June 19, 2018
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 design/construction/maintenance 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 landscapes, 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
  • College/University Diploma/Degree in a landscape/horticulture program, with a minimum of 4 years industry experience
  • At least 10 years of pertinent landscape design/construction/maintenance experience
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 2018/2019 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 or 2019 FLP training programs. The cost of the program is being subsidized by the Region of Peel and York Region at this time.

What information do I need to provide to be eligible?
Once you have submitted your application, 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, 2 million required;
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance, 2 million required with Errors and Omissions/Professional Liability, 1 million required.
How do I prepare for the FLP training and certification program?
Once approved, participants will be provided access to the online 'Fusion Hub' 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 FLP Hub 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 exam 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 exam modules. 

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, November 20th and Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at Credit Valley Conservation in Mississauga. The written exam will be completed the following week.  After November, the next training will be taking place Tuesday, February 5th and Wednesday, February 6th, 2019.

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 November 2018 Fusion Landscape Professional program?
The deadline to apply for the Fusion Landscape Professional program is Friday, September 21st, 2018 at noon.

When is the deadline to apply for the February 2019 Fusion Landscape Professional program?
The deadline to apply for the Fusion Landscape Professional program is Friday, December 14th, 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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