H.I.L.A. Training Courses

ETF Funds Available 2018!

Employment Training Funds are available in 2018.
Who Qualifies:
1) Employers / Companies with a Federal ID# who want to register employees for an LICH Training Class or LICT Certification Exam.
2) Single person companies with a GE License
To qualify for ETF funding for a LICT Certification Test, you must take at least one LICH-LICT related class.

How to Qualify
Companies must fill out and sign an Employer Referral Agreement (click here) and submit it to the Department of Labor by mail, fax or email two weeks before the class or test to which they are sending employees.
After getting notice that you qualify for ETF Funding, THEN send in the class registration form clearly marked ETF Registration (see below). Your class registration fee will be at half price.

1. Landscape Maintenance Training Program (LMT) for Gardeners, Commercial Landscapers and those preparing for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician Exam.

HILA, in collaboration with the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, offers an annual 10-week Landscape Maintenance Training (LMT) program. This popular series is geared for landscape maintenance gardeners new to the field, those already in the field but desiring more technical knowledge, as well as experienced landscapers preparing for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) Testing Program.

The LMT, a broad-based  training, provides a good foundation for all landscape gardeners, including home gardeners.  Topics included in the three-hour workshops are Basic Botany, Tropical Plant ID and Selection (over 100 species), Plant & Soil Health, Turf Care, Irrigation Basics, Pesticide Safety and more.The Landscape Training Manual for Maintenance Technicians will be included in the class fees and provided for every student.

The 2018 LMT Schedule: Click here

2018 LMT Class Registration Form click here

2018 LMT ETF Class Registration Form click here

Here you can download the form to apply for ETF Funding

2. Kona  Irrigation School 2018 / Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th

LICH will be offering an Irrigation School in Kona in 2018. Taught by Lynnett Tohara, Diamond Sprinklers and Farm Supply. The two day class offers a short course in Irrigation Design and Troubleshooting. This course will be very useful in preparing for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Irrigation test which will be offered this year in Kona and will give students a well rounded understanding of Irrigation design, hydraulics, electrical troubleshooting and more. The PLANET Landscape Training Manual for Irrigation Technicians is provided for all attendees of the Irrigation School. Employment Training Funds are also available for the Irrigation School. Remember to get ETF Approval before registering; both ETF and non-ETF registration forms are available below.

Kona Irrigation School Registration Form, click here
Kona Irrigation School ETF Registration Form,  click here

Here you can download the form to apply for ETF Funding


3. LICT Test Prep Intensive / Offered by the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii

LICH assists landscape gardeners preparing for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician test by providing a one-day test preparation workshop. This training (TPI) is an intensive full-day class specifically focused on helping candidates review and prepare for the certification tests. The TPI is a great way to get a feel of the LICT test prior to the official all-day field test. The class costs $20.00 and can be paid for when registering for the LICT Test.

Self Study

NALP (The National Association of Landscape Professionals, (formerly PLANET) offers three excellent Training Manuals, one each for Maintenance, Irrigation or Installation. To download a Training Manual Order Form, click here.and follow the instructions on the form to order your Training Manual(s). You can also go to the LICH web site and submit your Order Form on line: click here.


For more information and to register for any of these workshops contact Ty at or 322-4884.

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