H.I.L.A. Training Courses

HILA, in collaboration with the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, offers numerous opportunities for our members, individuals who are looking to obtain Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and the general public; to learn thru syllabus-driven coursework and/or hands-on instruction by industry professionals.  Please see the options below that can help expand your expertise and knowledge.

HILA Members receive a discount on class prices
for the HILA 2020 Membership Form: click here or check the HILA website for the new STRIPE membership enrollment form.

1. Landscape Maintenance Training Program (LMT) for Commercial Landscapers and those preparing for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician Exam (ETF may be available for this class) and Gardeners

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.

For LMT Flyer for Class information, dates, teachers and subject matter, click below:
Classes have been postponed until further notice.  Please check back for details
2020 LMT Class Registration Form: click here
2020 LMT Class Informational Flyer: click here

2. Kona Irrigation School 2020 (ETF may be available for this class)

LICH will be offering an Irrigation School in Kona in 2020. 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.
For class information, dates and other information, click link below:
Irrigation School have been postponed until further notice.  Please check back for details

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 $25.00 and can be paid for when registering for the LICT Test.

For class information, dates and other information, click link below:
LICT Test Preparation Course has been postponed until further notice.  Please check back for details

4. Continuing Education Hands-On Course Series / Offered by the Hawaii Island Landscape Association

HILA is pleased to announce the first year of the hands-on continuing education series which will be 3 hour courses.  This training is meant to provide a more hands-on approach and validation on the 3 selected course topics: Principles of Pruning, Basic Botany & Horticultural Principles and Equipment & Operation Maintenance.  Each course will be held at a different location as outlined in the Education Flyer and Enrollment Forms.  Please note that this course requires you to bring certain Tools and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

For class information, dates and other information, click link below:
2020 Continuing Education Hands-On Registration Form: Click here
2020 Continuing Education Hands-On Information Flyer: Click here

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.  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.

ETF Funds Availability Still Pending in  2020! 

When Employment Training Funds becomes available in 2020, the following applies:
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.

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

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