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of sturdy, weather resistant material. Contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture for additional information. Te Georgia Depart- ment of Agriculture also has a source list of manufacturers who make the signs.


State law regarding landscape design • Georgia House Bill 417, passed during the 1993 legislative session, relates to who can and cannot do landscape design work for money. According to this act, a design can only be sold by a Registered Landscape Ar- chitect (RLA). RLAs have passed a stringent Landscape Architect’s Certification Exam administered by the American Society of Landscape Architects and are licensed with the GA Secretary of State’s Office. A land- scape contractor, designer or retailer (or anyone who is not a RLA) who performs design services cannot charge for his/her design and must follow up by installing the design. Newcomers to the landscape profes- sion need to be aware of this act if they are considering design services as a part of their business.


Summary from Chapter 5 in the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Manual written by Mike Evans, Paul Pugliese, & Barry Smith with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.


Professional certifications Certifications improve your personal market- ability and delivery of professional excellence. Tere are many certification programs for Green Industry Professionals.


Georgia Certified Landscape Professional. Tis program is designed for managers and technicians in both the landscape installation and maintenance businesses. It is a self-study course with both written and hands-on examinations. Te program is administered through the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture and cost $165 for all materials and exams. 15 hours of CEUs are required every three years to maintain certification. 770-233-6107


Georgia Certified Plant Professional. Tis program is designed for professionals employed in the retail garden center indus- try. It is a self study course with a written


exam and an extensive plant identification exam. Te program is administered through the UGA Center for Urban Agriculture and cost $165 for all materials and exams. 770-233-6107


Georgia Pesticide Applicator License. A “Private” Pesticide applicator license is required if you apply restricted pesticides to your property or your employer’s proper- ty. Tis is the license commonly needed for Nurseries, Farms, Forestry, and Sod Produc- tion. 3 hours of CEUs are required every 5 years to remain certified. Private pesticide licenses may be obtained free of charge by attending training at your local County Extension Office. A “Commercial” pesticide applicator license is required if you apply any pesticide to a property for a fee. Te most common category of commercial license for our industry is the Ornamental and Turf license (Cat. 24). A $45 exam fee will be charged by the technical colleges for administer- ing the exam. Once you pass the exam, you will need to mail in a check or money order in the amount of $90 made payable to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Te license requires 10 hours of CEUs every five years. https://www.gapestexam.com Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Certification. If you are involved with moving soil with a trencher, a front-end loader, an excavator or a shovel in Georgia, then you need erosion and sediment control certification. Te rule requires that one certi- fied person be present on each disturbed site during soil moving activities. http://gaswcc. georgia.gov/education-and-certification


Certified Irrigation Contractor.Tere are six areas of national certification available from the Irrigation Association. Cost varies by category (approx. $275). 10 CEUs are required annually to remain certified. www.irrigation.org/Irrigation_Show/ Education/IA_Exams.aspx


ISA Certified Arborist. Tis certification is for persons involved in professional tree care. Tere are five levels of certification of- fered by the International Society of Arbor-


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