Todd Pazz interviewed Sylvia Eichen, the Education Coordinator of the Michigan Green Industry Association, in regards to her organizations work in outdoor service certification courses. The Michigan Green Industry Association is the official association for landscape contractors in Michigan, and with a collective of approximately 500 members, work is not only done to host seminars for contractors, but also to supply their industries.
Outdoor service jobs can be high risk, and in order to accord with the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Pesticide Applicators in the industry must participate in seminars or retest for their certification every 3 years. Since many do not wish to retest for their certification, it becomes Sylvia’s job as education coordinator to set up these courses so that both members and nonmembers may retain their credentials. These courses are also great for Homeowners or those who own large commercial properties or organizations.
The Michigan Green Industry Association offers countless course options from irrigation to PICP specialist classes. Beginning on February 28th, the MGIA will be hosting a large trade show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan, where multiple programs regarding different tracks of professions including HR and Vehicle Compliance will be available, as well as a two day Arborist track.
Beginning in March, those in the Plant Healthcare field have an opportunity to take a 3-session course including: An Introduction To Tree and Shrub Identification; Intro To Tree, Shrub, Insect, and Disease Education; and an Introduction To Pruning and Tree Selling Fundamentals. Afterwards, April and May are the busiest months for courses, and when Summer begins, so do the outdoor courses. The outdoor courses are typically 2-3 hours long beginning at the end of the workday. During that course the instructor will take them to local parks or commercial areas in order to see problems with plants and insects in real time.
Certification opportunities are easily accessible, and all credentials gained are still applicable in the Upper Peninsula.
To register for a course or view course options, visit WWW.Landscape.org , or call them at (248)646-4992 for more information.