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Continuing Education

The NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care is the first step in organic training. The program is built on the expectation that land care professionals will continue to grow and develop their knowledge of the field as they continue in their careers. Continuing education is built into the process, with the requirement that AOLCPs attain at least four hours of continuing education credits every year.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) FAQ

OLC Events for AOLCPs

Certifications, Webinars, and More

Visit this section for up-to-date information about the OLC Program's online and in-person advanced workshops, presentations, and field days for 2024/2025. AOLCPs often attend free (or may receive registration discounts) and have priority registration. Non-AOLCPs may register to attend if space permits.

Check back or join our monthly mailing list for updates.

Coming later this year:

  • Site visit to a meadow installation on the Cape
  • Reducing waste in your landscaping work
  • New topics in arboriculture
  • Hands-on tree care workshops 
  • Native plants and ecotypes

All OLC-sponsored and run courses count toward your continuing education requirement, including courses and lectures in the OLC Archive.

If you are an expert interested in reaching the OLC audience, or if you are an AOLCP with an idea for a presenter or topic, please contact us!

Compost Tea Workshop - July 20

Join CT NOFA on July 20 in Ridgefield, CT as we explore how to make compost tea for various applications, and what that looks like under the microscope. Compost tea is produced by actively aerating compost in water with added amendments. Beneficial microbes from the compost consume the amendments, multiply by the billions, and in 24 hours, the finished compost tea can be applied to offer plant-available nutrients directly to the leaves and roots of plants.

We’ll brew various recipes, from home-brewed tea in a 5-gallon bucket, to a 50-gallon large scale brew for farms, then apply the tea using various methods.

This workshop is part of a CT NOFA educational series and is open to the public on a first-come-first-serve registration basis. AOLCPs can earn 3 CEUs and attend the course for only $20. Email us to receive the discount code before registering.

Partner Continuing Education

Partner organizations that offer pre-approved CEUs for their courses and events can be found below. Please visit their websites to see what courses and events are currently being offered. Pre-approved courses and events will generally show CEUs awarded for NOFA, NOFA OLC, or AOLCP.

Many other events and courses that are not pre-approved for CEUs are still suitable for AOLCP CEUs. Look to your local, state and national nursery and landscape professional associations; botanical gardens; community colleges and other institutions of higher learning; master gardener programs; etc.

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Ecological Landscape Alliance

Since its founding in 1992, the Ecological Landscape Alliance has been a leader in promoting sustainable approaches to landscape design, construction, and management. ELA’s commitment to innovative ideas and evidence-based practices has made the organization both a trusted resource and a vibrant community of landscape professionals and devoted gardeners.

NDAL

New Directions in the American Landscape

New Directions in the American Landscape (NDAL) is an educational organization dedicated to the art, culture, and science of ecology-based landscape design and practice. NDAL has been a pioneering influence in this field since 1990, and continues to educate landscape architects, landscape designers, horticulturists, and the gardening public.

MtCuba

Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba's certificate classes are open to everyone, from beginners to experts. You can choose to complete all classes to earn a certificate, or take only the classes that interest you. Students seeking certification must pass an evaluation after each class.

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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The mission of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature through horticulture, education, and research.