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Our workshops offer an opportunity to delve into timely topics as well as to earn certifications.


Workshop A: Concrete Paver Installer Certification Course (two-day course)

Instructors: Rick Bischoff and Andrew Kufen, Techo-Bloc

Wednesday, January 9: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 10: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

For contractors involved in residential and commercial installation of interlocking concrete pavements, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) Concrete Paver Installer Certification is THE industry recognized program for the professionals committed to industry guidelines for segmental concrete pavement installation. This two-day course equips individuals currently employed in the concrete paver installer industry with training and tools to properly install interlocking concrete paving systems. |In addition, participants have the opportunity to pursue certification at the end of the workshop, as well as potential industry recognition in the future.



WORKSHOP B: Mental Health First Aid   *** CANCELLED ***

Wednesady, January 9: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 10: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Instructors: Jane Horner and Marcia Parcell, Purdue University

Mental Health First Aid will educate on signs and symptoms of a variety of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, substance use, suicide, and trauma. Participants will learn how to assist those in need during specific situations in an attempt to get an individual appropriate help from a health professional. This workshop may be of particular interest for those looking for ways to better support employees and co-workers. It may also help when navigating challenging circumstances taking place in one’s own life or among family and friends. The class is limited to 30 participants. A minimum of 12 registrations is required for the workshop to be held.



Workshop C: Developing Weed Control Programs for Turf & Landscape Areas

Wednesday, January 9: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Instructors: Aaron Patton and Kyle Daniel, Purdue University

CCH = 3a: 3.0, 3b: 3.0, 6: 3.0, RT:3.0

A common question that we get is why didn’t the herbicide work and kill the weed? This workshop will help you better understand the biology of common turf and landscape weeds and how to improve your weed control by better understanding herbicide activity. Proper application timing, herbicide mode of action, surfactants, formulations, spray volume, antagonism, and much more will be discussed. We will create and analyze weed control programs together as a group in order to help you understand the fundamentals for building successful weed control programs. Participants will receive a copy of the newly revised 2019 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

Wednesday, January 9: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
– IAH Review (additional fee): 1:00 – 3:00 pm
– IAH Exam: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Instructor: Jim Messmer, Vincennes University, retired

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: Diagnostic Challenges: Is My Tree Dying and Why?

Wednesday, January 9: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Instructors: Tom Creswell, Rosie Lerner, and Cliff Sadof, Purdue University

CCH = 2:3.0, 3a:3.0, RT:3.0

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn the steps in problem diagnosis, including tips for proper identification of the host as well as key symptoms and signs to help identify specific plant diseases. Identifying disease problems in trees and shrubs can be a daunting task. There are many look-alike problems and expression of symptoms is a dynamic process — with symptoms changing in appearance over time. This interactive session will provide an overview of a stepwise approach to problem solving. Hands-on diagnosis of samples will put into practice the diagnostic process. This hands-on workshop will conclude with a review of the samples, emphasizing the importance of proper plant identification and recognition of common insects and diseases for accurate diagnosis of problems on trees and shrubs.



Workshop F: Pesticide Applicator Training (CORE) NO EXAM   *** CANCELLED ***

Thursday, January 10: 8:30 am – 3:15 pm

Instructors: Fred Whitford and Cheri Janssen, Purdue University and Joe Becovitz, Office of Indiana State Chemist

A step in becoming a certified Pesticide applicator in Indiana is to pass the CORE examination. This workshop covers pesticide laws, pesticide formulations, applicator safety, environmental protection, label comprehension and laws pertaining to pesticide use. This workshop prepares attendees to take the CORE exam. NO Exam will be given at the workshop.  You will schedule your own exam time on a separate date. At the workshop, attendees will be informed on where to take the exam. Passing the core exam is required to become a registered technician (RT) or for anyone who applies restricted use pesticides on their own farm property (private applicator). A minimum of 20 registrations is required for the workshop to be held.



Workshop G: Pesticide Applicator Training (Category 3b Turf Management) NO EXAM

Friday, January 11: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Instructors: Fred Whitford, Aaron Patton, Glenn Hardebeck, Doug Richmond, Cheri Janssen, Joe Becovitz, Purdue University and Office of the Indiana State Chemist

The second part in becoming certified to apply pesticides to turf in Indiana is to pass the 3b examination. This workshop covers the management of turf and its pests (weeds, insect, disease) as well as a review of pesticide laws and mathematics. This workshop prepares attendees for the 3b exam. NO Exam will be given at the workshop.  You will schedule your own exam time on a separate date. At the workshop, attendees will be informed on where to take the exam. The 3b exam is required for commercial applicators (for hire, not for hire and government employees) and businesses using pesticides (weed killers, insecticides, fungicides, etc.) or fertilizers on turf (lawns, golf courses and athletic fields). A minimum of 20 registrations is required for the workshop to be held.