General Information

The GIW Portal is a free service for the Green Industry to help train employees, potential employees, and students wanting to gain certifications and licenses or the knowledge needed to improve their lives and careers.

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2016 Summer Certification Series and Other Live Classes

The Green Industry Web Portal and Partners will be offering the following 3-day industry certification classes to help your employees gain a certification, prepare for a state license exam or obtain new skills. Tuition for industry members is only $75 and NO COST for ALSDE Ag Teachers, ALDOT DBEs and City of Pelham employees, space available.

  • June 14-16: Turfgrass Management, Pelham Civic Complex, 9:00 – 3:30 each day
  • June 21-23: Integrated Pest Management, Pelham Civic Complex, 9:00 – 3:30 each day
  • June 27-29: Forestry Worker, Montgomery, 9:00 – 3:30 each day
  • July 19- 21: Landscape Design and Plant Materials, Pelham Civic Complex, 9:00 – 3:30 each day
  • July 26-28: Urban Forestry, Hoover, 9:00 – 3:30 each day

In addition to these more in depth classes, we also offer one-day classes as listed on the right side of this page. Because you asked us for it, we also will offer three classes in two days August 9 and 10 for OTPS/OTPC and D&R recertification! The classes are somewhat abbreviated, but you can gain 10 points in 1/2 day, 20 in a full day and 30 in a day and a half.

Additional highlights include our No-Cost Landscape and Urban Forestry School offered August 3rd and 4th at the PCC. Day One is a Setting of Landscape Plants Exam Study Support and Bidding and Estimating class and Day Two is an Ornamental and Turf Pest Control Exam Study Support and Recertification class.

To reserve you place in class, please contact Carrie Williams, GIW Portal Program Manager at willcae@gmail.com. Please note that many classes are already nearing capacity.

Hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery

The GIW Portal is hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery and content will be added as needed to help the industry and educators. Live training and testing may be scheduled during the year, but at this time is limited to the Appalachian Region of Alabama. Partnering sponsors, willing to supplement training costs, may schedule the training anywhere outside of Alabama's ARC Region.

Locations For Live Training

We are proud to announce that our new “brick and mortar” home is the Pelham Civic Complex and we will be offering lots of one-day classes and multi-day expos and programing over the years. The facility is beautiful and offers seating for 15-500 attendees and is a perfect location for business meetings and company educational programming. Let me know if I can help you with arranging any meeting at the PCC. We will continue to offer many live classes throughout the southeast at various locations, so stay tuned.

Accessible for study anywhere, anytime

The GIW Portal and the library of video content, links, and reproducible content will be accessible for study anytime. Live classes and "virtual office hour schedules" are being developed at this time and will be listed on the "Classes and Training" page.

Backed by many professionals, national, state and local associations, schools, colleges, and government entities

The GIW Portal has been created and will be sustained by a large group of supporters, listed on the "Sponsors and Partners" page. If you want to attend live classes, schedule a class in your area, or would like to help support the GIW efforts, please contact: GIW Educational Director, Fred Kapp: fred.kapp@giwportal.org or 205-862-2588.

August 03, 2016
Landscape and Urban Forestry Expo, PCC
8:00-4:00, NO Cost! Prepare for your Setting of Landscape Plants License Exam and learn more about Bidding and Estimating. Lunch provided and space is very limited!
August 03, 2016
State Setting of Landscape Plants Exam and Landscape Management Certification / Pelham Civic Center
On August 3rd, we will have a no-cost mini-review for the State Setting of Landscape Plants Exam and the Green Industry Web Portal's Landscape Management Certification. The class is 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Pelham Civic Complex, see http://pelhamciviccomplex.com/. You may begin to take the LM Cert exam at 3:30 and should complete it by 5:00. Additionally, each class also has a very nice catered lunch, refreshments, books for your personal library, etc. We have a large facility for both classes, but have a cap on enrollment for catering and other reasons. If you wish to attend, please let us know ASAP. If you are an employer and would like to come by and meet the group, please do! We are working with Ag teachers all over Alabama and will be adding hundreds more in multiple states later this year. Our efforts include the certification of the teachers and the support of their teaching and credentialing of students. Let us know if you would like an introduction to an Ag teacher/program near you. A Note on Classes Class locations: "Pelham Civic Center" is our new classroom at the Pelham Civic Center, 500 Amplitheater Road, 35124; see their website at http://pelhamciviccomplex.com/ All the listed classes are no cost for ALDOT DBEs, ALSDE Ag teachers and City of Pelham employees, space available. Contact information: Contact Portal Program Manager Carrie Williams at willcae@gmail.com or Fred Kapp at 205-862-2588 or fkapp@bellsouth.net to reserve your spot in class as many fill quickly!
August 04, 2016
Ornamental and Turf Pest Control License Exam Study Support Class / Pelham Civic Center
On August 4th we have an Ornamental and Turf Pest Control License Exam Study Support class that will also award 10 recertification points for your license. Location and time are the same. We also will have supplier displays and equipment demos on site. Additionally, each class also has a very nice catered lunch, refreshments, books for your personal library, etc. We have a large facility for both classes, but have a cap on enrollment for catering and other reasons. If you wish to attend, please let us know ASAP. If you are an employer and would like to come by and meet the group, please do! We are working with Ag teachers all over Alabama and will be adding hundreds more in multiple states later this year. Our efforts include the certification of the teachers and the support of their teaching and credentialing of students. Let us know if you would like an introduction to an Ag teacher/program near you. A Note on Classes Class locations: "Pelham Civic Center" is our new classroom at the Pelham Civic Center, 500 Amplitheater Road, 35124; see their website at http://pelhamciviccomplex.com/ All the listed classes are no cost for ALDOT DBEs, ALSDE Ag teachers and City of Pelham employees, space available. Contact information: Contact Portal Program Manager Carrie Williams at willcae@gmail.com or Fred Kapp at 205-862-2588 or fkapp@bellsouth.net to reserve your spot in class as many fill quickly!
August 04, 2016
Landscape and Urban Forestry Expo, 8:00-4:00, PCC, OTPS/OTPC/D&R
NO cost! Prepare for your Ornamental and Turf Pest Control License Exam, recertify your license, network with suppliers and learns lots of modern landscape and urban forestry IPM. Lunch provided and space is very limited!

July 26, 2016

Job Opening Interiorscapes

Looking for a motivated, independent worker with knowledge of the care of exterior color plants. This a year-round position as we have clients who have color beds and bowls that we plant each spring and fall. Will work the routes while driving a company pick up truck hauling a tank full of water and sometimes full of chemicals for treatment of plants. Will water, prune, deadhead and treat with fertilizer and for pests. Listing starting hourly rate at $11, but will pay more for experience and knowledge. Pesticide license preferred. Background check, drug screen, clean driving record and current valid Alabama Drivers License required. Contact Dona Cash at 205.942.7151.

July 26, 2016

Job Opening Interiorscapes, Inc.

Currently seeking both part-time and full-­time landscape crew members. Experience preferred. Must meet the following requirements: have a current valid driver's license from the State of Alabama, a clean driving record, reliable transportation, pass a background check and drug screen. Vacation and other benefits available after successful completion of probationary period. Our company has been in business for 38 years in the Birmingham area. Other requirements include: good work ethic, follows instructions, shows up on time every day, able and willing to learn, be able to speak and understand English reasonably well, Must be US citizen or legal alien, must be able to lift 50 lbs., assist with pull, prep and install of color beds twice a year. The starting rate is $11 to $12/hour. Contact Dona Cash at 205.942.7151.

July 26, 2016

Job Opening LawnCrafters

Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Looking for a full-time laborer. Some experience needed, compensation varies according to experience. Contact Tim Strickland at 205.229.0579.