Although conducted in a slightly different manner due to protocols brought on by COVID-19, FNGLA’s landscape certification exams are in full swing across the state. The largest event this year took place in October in Miami-Dade County.
A two-day exam for FNGLA’s Certified Landscape Technician (FCLT) brought together parks personnel, Department of Transportation engineers and certified judges at the Miami-Dade County Parks headquarters in Kendall. A Spanish exam took place one day and an English exam took place the next. This followed bilingual training the week prior.
Employees are required to earn the FCLT certification within the first year of employment to maintain their status within the Miami-Dade County Parks Dept. This requirement has been in place for more than 10 years and was designed to enhance the training and professionalism of parks personnel – and the quality of the parks, themselves.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently recognized FCLT as a requirement for both landscape contractors and inspectors working on roadway projects.
A huge shout-out goes to FNGLA’s dedicated volunteer trainers and judges who devoted their time to increase the skills and knowledge of all of Florida’s nursery and landscape industry.
Those looking to enhance their professional development, or who need to earn the FCLT designation for their jobs, contracts or Florida DOT work, can contact Gary Weitermann, FNGLA’s Certification Manager, or see FNGLA’s online calendar of events for upcoming dates.