September 1, 2018
CNLA News September 2018
CNLA salutes national award winnersThe 15th annual National Awards of Landscape Excellence took place on Aug. 15 at the Algonquin Resort in St. Andrews, N.B. Some 100 landscape and horticulture professionals attended to celebrate the 2018 national award winners, whose projects demonstrated the best of the best in landscape horticulture. Attendees had a chance to connect with the entire CNLA Board of Directors.
Awards were presented in five categories, along with the Garden Centres Canada award for Outstanding Retail Achievement, the Green for Life Industry award and the Green for Life Community Award.
The 2018 winners are:
CSL Group of Ancaster, Ont., for the Caterpillar National Award of Landscape Excellence in Commercial Construction;
Airo Landscapes of St. John’s, N.L., for the National Award of Excellence for Landscape Design;
Aden Earthworks of North York, Ont., for the National Award of Landscape Excellence in Commercial Maintenance;
Pro-Land Landscape Construction of Brampton, Ont., for the Caterpillar National Award of Landscape Excellence for Residential Construction;
Shades of Summer Landscaping and Maintenance of Waterdown, Ont., for the National Award of Landscape Excellence for Residential Maintenance;
Dynascape for the Green for Life Industry Award; and
Scott’s Nursery of Fredericton, N.B., for Outstanding Retail Achievement.
The Green for Life Community Award was presented to the Community Innovation Project at New Brunswick’s École secondaire Assomption and École secondaire de Rogersville. Spearheaded by Claude Vatour, the CIP involves various student projects inside as well as outside of the schools in a variety of academic disciplines, including environmental science, woodworking, horticulture and landscaping, and industrial design.
Pro-Land Landscape Construction, Caterpillar National Award of Landscape Excellence for Residential Construction.
Shades of Summer Landscaping and Maintenance, National Award of Landscape Excellence for Residential Maintenance.
These awards would not be possible without the help of sponsors. CNLA would like to thank Caterpillar, John Deere, Dynascape, Mark’s Commercial and Hort Protect for their support.
CNLA reviews LIC program changesThe National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has announced plans to reshape the Landscape Industry Certification (LIC) Technician exam for Hardscape and Softscape Installation, and Ornamental and Turf Maintenance modules. NALP owns the LIC program, and CNLA, via the provincial associations, is a licensee of the program. NALP is developing an online format that will replace the current hands-on and written testing formats. Those who have already achieved certification will not be affected by these changes.
CNLA’s Professional Development Committee, with representation from the provincial associations, is evaluating the program change to determine whether it fits the needs of the Canadian landscape industry. CNLA and the partner provincial associations are committed to serving members by providing industry certification, and will continue to offer a certification program that is recognized and relevant going forward.
Current certificants, certification holders and certified individuals should continue to accumulate Continuing Education Credits (CECs) to ensure their certification does not lapse. For information on recertification, visit: https://cnla.ca/training/recertification/.
CNLA encourages in-progress candidates to participate in fall 2018 testing to continue on their path towards certification. Registration and a test schedule by province for the fall is available at https://cnla.ca/training/exam-info/.
The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association is the federation of Canada’s provincial horticultural trade associations. Visit www.cnla-acpp.ca for more information.