The LNA is currently looking at getting landscapers certified and introducing post nominal's and to achieve this we will be introducing training for contractors to assist in fulfilling their responsibility as a licence holder and LNA member. The LNA has recently met with NSW Fair Trading and discussed developing a model of education, training and continuous improvement 'accreditation'. John Tansey, Assistant Commissioner Home Building Service NSW Fair Trading, was in support of the LNA proposal for accreditation and has indicated that they will provide a formal letter of support for the programme.
To facilitate this development the LNA is assembling an active and dynamic programme that will provide contractors and landscape professionals with opportunities to advance skills and professional standing amongst their peers and community.
We have introduced training such as the Build a Better Landscape Business workshop in conjunction with WesTrac and Landscape Management Network (LMN). This course is designed specifically for our industry and encompasses the fundamental operating methods and systems that are required to operate a successful landscaping business. For more on the upcoming workshop visit: http://www.outdoordesign.com.au/article/Landscape-Management-Workshop/1001
LNA Members who have already registered or intend to register for this workshop will note that this particular course will form part of the new LNA programme, and if completed by members will go towards certification having a value of 6 points.
The LNA has also been in discussion with various Municipal Councils which has led to them indicating that they would endorse and prefer to utilise LNA accredited landscape contractors in their pre-qualification tendering and evaluation process.
Please stay tuned for further information on this dynamic programme introduction.