- Being a member of a landscaping organization generally
only requires that the company pay a fee to belong.
While it’s certainly important for a company to
align itself with other trade professionals, it doesn’t
necessarily mean that the company is certified by
an outside organization for its services.
Landscape certifications indicate that a contractor has
successfully completed training in various aspects
of the trade. Some certifications are manufacturer
specific and pertain only to that particular product while
others are industry driven organization like
International Concrete Paving Institute (ICPI).
ICPI training certifies that a
contractor can install brick/paver walkways
according to strict industry standards. This ensures the
sustained structural integrity of your
Trade specific certifications are also
offered from state universities and extension services. Some
examples are the New Hampshire Certified Arborist
exam and the New Hampshire Certified Landscape Professional
Licenses – There are no licenses required in the
landscaping trade with the exception of pesticide applications.
Licensing requirements could affect the areas of
irrigation and lighting in the future.
Codes – There are code
requirements for pools, playgrounds, entry stairs and in some
cases, retaining walls. Additional codes could be
mandated so be sure to check with your town or city building
inspector if you have any questions or concerns.