October 22, 2016
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Landscape Ontario’s annual Professional Development Seminar Guide mails with this issue of Landscape Ontario magazine, and is also available online.

The 2016-2017 Guide features over 80 seminars, most held at the LO home office in Milton, Ont., with some courses also offered regionally via the nine LO chapters across the province. In addition, the Guide lists other educational and networking opportunities available to LO members and the green professions, such as annual sector-specific symposiums and conferences, apprenticeship, industry certification, events and safety groups.

Some courses are offered in November and December, with the bulk of courses running January through to early April, 2017. Those who register before Jan. 1, 2017 for courses held next year will automatically receive a 10 per cent discount.

Aligned with LO’s Prosperity Partners Program, all courses are designed to help improve business success in one of the five main prosperity pillars: Leadership, Financial Health, Operational Excellence, Customers for Life and Sales Success. In addition, individual course content is aligned with many industry certification programs, providing information or experience for key areas of certification. Some courses will also qualify attendees to earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for recertification for: International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification, accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP), accredited Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Water Smart Irrigation Professional (WSIP) certification, and various designations from the Irrigation Association (IA) and Red Seal Apprenticeship Program.

Courses are led by well-known professionals with many years of experience — many of whom are still very active within the landscape professions. There are a number of new instructors this year that will bring new energy and new perspectives to some popular topics.

Course registration is now open online. Landscape Ontario and Ontario Parks Association members get preferred pricing, and other savings are in place for those holding a Landscape Industry Certified or WSIP certification.

Once logged in, simply add courses to your shopping cart, select the employees who will attend each course, add new employees and checkout in a matter of minutes. When registering for courses, please note location, start time and any required pre-requisites or materials participants need to bring with them.

For a complete listing of courses and online registration, visit horttrades.com/seminars.