AOLCPs – please re-accredit at the first of each year using the form below.


The requirements to maintain your NOFA Accreditation in Organic Land Care is to complete 4 hours of continuing education per year and pay a re-accreditation fee of either $75 or $150 depending on your needs. You can read about the levels of accreditation here.

Each April, the NOFA Organic Land Care Program conducts an audit of continuing education hours; therefore, make sure you keep some type of proof of your attendance (ex. a receipt, this re-accreditation form, an email notification, etc.). You do not need to submit proof of your continuing education when you pay your re-accreditation fee. If your name comes up in the yearly audit, we will ask you to send confirmation.

The NOFA Accreditation Program in Organic Land Care is the only organization that offers credentials in organic landscaping based on a set of standards that are accepted by IFOAM (the International Federation for Organic Agricultural Movements). Because the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are not regulated terms in the context of landscaping, it is important for the industry to maintain a set of principles, practices, definitions, and credentials for organic land management. The NOFA Organic Land Care Program maintaines the Standards for Organic Land Care and the NOFA Accreditation Program to achieve this.

Contact Information

Please refer all of your accreditation questions to Jeremy at  jeremy(at)ctnofa.org or call us at (203) 408-6819

Reaccreditation Guidelines

NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) status is renewable on an annual basis upon submission of evidence of the required number of approved continuing education credit hours and the required fee which goes to support the OLC program.

The accreditation year follows the calendar year. Please note that our accreditation deadline always falls on the first of the year. All AOLCPs, including those who were newly accredited in this calendar year, must have proof of credits and payment postmarked by January 1, of the following year, in order to reaccredit for that year. There is a 30 day grace period before a $25 late fee is charged.

To re-accredit, the professional must provide the following postmarked by January 1st:

  1.  Evidence of 4 (four) hours of approved continuing education credits OR evidence of 2 (two) hours of teaching organic land care workshops or trainings. CEUs are self-reported and the Organic Land Care Program does an audit each April of a cross-section of AOLCPs. If your name comes up in the audit, we cross-reference your CEUs with the course coordinator of the event you attended.
  2.  A check for $75 or $150 made out to NOFA OLC.
  3.  Mail to: NOFA OLC, 358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT 06515
  4. Or reaccredit online

Reaccreditation Tiers

$75 per year for the AOLCP Supporter 

A new reduced rate for professionals who want to maintain their credentials and support our mission, but don’t need our marketing services. This category may be used by employees of a landscaping business that employs many AOLCPs, as only one person needs a business membership to maintain your online profile.

Who are you?

  • You may work for a non-profit organization and/ or as an educator
  • You may be a landscaper, but don’t need an online listing in the AOLCP Searchable Database
  • You want to continue to support the consumer education which we provide via print materials, outreach at public events, our e-newsletters, blogs, website and social media

Benefits

  • Use of the OLC logo in your online or print marketing
  • Use of the name Accredited Organic Land Care Professional or AOLCP
  • Discounts on OLC Advanced Workshops, Annual Gathering
  • Receive monthly AOLCP e-news

Responsibilities

  • Earn 4 continuing education credits each year
  • Credits may be earned for no cost by teaching a class, presenting to the community about organic land care or volunteering to table at public events and promote NOFA OLC

AOLCP Business Member $150 per year

For landscaping professionals and business owners who want marketing exposure on our website and beyond.

Who are you? 

  • You own a landscaping company or a company that sells products and services to AOLCPs
  • You want more exposure for your business, specifically getting leads from hits to our online searchable database

Benefits

  • Use of the OLC logo in your online or print marketing
  • Use of the name Accredited Organic Land Care Professional or AOLCP
  • New* Use of our advertising templates for your print and online submissions in your locality
  • New* Use of our embeddable text box for your website describing accreditation for your customers, also available as a print file
  • New for 2013* Collective advertisements in each of the seven NOFA Chapters’ Farm and Food guides, on their websites, and in their monthly newsletters; also in MOFGA and PASA
  • Discounted rate ($35 per hour) for staff to create your online profile, a professional presentation of your business
  • Discounts on OLC Advanced Workshops, and the Annual Gathering
  • Receive monthly AOLCP e-news with articles of interest

Responsibilities

  • Earn 4 continuing education credits each year
  • Credit opportunities are listed on our website, and available through NOFA OLC as advanced workshops and the Annual Gathering
  • Credits may be earned for no cost by teaching a class, presenting to the community about organic land care or volunteering to table at public events and promote NOFA OLC

Lapsed Accreditation

Within the First Year:

Professionals must pay a late fee of $25 in addition to the above requirements, making the total due $100 for a supporter AOLCP and $175 for a Business AOLCP. This payment must be submitted with a signed form with evidence of 4 approved continuing education credits. All benefits will be restored including publicity through press releases and the website and the use of the AOLCP Logo.

After One Year: Professionals must pay a late fee of $25 and acquire an additional 2 hours of approved credit, making the total due $100 and $175 for supporting AOLCPs and business AOLCPs respectively.  Payment must be submitted with a form with evidence of 6 approved continuing education credits. All benefits will be restored, including publicity in the current issue of NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care.

After Two Years: Professionals must retake the Organic Land Care Exam, given at the end of the Accreditation Course. Attending the entire course is not required. Professionals must pay a late fee of $25 and acquire an additional 2 hours of approved credit, making the total due $125 and a signed form with evidence of 6 approved continuing education credits. All benefits will be restored, including publicity in the current issue of NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care.