Certifications: Your Path to Professionalism

Jan 23 2017 - 9:30am

This seminar will highlight MNLA’s existing Certified Green Industry Professional program, as well as address exciting developments in future educational and training opportunities.  MNLA’s newly created Project PLaNT is an online training platform designed to be used by your crew members during the off-season, to gain industry certification.  We’ll explain how to leverage your credential to increase your competitive edge, sharpen your company’s image, and promote your professionalism.

Session Track: 
Landscape Design/Build


Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association

Emily Huening is the Education/Certification Director at the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association.  She holds a degree in Horticulture from Michigan State University, with a specialization in Landscape Design, Construction and Management.  Before coming to MNLA, she worked for three years as a residential landscape designer in the metro Detroit area, then held the position of Lead Horticulturist for one year.  Emily loves being outside, eating sweets, and watching MSU sports!

Double L Enterprises, Inc.

Roger DeLong is a Certified Green Industry Professional with the Michigan Certified Landscape Contractor and Michigan Certified Landscape Manager specialties. He has 15 years of experience in the Green Industry.

Rob Welch was the Program Director and Professor at Lansing Community College for 35 years, and developed four associate degree programs and wrote over 40 courses for those programs.  He has written and was a Principle Investigator for five National Science Foundation grants, including a seven million dollar AgroKnowledge Center grant.  He has written and secured numerous other grants including a State Energy grant.  During the past three years, Rob has been involved in the development and teaching of a new Sustainable Landscape Management Program for Western Michigan University (WMU) Groundskeepers, which helped WMU win a distinguished national campus award from Professional Grounds Management Association in 2015.