of Norwich located at 10 Laura Blvd, Norwich, CT 06360. For reservations, guests can call the hotel directly at 860-889-5201 or toll free reservations at 877-463-4462. To receive the group discounted rate, please refer to the group name "NOFA Organic Land Care" or group code "NOFA". Cut-off date for group reservations February 5, 2014.
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
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.
*Subject to change at each location
Day 4 - Choose Track 1 or 2
Track 1: Connecticut
Caring for Mature Trees and Shrubs
Track 1: Pennsylvania
Track 2: Organic Turf Management
The Business of Organic Land Care
Soil Biology (Including Soil Food Web)
Planting and Plant Care
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 on Day 1 of the course, pay for the exam on the day of exam, and their accreditation fee within a month of taking the exam. Please call our office to register using the Payment Plan.
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 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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