Lawn Care & Landscaping Events & Education

Our unparalleled educational platform provides members with invaluable access to the best ideas and practices in the industry. We are committed to helping you achieve business success with best-in-class learning and development opportunities.

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Business Education

Upcoming Webinars
Learn virtually in the comfort of your home or office - no travel required! Our webinars make it easy to get the educational topics you want, when you want them. Participants earn CEUs toward Landscape Industry Certified recertification.

Education from Coast to Coast
Educational events will be held in 11 different cities throughout 2018. You’ll find workshops designed for crew leaders, account managers, sales staff, and HR

LANDSCAPES 2018
Louisville, Kentucky | October 17-19, 2018
This is the largest and most highly anticipated landscape and lawn care industry educational and networking experience of the year. Held in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO and Hardscapes North America trade shows which host nearly 750 indoor and outdoor exhibits, we present over 40 educational sessions featuring the industry’s frontrunners and most successful entrepreneurs, and other leading business experts. We focus on topics that address your most pressing concerns, emerging trends, and strategic solutions to common (and uncommon) business questions. This is an unparalleled opportunity for your entire staff to be inspired, increase knowledge, build new relationships, and achieve business success.

Leaders Forum
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic | January 25–27, 2018
Connect with some of the biggest names in the landscape industry at this annual destination meeting. Entrepreneurs, owners, managers, and industry experts from all company sizes escape the daily grind for three days of insightful presentations and inspiring discussions about topics affecting all landscape industry businesses. We’ve added a healthy dose of fun (and family-friendly) activities to allow you to share knowledge and ideas, boost your confidence, raise your profile, and create opportunities for bigger success.

NALP Leadership Academy
Cornell University - Ithaca, NY | September 16-19, 2018
This Cornell certificate program provides participants with the skills, insight, and know-how to effectively lead their businesses in today's complex and changing industry. As financial, regulatory, and quality pressures mount for lawn and landscape companies, chief executives, as well as vice principals, and emerging executives, should consider The Academy's program as a key element of their organizational development and workforce planning for leadership.

National Collegiate Landscape Competition
Alamance Community College | March 14 - 17, 2018
This is an annual event for horticulture and landscape students to showcase their skills to and meet potential employers through competitive events, a career fair, and networking opportunities.

Peer-to-Peer Education

Peer Groups
Peer groups are strategic, trusting alliances of non-competitive company leaders who share knowledge, skills, strategies and best practices in a confidential setting. No conflicts of interest, no hidden agendas—just creative problem solving, issue resolution, and management innovation. Our peer groups are facilitated by industry experts from Bruce Wilson & Company, who have the experience necessary to successfully engage peer group members, building trust and creating lasting relationships. Participation in a peer group can lead you to discover new ideas, receive constructive feedback, improve your leadership and management skills, and grow your business in ways you never imagined.

Trailblazers Peer Mentor Program
Available only to members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals
Our Trailblazer program matches you with an expert that has a proven record of success, and who will guide you through solutions to your business dilemmas. You’ll gain new knowledge that has been tried and tested, helping you to build your business and achieve long-term success. You and your Trailblazer will take a deep dive into your business, uncovering opportunities for greater profitability, eliminating wasteful practices, and focusing on strategic planning, people planning and SWOT analysis. You’ll learn years worth of material in just one day! Need an immediate answer from an industry expert? The Trailblazers on Call program allows you to email your question and receive an answer within 72 hours. Quick, easy, and convenient.

Professional Advisers
Available only to members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals
Our team of advisers offers free legal, human resources, safety, government affairs, and public relations guidance and advice. Be confident you can quickly get the answers to questions that will make you a better business manager from a trusted resource.

Self-Study & Online Education

Certification
Choose from seven certification programs to earn the distinguished Landscape Industry Certified status. Business and technical, exterior and interior—the National Association of Landscape Professionals certification programs are self-study, self-paced for your busy schedule. Member and group discounts are available.

Lawn Care Online Training
Study the Principles of Turfgrass Management at your convenience on your computer. From customer communications to thatch cause and control, this course is broad-based for any climate, and in demand by landscape and lawn care companies, supplier companies, as well as parks and schools.

Publications

Our online bookstore gives you convenient access to the industry resources that can help you build knowledge and study for the Landscape Industry Certification exams. From finance to marketing to landscape technician training to turfgrass disease identification, we offer the topics most relevant to you and your employees.

Videos
Online how-to training videos demonstrate the proper procedures and techniques to perform common tasks. From learning how to aerate turf to maintaining equipment, these videos show step-by-step instructions for the visual learner.

Webinars
Learn virtually in the comfort of your home or office—no travel required! Our webinars make it easy to get the educational topics you want, when you want them. Recorded and archived, access our library of education on demand and earn CEUs toward Landscape Industry Certified recertification too. Over 30 presentations a year, over 150 presentations archived, and free for members!

Service & Advocacy

Renewal & Remembrance
Members reaffirm their pride and patriotism by dedicating manpower and equipment to enhance the beauty of Arlington National Cemetery during Renewal & Remembrance. Each year, this event draws hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals from across the country to spend the day mulching, cabling, installing lightning protection for trees, pruning, aerating, planting, and liming more than 200 acres.

Legislative Days on the Hill
This is a three-day experience in Washington, D.C. that educates landscape industry professionals about legislative issues currently affecting our top business priorities and provides them with an opportunity to participate directly in the political process. By voicing concerns to members of Congress, our business priorities become top-of-mind priorities for lawmakers.