June 19, 2017
Fusion Landsape Professional Program

FLP Program FAQ's

What is the Fusion Landscape Professional program?
The Fusion Landscape Professional program, or FLP program for short, is an industry program that provides landscape professionals with the tools and knowledge to design, install and maintain aesthetically pleasing, water efficient, low-impact landscape designs to clients. The FLP program is offered by Landscape Ontario in partnership with the Region of Peel and York Region.

What is the goal of the program?
The FLP program will engage members of the landscape industry that deal directly with residents to create opportunities for market transformation. The goal is to make water-efficient, low-impact landscape designs, that are visually appealing and interesting, the new industry standard.

What topics are included in the training program?
The FLP program includes topics such as:
  • Theory and municipal strategies;
  • The science behind Fusion landscaping;
  • Selling Fusion landscapes;
  • Site inventory, analysis and planning Fusion landscapes;
  • Designing, constructing and maintaining Fusion landscapes;
  • Setting yourself up for success with Fusion landscapes.
What is required to participate?
To be eligible for the FLP program the participant/participant’s company must:
  • Service residential properties in the Region of Peel and/or York Region;
  • Be willing to enter into an agreement with either and/or both of the participating regions;
  • Be willing to provide feedback to the Region of Peel, York Region and Landscape Ontario. Participants will be required to complete surveys to gauge the program’s success.
Who can become FLP certified?
The FLP program builds upon concepts taught in the Certified Landscape Designer (CLD) certification program. To be eligible for the FLP program, the applicant must have one of the following:
  • Landscape Industry Certified Designer (CLD) designation or College/University equivalent
  • Landscape Industry Certified Manager (CLM) designation or College/University equivalent
  • Landscape Industry Certified Technician (CLT) designation or College/University equivalent
  • At least six years of pertinent landscape design/construction/maintenance experience (1-4 years must be post-secondary related education)
How many individuals can my company send to the FLP training program?
Up to three individuals from a company are able to participate, however, at this time we are only accepting one individual from each sector per company.  For example, a company would be able to send one individual from their design team, one from their construction team and one from their maintenance team. Companies that specialize in one sector, are only able to send one individual for the 2018 training.

What do I have to do to participate?
To participate, applicants must submit a completed online application form. Please submit one application per company (1-3 applicants). Don’t delay, as space is limited.

Is there a cost to participate in the FLP training and certification program?
No, there is no cost to the participate for the 2018 FLP training program. The cost of the program is being subsidized by the Region of Peel and York Region at this time.

Once approved for the program, what information do I need to provide?
Upon receiving confirmation that your company has been approved for the FLP program, you will be required to send a copy of the following to hold your spot in the program:
  • Proof of WSIB Certificate of Clearance;
  • Proof of Auto Insurance;
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance with Errors and Omissions/Professional Liability.
How do I prepare for the FLP training and certification program?
Once approved, participants will be provided unique access codes to the online FLP Program Resource website. Prior to the the training seminar, it will be important for all participants to have read the Fusion Landscape Professional Study Manual, which can be downloaded from the resource website at no cost. The seminar will build on topics discussed in the manual.  Other suggested readings are the Canadian Landscape Standard (CLS) and the Certified Landscape Designer (CLD) manual.

What is the time commitment to become FLP certified?
The FLP program takes a total of 2.5 days to complete:
  • The training program is completed in two full days;
  • The written test will be completed in a half day.
However, please consider the time required to prepare for the training seminar, and to study for the written test.

Is there a recertification process for the FLP certification program?
Yes, there will be a recertification process that will follow the same structure as other certification programs. As a FLP, you will be required to submit Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to maintain your designation.

Is this training and certification program recognized?
The FLP certification program has been developed by LO under the same standards as existing certification programs, that are recognized by the industry and municipal partners.

What steps need to be completed in order to become FLP certified?
You will need to attend the two-day training seminar, achieve a minimum of 70% on all of the written test modules, and submit a portfolio for validation. The portfolio you submit for validation can be a past project that includes Fusion elements, or it can be completed after the training. Note: you will not become FLP certified until a portfolio has been submitted and accepted for validation.

Why should I participate in the program?
Whether you are looking to grow your business, develop your own skill set, address municipal requirements or simply keep up with the latest landscape trends and best practices, becoming a FLP will help you to meet your goals. As a FLP you will be able to diversify the services your business offers, generate a new revenue stream and stay on trend with the wants and needs of your clients.

When and where will the FLP training and certification program take place?
The next FLP training seminar will be taking place Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at the Landscape Ontario office (7856 Fifth Line S, Milton). The written test will be completed the following week at the same location.

What if these dates do not work for my firm?
If these dates do not work for your company, please contact fusion@landscapeontario.com to indicate when you are available for training. We will do our best to meet the needs of the industry. In addition, visit this website for future program dates.

When is the deadline to apply for the 2018 Fusion Landscape Professional program?
The deadline to apply for the Fusion Landscape Professional program is Friday, January 26th, 2018 at noon.
 
For further information, please contact:

Cassandra Wiesner
Environmental Program Coordinator
Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association
Email: fusion@landscapeontario.com
Phone: 1-800-265-5656, ext. 2397
 

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