Hawaiʻi’s pleasant year-round weather makes for a lush and green environment, which requires a steady supply of landscape technicians. Helping to meet this industry demand is Leeward Community College’s Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. Beginning in February 2014 they will offer a new course – Basic Training in Landscape Maintenance and Installation.
Green Industry Pro magazine’s Fall 2012 Landscape Contractor’s Business Outlook showed that 53 percent of companies expect to be more profitable in 2013 recording increases in lawn care providers, irrigation, maintenance and installation. The need for qualified and highly trained landscape technicians is on the rise.
The 48-hour course will be delivered through a series of classes February 13–May 15 and has a participant cost of $450. The course blends classroom learning with hands-on experience, based on the Professional Landcare Network Training manual.
- Landscape maintenance equipment safety
- Prevention of common accidents and injuries
- Read and understand a landscape plan
- Identify common landscape plants and pests
- Repair and maintain irrigation systems
- Assess soil problems and select proper amendments
- Softscape installation
- Properly install and maintain ornamentals and turf
- Identify sustainable landscape maintenance practices
The course is intended to provide entry level students with a good fundamental background in landscape maintenance, and may be used as an excellent study guide for experienced landscapers preparing to take the Landscape Industry Certified Technician exam series that aims to raise industry standards by upgrading the status of landscape professionals in the areas of installation, maintenance and irrigation.
This training was made available as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Grant, better known as C3T Hawaiʻi.