Dig deeper into green industry subjects.

Half-day and full-day workshops offer in-depth exploration of green industry topics as well as many certification opportunities.

Workshop A: Advanced Residential Paver Technician (ARPT) Certification Course

Instructor: Andrew Harris, Belgard
January 15: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
January 16: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Advanced Residential Paver Technician (ARPT) Course provides classroom based training in residential paver installations and covers some of the hottest topics in outdoor living space design and construction, specifically specialty applications such as raised and multi-level patios, fireplaces, fire pits, grills, outdoor kitchens, pool decks and permeable interlocking concrete pavement. It is recommended (but not required) that participants have completed the ICPI Concrete Paver Installer Course prior to attending this two-day course. A Residential Paver Technician designation can be earned by meeting additional requirements. There are 13 CE Credits offered by this course.

Workshop B: The Ripple Effect — How to Get and Keep You Employees Engaged

Instructor: Jack Klemeyer, Grow Your Business Coaching
January 15: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

To get people moving, all together, and in the same direction, you have to understand human behavior and motivation. In this popular workshop session from the Secrets of Successful Motivation and Engagement series, participants will get all the tools they need to understand and implement a cogent strategy to build unstoppable momentum with fully engaged team players. Included in the session are strategies and tactics that provide the basis of your leadership skills and how to effectively build a dynamic team.

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Workshop C: Managing Difficult Weeds in Turf and the Landscape

Instructors: Aaron Patton and Kyle Daniel, Purdue University
January 15: 1:00 – 4:00 pm  •  CCH = 3a:1.0, 3b:3.0, 6:3.0, RT:3.0

This workshop will cover, in depth, the effective management of eight difficult to control weeds common in turf and landscape. We will cover their identification, biology, and their cultural and chemical control. Weeds covered will include: bermudagrass, Canada thistle, crabgrass, ground ivy, scouringrush, field horsetail, wild violet, and yellow nutsedge. This workshop will help you better understand how to develop a strategy to control these weeds. Participants will receive a copy of the newly revised 2018 edition of “Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals” full of color pictures covering the identification of 118 weed species.

Workshop D: Indiana Accredited Horticulturist (IAH) Review and Exam

Instructor: Jim Messmer, Vincennes University, retired
January 15: 1:00 – 5:00 pm  •  CCH = 3a:1.0, RT:1.0
    1:00 – 3:00 pm: IAH Review (additional fee)
    3:00 – 5:00 pm: IAH Exam

As an educator and experienced IAH facilitator, Jim will aid you in preparing for the afternoon exam. There will be ample time for questions and individual attention. The review is also a great refresher for those already certified — earn IAH CEUs by attending. Contact the INLA (800-443-7336) for program materials which are an additional fee.

Workshop E: Effectively Utilizing Computer Software in Landscape Designs

Instructor: David Barbarash, Purdue University
January 15: 1:00 – 4:00 pm 

Are you losing sales based on your landscape design proposals? How would you like to increase your closing rate? With the multitude of landscape design software available, it can be a daunting task to determine the most effective method to present proposals to your clients. This workshop will allow the attendees to become familiar with available software and ask questions to an expert in landscape design software. This class is for novice and experts alike. Be sure to bring your laptop to the workshop so that you can actively participate with the discussions. 

Workshop F: Profitable Insect Control in Lawns and Landscapes

Instructors: Doug Richmond, Purdue University and Chris Williamson, University of Wisconsin
January 15: 1:00 – 4:00 pm  •  CCH = 2:3.0, 3a:3.0, 3b:3.0, RT:3.0

This workshop will provide an overview of the most common insect pests of turf and popular ornamental plants. It will focus on detection, identification, and the development of reliable, cost effective pest management programs. Participants will share their ideas, receive feedback and work to improve their pest management operations.

Workshop G: Pesticide Applicator Training (CORE)

Instructor: Fred Whitford, Office of Indiana State Chemist and Leo Reed, Purdue University
January 16: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Passing the CORE examination is the first step in becoming certified to apply pesticides in Indiana. Exam covers pesticide formulations, applicator safety, environmental protection, label comprehension and laws pertaining to pesticide use. This exam is required to become a registered technician (RT) or for anyone who applies restricted use pesticides on their own farm property (PARP). All registrations handled through The Extension Store, 765-494-6794. Registration: $60. Training manual: $30.

Workshop H: Segmental Retaining Walls Installer Course – Level I/Basic

Instructor: Austin Keay, Oberfields
January 17: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The one-day Segmental Retaining Wall (SRW) Installer Course teaches installers fundamental SRW installation guidelines, material and system component properties, soils and compaction, the effect of water, and site practices. The Certified SRW Installer (CSRWI) Program is also available to each candidate who completes the SRW Installer Course (or equivalent SRW-installation-related education) and passes a written examination is certified as a Certified SRW Installer (CSRWI). This credential is highly valued by consumers.

Workshop I: Basic Turf Training

Instructors: Quincy Law, Kevin Jackson, and Glenn Hardebeck, Purdue University
January 17: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm  •  CCH = 3b:5.0, RT:4.0

A workshop designed for beginners in turf or for more experienced professionals who want a review on the basic foundations of turfgrass management. This workshop will cover the basics on plant growth, turfgrass establishment and cultural practices in the morning, and pest management and pesticide safety in the afternoon. A great workshop for the whole staff!