Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Grow your skills as a green industry professional and attend one of the excellent full-day Northern Green Master Classes on Tuesday.


Develop your skills as a green industry professional by attending one of the Northern Green Master Classes on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

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2019 Master Classes

Pesticide Recertification (Categories A, E, F or P)

This workshop meets the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commercial Pesticide Applicator Requirements for Category A (Core) and Category E (Turf and Ornamentals). Recertification for optional Categories F (Aquatics) and P (Vertebrate Pest) will also be offered as part of this workshop. Times given are approximate. Attendees agree to follow Minnesota Department of Agriculture attendance directions in order to receive recertification credit.

Licensed applicators with Categories A and E who last attended a recertification workshop in 2017, and newly-licensed pesticide applicators in 2018, must attend an MDA-approved workshop by 12/31/2019. By attending the Pesticide Recertification track and completing the on-site attendance documentation, applicators will obtain recertification credit.

For applicators to receive credit for Category F or Category P, they must attend the entire Pesticide Recertification track (Category A, E, and F or P) and complete on-site attendance documentation.


MDA has changed the way they track attendance at recertification workshops.  MDA will scan your APPLICATOR card at the beginning and end of each workshop. To ensure you receive credit for attending, PLEASE bring your applicator card with you. If you do not have your card, go to the MDA website:  http://www2.mda.state.mn.us/webapp/lis/default.jsp Search your name and print out the web version of your card and bring it with you to the workshop.

Category F and P (Choose One): 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | Categories A and E: 9:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

PLT Relicensure (DOLI Course #20180466)

This class has been approved by the Minnesota Dept. of Labor & Industry as satisfying eight hours of continuing education requirements for the Power Limited Training Licensure, including 2 hours of code and 6 hours of technical training oriented specifically toward the landscape industry.

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


NCMA Certification:  Segmental Retaining Walls Installer Course – Level I/Basic 

Instructed by Dale Buker, County Materials, an NCMA Certified instructor

This 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. Those who successfully complete the classroom training and pass a written examination become certified as a Certified SRW Installer (CSRWI).

This credential is highly valued by consumers and the program includes a wealth of valuable course information and reference material that attendees take back to work for implementation as money-saving and profit-making ideas.

8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Women in Leadership:  Grow, Inspire, Lead

Presented by Jill Blashack Strahan, Teresa Thomas, and Terri McEnaney

Women are taking the lead in many industries, including the green industry. Join us for an interactive day devoted exclusively to green industry women. Jill Blashack Strahan, speaker, author and one of the nation’s leading female entrepreneurs, will kick off the day with a motivational message about overcoming obstacles and using fear as a motivator. Teresa Thomas, speaker and networking expert, will discuss why and how to create meaningful professional connections and guide attendees through a speed-networking activity, and Terri McEnaney, Bailey Nurseries, will share her experiences and discuss work/life balance. There will also be a panel discussion with women business owners, and an opportunity to receive advice on everyday challenges from industry peers. Whether you are a veteran or new to the industry, you will leave energized and connected.

8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


SketchUp: A Workshop with Daniel Tal

Presented by Daniel Tal

This one-day technology training class is focused on SketchUp –  a 3D modeling computer program. Daniel Tal is a registered landscape architect with over 18 years of experience and a 3D modeling and visualization expert.

The class will include the following:

  • SketchUp and 3D modeling – Basic to Advanced
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; a.k.a. Drones and Landscape Architecture
  • General Technology Trends and Landscape Architecture

This training is part lecture, part hands-on. It is recommended that participants have a working knowledge of SketchUp. To participate in the SketchUp hands-on tutorials, attendees must bring their own laptop computer, a 3-button mouse, and have a current version of SketchUp installed and ready to go.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Weather and the Urban Landscape

As landscape managers, we have very little control over the impact weather has on the landscapes we manage. The weather seems to get more severe with each passing year, anything from increased rainfall rates in the summer, to extreme dryness in the fall, to the much-maligned polar vortex. The only real tool we have is to better educate ourselves on how such events impact the plants we manage. This class will discuss how turfgrass and trees react to drought, heat, and winter-related stresses. Presenters will provide ways to help manage our plants during strange and stressful weather patterns.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.