What is a Certified Landscape Professional?

An LNA Master Landscapers Association (LNA) Certified Landscape Professional demonstrates to clients that they are committed to industry best practice and are committed to their work and career. They will be continuing to develop skills and knowledge of the Landscaping industry by involvement in the Continual Professional Development component of the Certified Landscape Professionals program.

How, why and when was the scheme established?

  • The LNA developed the program for the following reasons:
  • There is rapid technological change in the type of materials, machinery and installation techniques that require the industry to maintain currency with regard to these changes.
  • Having established that the development of an industry pathway is critical for retention of staff in the industry, this includes trade and post trade level training and articulated career paths.
  • A skills shortage of employees with a high level of technical landscape construction, business management and supervisory skills.
  • There is an ageing workforce creating an increasing need for attracting and retaining new entrants and providing for advanced training in trade and post trade areas for new and current people in the Landscape Construction Industry.
  • The professional profile of Landscape Contractors needs to be promoted to the general public in order that the market fully understands the scope and complexity required within landscape works
  • To aid small business growth and profitability

Why should my business participate in the Certified Landscape Professionals program (CLP)?

As a member of CLP program you will enjoy continued support via extensive marketing and promotion to the industry and consumers in NSW & ACT through a range of mediums including websites, trade shows, newsletters and advertisements. CLP is reaching out to both the mature and younger members of the industry and is an excellent way to establish and develop a profile within the landscaping Industry. Being a part of the CLP program puts you in the best position to keep up with industry trends and be 'in-the-know'. It also offers valuable networking opportunities and access to on-going training and professional development activities. CLP strengthens your industry relationships and business profiles and gives you additional credibility with your customers.

A CLP's experience and credibility within the landscape industry is easily identified by:
  • Use of a Post-nominal (e.g. James Blog, CLP)
  • CLP Emblem
  • CLP Certificate of Recognition
  • LNA Website listing

How will the LNA Member's business be recognised?

The LNA offers recognition to those companies who continually update their skills in the Landscaping Industry. In today's competitive marketplace, superior customer service, up-to-date product knowledge and professionalism is crucial to attracting customers and retaining their loyalty. The new Certified Landscape Professionals program recognises the professionalism and expertise of landscape businesses and encourages the public to seek out Certified Landscape Professionals. It also emphasises the need for on-going skills development.

Purpose and Aim

The CLP program aims to:
  • Acknowledge members' commitment to improving their skills and abilities in order to both enrich their personal experience of work and to meet the needs of their customers
  • Encourage a highly skilled industry
  • Provide members with networking opportunities and access to professional development activities.
  • Provide high level of professional practice in Structural Landscaping
  • Facilitate ethical and technically competent landscape practice.
  • Maintain and improve technical and business competence in Structural Landscaping businesses

The continuing professional development requirements are aimed at maximising professional practice outcomes, by ensuring that industry participants are continually up-dating their skills, raising the quality of landscape construction standards, improving safety, and reducing disputes in the NSW & ACT landscaping industry. In particular, the requirements aim at the long term upgrading of the professionalism and performance of Landscape Contractors by:

  • Improving knowledge, skills and practice across industry in identified areas of marketplace concern; and

Maintaining or improving levels of competence, customer service and business management skills in the industry as a whole.

How to become a Certified Landscape Professional?

All LNA Full Members (financial as at 2013) have automatically qualified and are registered for the CLP program. In order to continue accruing points and work towards Certification, you will need to maintain your CLP diary and complete a form when renewing your 2014 membership subscription.

Note: LNA Full members (licensed landscape contractors) who attend any LNA Approved Affiliate event are entitled to accrue points towards the LNA Certified Landscape Professionals CPD program.

How do members maintain status as a Certified Landscape Professionals?

Full Members are required to engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Continuing Professional Development is a way of improving your skills in, and knowledge of, the landscape industry. The program is managed by your industry body, Landscape NSW & ACT Ltd.

What does Continuing Professional Development involve?

Continuing Professional Development involves participating in activities that allow you to gain new skills and knowledge of the landscape industry. This means that you are aware of new products and trends. Professional Development is achieved by engaging in activities within the following categories:
  • LNA - Industry Association Membership
  • Professional Contributions
  • LNA Events Attendance: LNA General Meetings & AGM's
  • Industry events and expo's
  • Landscape Excellence Awards Achievement
  • LNA Business Study Tour
  • Formal Study: Short courses, Semester of study, Year of study
  • Informal Study: Attendance and participation at workshop, trade session, forum, conference
  • Participation in LNA Board, Panel, Sub-committee
  • LNA Member Mentoring
  • Apprentice and Traineeships
  • Industry Affiliated Membership
  • LNA Approved Affiliate/Study Tour
  • LNA Approved Affiliate Industry Events
  • LNA Endorsed Informal Study
  • Industry Technical Subscriptions/Blogs
  • Industry Licences

Continuing Professional Development points are awarded for activities undertaken within each of these categories and are accrued over the two year certification period. Points can be accrued by undertaking a variety of activities within each category.

What is in it for the client and why choose an LNA - CLP Member?

LNA is the professional Association for the landscape Industry in NSW & ACT and can take the hard work out of finding the best person to design, construct or maintain your outdoor area. It is essentially your one stop shop for all landscape related enquiries. Australia prides itself on freedom of choice so why not choose landscape professionals who are reputable, professional and skilled. LNA has set the bar for the industry and has taken the guess work out of finding a professional you can trust. All LNA Members must meet membership criteria, they agree to be bound by the Constitution, Rules and By-Laws and to adhere to the Code of Ethics and ensure that appropriate insurances are maintained so that the client has this assurance and peace of mind when dealing with members. Consumers/clients can utilise both the Referral Services and Arbitration and Mediation Services of the Association by going to www.landscapenswact.com.au and clicking on the "Find a Member" or the "Consumer Information" tabs. Under the "Home Warranty Act" a written contract is required by law for all projects with a labour component in excess of $1,000. LNA members are aware of their contracting obligations, and are required to comply with this legislation and have exclusive access to the LNA developed "Landscape Works Agreement".

What is the difference between LNA membership and a Certified Landscape Professionals (CLP)?

You must be a member of the LNA to register for this program; the main point of difference is that the Certified Landscape Professionals (CLP) will be recognised for participating in CPD activities. Participation will enable the landscape contractor to acquire a more advance skill set and knowledge which will in turn endeavour to improve the overall delivery, quality and professionalism of landscaping services throughout NSW and the ACT.

How will the scheme be promoted to create awareness and thus achieve set outcomes?

As a member of CLP you will enjoy continued support via extensive marketing and promotion to industry and consumers in NSW & ACT through a range of mediums including websites, trade shows, newsletters and advertisements. CLP is reaching out to the younger members of the industry and is an excellent way to develop a profile within the industry.

Where does a landscaper or member of the public go to get more information?

The program is managed by the LNA who can be contacted via email lna@landscapenswact.com.au, website www.landscapenswact.com.au or by calling the LNA Team on (02) 9630 4844

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

What is CPD Continued Professional Development?

Many professions define CPD as a structured approach to learning to help ensure competence to practice, taking in knowledge, skills and practical experience. CPD can involve any relevant learning activity, whether formal and structured or informal and self-directed.

What is a CLP?

A Certified Landscape Professional.

What is an Affiliate?

A person, organisation, or establishment associated with another as a subordinate, subsidiary, or member: network affiliates.

We are already an LNA Member why should we participate in the CLP program?

It is also a means of ensuring that industry participants are continually up-dating their skills, raising the quality of landscape construction standards, improving safety, and reducing disputes in the NSW & ACT landscaping industry.

It is also a means of communicating to the consumer and other potential clients that there is a strong focus on professional development.

The LNA are working closely with local Government to enhance the profile of landscape contractors and to ensure that LNA Members particularly those who participate in the CLP program are selected as the preferred contractors to tender on Government projects.

Being a part of the CLP program puts you in the best position to keep up with industry trends and be 'in-the-know'.

Who qualifies to participate?

Any Full Member of the LNA

What is the point of difference between an LNA Member and a CLP?

You will be recognised for participating in Continued Professional Development.

How much of my time will be required to become certified?

The requirement is 25 credit points over a two year period.

This program allows the LNA to recognise the CPD you are already doing without you evening knowing it!

Below are 3 worked examples that cater for 3 different scenarios.

If you are already an actively involved LNA Member, there will be minimal time required. For example is you were to participate in the following core components of the program over a one year period you would receive 13 points.

EXAMPLE 1

  • Membership max 2 points
  • Landscape Annual Awards max 4 points
  • LNA meeting/workshops Attendance max 6 points
  • 1 x Industry Technical Subscription/Blog max 1 point
  • Total points accrued over 1 year period 13 points x 2 years
  • Total points accrued over 2 year period 26 points (25 points required for Certification)

EXAMPLE 2

  • Membership max 2 points
  • LNA meeting/workshops Attendance max 6 points
  • 1 x Industry Technical Subscription/Blog max 1 point
  • Employment of an apprentice or trainee max 4 points
  • Total points accrued over 1 year period 13 points x 2 years
  • Total points accrued over 2 year period 26 points (25 points required for Certification)

EXAMPLE 3 - REGIONAL MEMBER

  • Membership max 2 points
  • LNA meeting/workshops Attendance max 6 points
  • Industry License max 1 point
  • Employment of an apprentice or trainee max 4 points
  • Total points accrued over 1 year period 13 points x 2 years
  • Total points accrued over 2 year period 26 points (25 points required for Certification)

How much will it cost Members?

You will be charged an administration fee for your Certification to include a post nominal, certificate, emblem/badge and listing on the LNA website when you have qualified and accrued your 25 points at the end of the 2 year period in 2015, and every two years thereafter.

How can LNA Affiliate Members seek endorsement for events and activities that contribute to the program?

The LNA CPD committee is currently accepting proposals from training providers and company representatives who are seeking to hold a CLP program endorsed workshop or information session. If your organisation or company would like to contribute to the CLP program, send us a brief outline of your proposed training including: specifics on who your company are targeting, name of the product, duration of the presentation, technical and specification information and copies of any handouts that you may like to distribute to LNA members.

To discuss possible opportunities feel free to contact Joanne Aquilina directly (0407) 799 449 or email lna@landscapenswact.com.au

How can our company become a CLP program partner?

The LNA are currently inviting expressions of interest for program sponsorship partners. To discuss possible opportunities feel free to contact Joanne Aquilina directly (0407) 799 449 or email lna@landscapenswact.com.au

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