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 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: or 205-862-2588.

June 30, 2016
Pesticide Safety for Household and Wood Destroying Pest Professionals, PCC, IIHC/WDC/WDB/HPC/HPB
July 06, 2016
Developing a Tree, Shrub and Lawncare Program, PCC, OTPS/OTPC/D&R
July 07, 2016
Pesticide Safety for Landscape and Urban Forestry Professionals, PCC, FOR/OTPS/OTPC
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!

March 07, 2016

A Special "Thank You!" to our Partners!

The Green Industry Web Portal is a charitable effort to improve the lives of anyone who may want a career in the Green Industry. Although our primary focus is Appalachia, web resources developed are available for all to use free of charge. We want to thank the many schools, colleges, foundations, corporate sponsors, and industry members who are supporting the effort. Partners and sponsors may have contributed staff time, equipment, facilities use, discounted materials, and dollars for cash matching or support of travelling classes. Please let us know if you would like to help support the effort!

March 07, 2016

Get Them While They Last!!

Class attendees will be given free reference books to help with their professional growth and career development while they last. We are also happy to e-mail study guides upon your e-mail request. Please e-mail or call Fred Kapp at 205-862-2588 or or Carrie Williams at to save your spot in class.