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California, September 1, 2002 — The California Landscape Contractors Association will hold an annual meeting of the membership during the association's annual convention in Hawaii. The meeting will be held on Friday, November 22, from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Royal Hawaiian, O'ahu, Hawaii, during CLCA's annual convention. For more information see www.clca.org


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LANDSCAPE TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION TO BE OFFERED IN PENNSYLVANIA

Herndon, VA, August 30, 2002 — The Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA) has become a licensee of the Certified Landscape Technician-Exterior (CLT-E) program. PLNA joins 22 other U.S. state associations offering the test in 23 states and four Canadian associations giving the exam in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and the Atlantic Provinces.

“ALCA is proud that PLNA is offering this certification,” said Debra Holder, ALCA’s executive vice president. “This is a member benefit that gives landscape contractors a standard by which they can be judged, and the client has a tool for assessing value.”

The CLT-Exterior exam is a daylong, “hands-on” process that requires the candidate to use his mental and physical abilities under time constraints. All candidates must pass the Common Core problems as well as the challenges in his selected specialty area of Installation, Maintenance, or Irrigation. After completing one of the Exterior Modules, the technician may pursue an Advanced Endorsement in Carpentry, Concrete, Advanced Horticultural Management, and/or Low Voltage Lighting.

John Luznicky, CLP, a member of ALCA’s Certification Board of Governors states, “It is great that another association has recognized the benefit that certification offers to their members and to the green profession. PLNA is joining an elite group of associations that choose to be proactive in advancing the professionalism of industry members. Customers can have confidence in work done by a CLT because the training involved in preparing for the exam validates the skill level of employees out on the job sites.”

For more information about certification, please contact the ALCA office, 150 Elden Street, Suite 270, Herndon, VA 20170; phone: (703) 736-9666 or (800) 395-2522; fax: (703) 736-9668; or visit the ALCA Web site, www.alca.org. ALCA represents approximately 2,500 professional exterior and interior landscape maintenance, installation, and design/build contracting firms and suppliers nationwide.

For more information about PLNA and certification testing in Pennsylvania, please contact Margaret I. O'Neal, PCH, director of education and special events, Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association, 1707 S. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104-3148; (717) 238-1673 or (800) 898-3411; fax: (717) 238-1675; or email: moneal@plna.com.


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