STUDENT WORKSHOPS

These workshops are provided as an additional educational experience for students and faculty. Students can earn points towards their CDS certificate by attending a combination of morning and afternoon sessions.

Registration is $15 per person and includes lunch. Workshops run independently of the competitive events, and participation in these workshops is not required to compete in the events. Participation is limited due to space constraints, please register early.

Workshop Schedule


8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Student Workshops - (3 Hour AM Sessions)
Arboriculture Part 1
Hardscape Installation
Irrigation 101: Irrigation Hands-on
Irrigation 201: Principles of Design
Landscape Lighting
Truck and Trailer
Woody Ornamental Plant ID

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Student Workshops (1.25 Hours - Session 1)
Construction Cost Estimating
Environmental Sustainability
Powering your Investment, Productivity and Profitability
Sales Presentation
Skid Steer Operation
Small Engine Repair

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Student Workshops - (1.25 Hours - Session 2)
Construction Cost Estimating
Environmental Sustainability
Powering your Investment, Productivity and Profitability
Sales Presentation
Skid Steer Operation
Small Engine Repair

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Student Workshops - (3 Hour PM Sessions)
Arboriculture Part 2
Computer Aided Landscape Design
Hardscape Installation
Irrigation 101: Irrigation Hands-on
Irrigation 201: Principles of Design
Landscape Lighting
Plant Problem Diagnosis
Truck and Trailer

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Student Workshops - (1.25 Hours - Session 3)
Compact Excavator Operation
Green Roofs
Maintenance Cost Estimating
Skid Steer Operation
Snow & Ice Management

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Student Workshops - (1.25 Hours - Session 4)
Compact Excavator Operation
Green Roofs
Maintenance Cost Estimating
Skid Steer Operation
Snow & Ice Management

Workshop Topics

Arboriculture Workshop
Sponsored by ArborMaster Training and Husqvarna

The Arboriculture Workshop will be a continuing program from the morning session to the afternoon session. There is no limit to the number of students/faculty that may participate per school or per session. Students that are interested in climbing during this workshop must attend both sessions and bring their own climbing gear (saddles and climbing lines) and personal protective equipment (hard hat, goggles, gloves, etc.) and wear appropriate climbing shoes and attire.

Irrigation I & II Workshops
Sponsored by Hunter Industries and American Society of Irrigation Consultants

Irrigation 101; Irrigation Hands-on, 8:30 – 11:30; repeat in the afternoon, 1:30 – 4:30

  • 3 groups, with 45 minutes per each session 
    • Indoor Product Instruction – Product ID, installation techniques and some basic troubleshooting
    • Outside Installation Demonstration – How to read a plan, a legend, and install the components. Groups of two
    • Outside Troubleshooting – Basic and intermediate troubleshooting of electrical, valves and hydraulics

Irrigation 201; Principles of Design, 8:30 – 11:30; repeat in the afternoon, 1:30 – 4:30

  • Principles of design to include basic hydraulics, layouts of zones, pipe sizing, and product selection

Landscape Lighting Workshop
Sponsored by FX Luminaire

8:30-11:30 am; repeat in the afternoon, 1:00-4:00 pm

During this workshop, we will be exploring many avenues in landscape lighting. A few, but not all, include the following:

  • Electrical -terms, Ohms Law, voltage drop calculations
  • Products - Transformers and Fixture selection
  • Installation “hands-on”- wire selection, wire splices, wiring techniques, fixture placement, transformer installation and timing mechanisms
  • Design - basic design description with “do’s and don’ts”
  • Maintenance - maintaining a lighting system
  • Value to the property “Why Lighting”

Because of the content of this workshop, class size will be limited to 25 attendees. First come, first served!

Truck and Trailer Workshops

8:30-11:30 am; repeat in the afternoon, 1:00-4:00 pm

General introduction of the safe operation of a truck and trailer, securing trailer loads, commercial zero turn mower operation and a generic intro into DOT rules and regulations. Personal safety will also be reviewed pertaining to personal protective wear such as ear plugs, eyewear, clothing, gloves, skin protectant, etc. Fun and engaging opportunity within a classroom and hands on field training.

Sales Presentation Workshop

8:30-9:45 am; 10:00-11:15 am

In this workshop students will be introduced to the sales cycle with a strong focus on how to listen by asking the right questions. While presenting a formal sales process, JW Washington—Director of Business Development, Ariens Company, shares 19+ years of sales management dos and don’ts providing attendees a usable road map from prospect to a successfully closed sale. Learning is fast paced for the student and focuses on immediately applicable core competencies with learnings for continued long term development.

Construction Cost Estimating Workshop
Sponsored by Environmental Management, Inc.

8:30-9:45 am; 10:00-11:15 am

During this workshop, we will be exploring many avenues in landscape lighting. A few, but not all, include the following:

Review of general Techniquest to understand how to cost estimate.

  • Basic Plan Review- understanding plans/how to read a plan (plan review/PowerPoint)
  • Basics of Estimating- quantity take offs/formulas/general procedures (exercise to be handed out)
  • Conversion of information and assigning costs (exercise to be handed out)

*Students will need to bring an architects and engineer’s scale and calculator

Maintenance Estimating Workshop
Sponsored by LandCare.

1:00-2:15 pm; 2:30-3:45 pm

During this workshop, we will be exploring many avenues in landscape lighting. A few, but not all, include the following:

During the 75 minute workshop, offered twice, we will be discussing in depth the following aspects of estimating maintenance contracts:

  • Quantitative measurements
  • Use of measuring software GoiLawn
  • Production factors
  • Direct cost, Indirect cost and Profit
  • Discovery with client
  • Production reviews
  • Use of estimating software Aspire

Green Roofs: Taking the Landscape to the Roof

1:00-2:15 pm; 2:30-3:45 pm

Green roofs can provide numerous environmental and economic benefits to an individual building owner, its inhabitants, and to the community at large. Learn about the various types of green roofs, how they are constructed, what plant species are suitable, how green roofs impact the environment, and how all of these factors influence ongoing maintenance.

Hardscape Installation Workshop

8:30-11:30 am; repeat in the afternoon, 1:00-4:00 pm

The classroom will introduce students to the hardscape industry including the history of interlocking pavers and retaining walls. Also, the components involved in creating a long lasting project, things to consider when looking to start a hardscape business and a brief overview on construction of walls and pavers. The outdoor portion will focus on demonstrating some of the tips for installation of walls and pavers as well as some good construction techniques.

Plant Problem Diagnosis

1:00-4:00 pm

Spots, Rots, and Knots, Oh My! –How to diagnose plant disease, insect, and abiotic problems

Limited to 30 students. First come, first served

Skid Steer Operation .

8:30-9:45 am; 10:00-11:15 am; 1:00-2:15 pm; 2:30-3:45 pm

The Skid Steer Operation workshop will introduce and expand upon student/faculty current knowledge of this type of equipment within the industry.

During this workshop, we will discuss the follow topics:

  • Basic machine applications and usage
  • What makes a skid steer loader a "Swiss Army knife" within the industry
  • How to maximize machine utilization
  • Overview of available solutions, in terms of machine size and attachments
  • Understanding how to select the appropriate machine and tool

Snow & Ice Management: When Green Turns to White

1:00-2:15 pm; 2:30-3:45 pm

When you become a landscape professional working in snow belt regions of the country, the logistics of performing snow and ice management services are sometimes more challenging than performing landscape services. Take a 360-degree tour through the 12 months of planning a performing winter management services, and how they incorporate into a typical landscape business.