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The 2013 Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care
Upcoming Accreditation Courses
Tentative - December 2-5, 2013 at Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in Philadelphia, PA
New England Regional Course
February 10-13, 2013 at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT
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. The curriculum is based on NOFA’s Standards for Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes, written by NOFA’s Organic Land Care Committee. These Standards, 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. 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.
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.
Day 4 - Choose between Track 1 and 2 for the first part of the day. *Subject to change
Track 1: Organic Turf Management
Track 2: Connecticut
Soil Biology (Including Soil Food Web)
Planting and Plant Care
For AOLCPs interested in attending a single day: each day is approved for 4 AOLCP CEUs.
2014 Accreditation Course Pricing
Mid-Atlantic Accreditation Course Fee: $550
New England Regional Accreditation Course Fee $495
Daily Rate: $130
Additional Fees for those planning to become Accredited:
Exam Fee: $50
Supporter Level: $75 or
Business Level: $110
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 print out and send in our registration form, and mail the check for the full amount to CT NOFA, PO Box 164, Stevenson, CT 06491.
A Reminder: If an accredited organic land care professional (AOLCP) referred you to the course, please write "Referred by [name]" in the comments box when you write a check or register online
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