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Professional Development for Landscape Contractors

Professional Development for Landscape Contractors

Professional Development for Landscape Contractors

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The Landscape Institute is proud to announce Professional Development for Landscape Contractors. Courses will run once a year from mid-January to mid-March. These courses are designed for landscape construction contractors and maintenance professionals who are looking to move up the ladder by becoming more versatile,  and effective employees.

Through these courses, emerging landscape contractors can hone their skills in a variety of areas including:

  • Improve their business skills (contracts, sales, communications and financial management)
  • Develop their ability to manage crew members, project team and clients
  • Improve their ability to address design and grading concerns
  • Reading and estimating construction documents  
These 8-week courses will meet on Wednesdays; classes are scheduled in the morning, afternoon and early evening. Courses contain lectures, discussions and interactive projects. At the end of each week students will be able to apply what they've learned on the job. Professional CEUs are pending approval.

Spring 2014 Courses

  • Management and Business skills for Landscape Contractors (Morning)
  • Woody Plant Identification for Landscape Contractors (Afternoon)
  • Reading and Estimating Construction Drawings (Afternoon)
  • Grading and Drainage - Techniques and Materials (Evening)

These courses were developed with input from small and large landscape construction and maintenance companies. Future courses will be developed with additional industry input. Possible courses for next year include: Soil Biology- Management and Renewal, Best Practices in Plant Installation and Care, Best Practices in Integrated Landscape Management Plans, Container Plants and Bulbs, Maintaining Rooftop Gardens, Maintenance and Stewardship of Historic Estates and Places, Care and Construction of Coastal and Conservation Landscapes.

Professional Development for Landscape Contractors costs $410.00 per eight-week course. These courses are rigorous, not for academic credit and students receive a pass/fail grade. For more information, please contact pce@the-bac.edu. See the full LI course listing for additional topics such as: Vectorworks, Design and Digital Media, and hand drawing skills such as Landscape Drafting, and sketching in Drawing the Garden Landscape.