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  • 03 Feb 2014 2:04 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)
  • 12 Jun 2013 8:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

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  • 03 Apr 2013 7:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)
    Office of the Indiana State Chemist is offering the Core Exam Testing at
    Primo West Conference Center in Plainfield on April 24, 2013
    Test Only CORE Exam
    Indiana State Chemist to Offer Core
    Exam Testing Only Opportunity on April 24,2013

    The Office of Indiana State Chemist will offer a Core Testing Opportunity at Primo West Conference Center in Plainfield, IN. on April 24th.

    This is an excellent opportunity to have your new applicators take the core at a central location.  Primo West is at the intersection of I 70 and SR 267 just west of the Indianapolis International Airport.

    We would emphasize that this is testing only and that no training will be offered prior to the examination.

    Registration is now open by calling the Indiana State Chemist Office at 1-800-893-6637.  I would urge you to make these arrangements as soon as possible as the session is limited to the first 100 people applying.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director
    Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association

  • 17 Jan 2013 9:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

    Applicator Licensing Testing at IPLLA Regional Workshops

    IPLLA’s Regional Workshops are scheduled for February 2013 and pre-registration is coming in daily for these popular events.  Workshops are scheduled for:

        February 12 –The Hotel Fort Wayne (formerly the Ft. Wayne Marriott)

        February 13 – Merrillville at the Radisson Star Plaza

        February 19 - Seymour at the Jackson County Learning Center

        February 20 - Plainfield at Primo West Conference Center

    For the first time ever, we will be offering you the opportunity to have employees take the Registered Technician or Core Exam at Ft. Wayne, Merrillville, and Seymour.  The employee must be registered for the respective workshop, but there is no additional cost to then take the Registered Technician (RT) exam.

    Your employee can attend the morning educational sessions and then take the RT Exam in the afternoon.  Should they pass the exam, they will receive Continuing Credit Hours (CCH’s) for those sessions which they attended that morning.  This is quite an opportunity for your employees to take the exam in your local area and we hope many of you will take advantage of it.

    Remember, this is exam only and any training materials can be purchased through the Purdue Extension Education Store by call (765) 6794.

    So, go online now at WWW.IPLLA.COM and get registered for the workshop of your choice, and the opportunity to have your employees take the applicator exam.  If you have already registered to attend the workshop, then you can simply still sign up your employee for testing.

    We’ll see you soon at the 2013 IPLLA Regional Workshops.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director

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  • 04 Jan 2013 3:00 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)


    The Regional Workshops Kick Off

    2013 Educational Programs!

    2013 Regional Brochure

    Click here for more information and to register:


    Office of the Indiana State Chemist

    Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory

    2013 OISC Lawn & Landscape

    OISC Priorities 2013

    OISC Issues Lawn & Landscape Priorities for 2013

    OISC Priorities 2013

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    The above document is often requested from the OISC office and staff.  Thanks to Joe Becovitz for making this available to us!

    UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2013: As you prepare for next season, also prepare to attend our annual series of Educational Programs.

    February 12, 2013 -  Regional Workshop at the  "The Hotel Fort Wane" in Fort Wayne (formerly the Ft. Wayne Marriott)

    February 13, 2013 -  Regional Workshop at Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville

    February 19, 2013 -  Regional Workshop at the Jackson Country Learning Center in Seymour (NEW Location!)

    February 20, 2013 – Regional Workshop at Primo West in Plainfield

    August 22, 2013  - 27th Annual IPLLA Summer Field Day in Danville

    December 18, 2013 – IPLLA Winter Workshop

    More information about these events will be forthcoming as we move into the year.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director

  • 05 Dec 2012 12:57 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)
    Unemployment Eligibility in Indiana
    December 5, 2012
    Unemployment Eligibility in Indiana

    We have received member inquiries regarding who is and who is not eligible for unemployment compensation during the normal downtime of the lawn and landscape season.  These questions have arisen as a result of actions taken by the Indiana General Assembly in 2011 that do have some impact on contracted employees or those who are on-call, or those who are taking paid vacation during a normal lay-off period.

    For your information, I am enclosing a copy of this Alert forwarded to us by the Green Industry Alliance.  Their ability to promptly respond to such questions is one of the real benefits of being a member of the Indiana Professional Lawn and Landscape Association.

    The alert, and new guidelines, are linked below.

    It is my opinion that the new regulations will not affect lawn and landscape companies unless they are, in some manner, compensating their employees during a layoff period or paying them to be on call during a layoff period.  Determining how, or even if, these changes impact your individual operation is something that should be discussed with your accountant.

    Caryl Auslander of the Corydon Group, our government affairs representative, will be on hand at the December 19th Winter Workshop to give us an update on the upcoming legislative session.  I have asked her to include this topic in her briefing.

    We look forward to seeing you at the Winter Workshop.


    View Unemployment Eligibility ALERT here

    IPLLA 2012 Winter Workshop Registration Information

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director
    Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association

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  • 25 Nov 2012 4:35 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)


    Earn CCH's at our Winter Workshop on December 19, 2012.  Click the link below for more information.

    IPLLA 2012 Winter Workshop

    IPLLA News Online

    Certification and License Renewal
    for Commercial Applicators

    This is the time of year when all Commercial Pesticide Applicators need to renew their pesticide applicator license with the Office of Indiana State Chemist.  As such, it is also a good time to review your current Continuing Credit Hours (CCH’s) going into the end of the year.

    Your certification remains in force through December 31 of the fifth year following renewal.  However, the applicator license and business license must be renewed each December. You should now have received that renewal invoice from the State Chemist Office and it must be paid by December 31, 2012 to avoid a penalty.

    Certification renewal can be accomplished by either retaking the Certification examination in the respective category, or by accumulating the minimum number of CCH’s before expiration of your certification for that category

    The minimum number of CCH’s required for renewal of each category relevant to members of the Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association, is as follows.

     Category 2                           10 CCH’s
    Category 3a                         15 CCH’s
    Category 3b                         20 CCH’s
    Category 5                           15 CCH’s
    Category 6                           15 CCH’s
    Category 7a                         20 CCH’s

    A commercial applicator can accumulate CCH’s only in the category in which he or she is certified at the time of participating in a specific training program.

    A commercial applicator can accumulate a maximum of one-half (1/2) of the total number of CCH’s required at any one training program.

    CCH’s accumulated by a commercial applicator in excess of the total number of CCH’s required shall not be carried forward to the next certification period.

    IPLLA encourages every commercial applicator to keep close track of your individual accumulated CCH’s as well as the five year expiration date of your commercial applicator license.

    The CCH program is one of the best ways possible to maintain your commercial applicator license and to keep yourself up-to-date on changing trends and new technology available to our industry.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director – IPLLA
    Member – Indiana Pesticide Review Board

  • 11 Nov 2012 1:00 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)
    IPLLA is joining forces with the Office of the Indiana State Chemist to
    offer Core Exam Testing at various regional and statewide meeting sites starting in 2013
    November 11, 2012
    IPLLA to Offer Core Exam Testing in 2013

    The Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association is joining forces with the Office of the Indiana State Chemist to offer Core Exam Testing at various regional and statewide meeting sites starting in 2013.  The announcement comes as the association prepares its education program for next year.

    “One of our real concerns has been the lack of statewide Core Exam testing opportunities for new industry employees” said IPLLA Executive Director Bob Andrews.  The new program will be launched starting with the association’s regional meetings scheduled to be held in February in northern, central, and southern Indiana.  Such testing will also be offered at the annual Summer Field Day scheduled to be held in Danville on August 22, 2013.  Those firms registering to attend such an event will have the chance to register employees to take the Core Exam as part of the educational event.  The testing opportunity will be limited to 30 people at each site who will then earn appropriate Continuing Credit Hours (CCH’s), for that event, should they successfully pass the Core Examination.

    Detailed planning is now underway and more information on the program will be announced online and at the IPLLA Winter Workshop which will be held  December 19th at The Oak Hill Mansion in Carmel.

    IPLLA President Kyle Chaffee, Owner of Chaffee Turf Service in Batesville, says this offering will expand testing opportunities throughout the state and takes place during critical hiring periods of the year.

    Watch www.iplla.com for updates on this new and exciting offering from IPLLA.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director
    Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association

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