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Memberships versus Certifications

Memberships - 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.

Certifications - 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 walkway.

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 (NHCLP).
– 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.


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