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The voice of Nova Scotia's Landscape & Horticultural Industry

The voice of Nova Scotia's Landscape & Horticultural Industry

The voice of Nova Scotia's Landscape & Horticultural IndustryThe voice of Nova Scotia's Landscape & Horticultural Industry


 There are many opportunities to upgrade your landscaping skills. There are different pathways:

Landscape Industry Certification - The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) Certification Committee has worked to align industry certification programs with national standards and give them more credibility both within and outside of our industry. For those working in the industry who want to validate their skills by becoming Landscape Industry Certified we can help make that happen. The CNLA Landscape Industry Certification Program is currently in the process of revamping their certification program, please see information below.

In 2008 the  Landscape Horticulture became the 50th Red Seal Trade across Canada. Your provincial and federal association worked to make that happen.  

Pesticide Applicator Technology workshop

Extended Learning wishes to inform you of an upcoming Pesticide Applicator Technology course for landscapers. This course will be held on February 27th, 8:30am – 3:30pm, on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, Haley Institute, Room 254.   

**Please note – this course can be attended by anyone who currently holds a Pesticide Applicator License in landscaping.** 

Course Description:

Improve your knowledge and skill in the application of pesticides with an emphasis on the equipment and chemicals used in landscaping. Registration fee for this course is $100. 

Eligible course participants will be awarded 6.0 continuing education points (CEP) in the Nova Scotia Pesticide Continuing Education Program, with the following category breakdown:

- 1.0 pts for Application technology

- 1.0 pts for Regulations

- 3.0 pts for Environment

- 1.0 pts for Professionalism

What You Will Learn 

  • Calculations and calibration procedures
  • Application and calibration techniques with landscape equipment
  • Resistance
  • New product registrations
  • Stewardship
  • Diagnosis


To acquire points, participants need to have a current Pesticide Applicator License. Must be presented the morning of the course.   

Online registration

To register yourself for this course, please use the following link:


If you have any questions, or need assistance in registering, please do not hesitate to contact extended.learning@dal.ca, or phone 902-893-6666. 

LAndscape Industry Certification

  The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) is revamping landscape certification in Canada.

As the administering body, CNLA will manage this transition and pursue administration of the new certification following usual high standards. The new program will be:

  • Canadian-owned and controlled
  • Aligned with Red Seal Occupational Standards; and
  • Streamlined to be more convenient and accessible

If you were certified in Canada and maintained your certification, you will automatically be grandfathered into the new program. If your certification has lapsed, re-certify now to avoid taking the test under the new program to regain your status. To re-certify, you will need to submit 24 continuing education units (CEUs) earned in the last two years.

If you are currently working toward your Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) designation, I encourage you to take advantage of 2019 testing opportunities as follows:

  • ARCC: November 1 & 2, 2019

Provincial nursery and landscape associations will continue to provide regular written exams for candidates interested in the lawn care technician, certified manager and designer designations.

The new certification program will be launched in the beginning of 2020.


  • Earning your certification and maintaining it through recertification builds a critical mass of certified landscape practitioners crucial for increasing public recognition towards our profession. 
  • Many credible accreditation programs include recertification (e.g. health care, accountants, lawyers, arborists, landscape architects, etc.).
  • Keeping current with emerging information and technology is especially important in an ever-evolving industry like ours.
  • Recertification fees are directly invested back into certification and go towards promoting and revising the program.

We count on your support as we take this giant step towards empowering landscape industry professionals in Canada.

If you have questions or need assistance with exam registration or recertification, contact the Professional Development department at CNLA; certification@cnla-acpp.ca, 1-888-446-3499 ext. 8620 or visit https://cnla.ca/learn/landscape-industry-certified 


Landscape Horticulturist Red Seal

 Landscape horticulturists survey and assess landscape, draw sketches and interpret plans. They construct and maintain gardens, parks, golf courses and other landscape environments. In addition, they advise clients on issues related to horticulture and landscape construction. Landscape horticulturists also propagate, cultivate and study plants, and treat injured and diseased trees and plants.  For more information follow this  link ...  http://www.red-seal.ca/trades/l.1ndsc.1p.2-eng.html#wb-cont