A Breif Overview
Certification : APLD® certification program provides professional recognition to landscape designers, based on established standards of excellence. This process encourages self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement. Certification is available for Associate APLD® members in good standing, who have been practicing landscape design for a minimum of four years.
Our certification process is to evaluate the candidates submitted work. It is not an educational curriculum. The submission consists of three installed projects and requires drawings, plant list, design intent statement and photographs.
To encourage our certified members to continue their education, we require recertification every three years, with 30 contact hours of continuing education credit (CEU).
The certification committee has developed a review process for landscape designers to become certified. Ours is the only national (international) certification program for landscape designers. Currently, 20% of our members are certified. The evaluation process includes review of submitted plans and other data as well as keeping track of and assigning CEU's (continuing education units) which are required for maintaining certification. Committee members are divided regionally. All submissions are kept confidential.
The APLD® Certification Review Panel convenes four times each year to review applications for Certified Professional Membership. The current review schedule is January, March, August and November. Applications are due by the first of the month.
The California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC) is a professional organization of nursery growers, retailers and associated green industry businesses dedicated to the promotion, protection, and advancement of the nursery industry through research, education, and advocacy.
We seek to achieve this mission by:
- Representing all major industry segments by identifying, documenting and developing strategic solutions to address the needs and issues of concern for the industry.
- Serving as the industry’s advocate among legislators, government officials, media and other public stakeholders.
- Providing cutting-edge business information, education and certification opportunities that reflect the highest standards of practice and professionalism.
- Facilitating open and timely exchange of information and ideas among interested and affected parties.
- Promoting horticulture as a viable career option.
- Funding research and providing educational scholarships to continuously advance the industry.
- Promoting gardening as a worthwhile and healthy lifestyle.
- Engaging in the most effective management practices to ensure all other goals are achieved.
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