”We find the Crew Manager program a benefit the first time our folks take it… it shows a person wants to better themselves and has incentive. People interested in advancement like to look at this as a window on what they would be doing.”
-Susan Dippre, Landscape Supervisor, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
The Crew Manager Certification Program was developed by The Virginia Horticultural Foundation. The Crew Manager program is offered annually at the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course (MAHSC).
Crew Manager Certification
Making the move from the crew to the supervisor is tough! This certification develops supervisory and management skills, always emphasizing safety. To begin earning your stripes as a Crew Manager, you’ll need people skills, strategies for discipline and a new approach to communication. To receive Crew Manager Certification, participation in both days of this training plus a passing grade on the written exam are required. To maintain certification: accrue 12 hours of qualifying CEU credits every 2 years and submit using the forms from mahsc.org ‘Crew Manager’ tab. $50 Materials Fee. LIMIT 50.
Tuesday, January 16
Crew Manager (Day 1 of 2) 9:15am – 4:30pm
Innovative Leadership – Martha Walker, Community Viability Specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech
Making the transition from crew member to crew manager requires leadership, communication, and team management skills. In this training, Martha focuses on those critical skills to develop effective, confident leadership practices. She teaches problem-solving and discussion techniques to build strong lines of communication within your team and explores ways to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your team’s dynamics in order to maximize employee talent and potential.
Lunch and break schedule will be determined by instructor.
Wednesday, January 17
Crew Manager (Day 2 of 2) 8:00am – 4:30pm
First Aid & CPR Update – Herb Maher, Safety Specialist, City of Virginia Beach
Be prepared to respond in an emergency! Hear the latest in first-aid response and CPR techniques and learn the skills necessary to handle an injury or life-threatening situation.
Dig with C.A.R.E., Keep Virginia Safe! – Frank Hudik, Damage Prevention Specialist, VA State Corp. Commission
Virginia State Corporation Commission’s C.A.R.E. message: Call Miss Utility at 811 before you dig; Allow required time for marking; Respect the marks; and Excavate carefully. Learn marking requirements, best practices used by utility operators and contract locating companies, and how to safely hand dig around underground utility lines.
Pesticide Supervisor Responsibilities – Rohan Williams, Compliance Manager, VDACS OPS and Clint Shettle, Supervisor, Enforcement & Field Operations, VDACS OPS
Crew managers must provide direct supervision for registered technicians and on-site supervision for individuals training to become registered techs. Learn the required recordkeeping and legal responsibilities of being in charge of applicators.
IPM & Pest Management Guide – Megan Tierney, VCE City of York, & Megan Sharifi, IPM Specialist, Colonial Williamsburg
Integrated Pest Management is the recommended approach to assessing and controlling insects, disease, and weeds on managed lands. This in-depth session focuses on the five components of IPM, tools to make each component efficient and effective, and the role that the Pest Management Guide has in practicing IPM. Presented as a mix of slides, hands-on activities, and demonstrations of various tools, this session will include both classroom and outdoor time.
Maintaining Crew Manager and Advanced Crew Manager Certification
Certifications must be renewed by March 31st every two (2) years by accumulating appropriate Continuing Education Unit (CEUs):
- Crew Managers must earn and submit twelve (12) CEUs; six (6) of these hours must be from MAHSC
- Advanced Crew Managers must earn and submit six (6) CEUs; three (3) of these hours must be from MAHSC.
- Any hour of education at the MAHSC qualifies as a CEU.
- Any hour of education by another agency (outside your own work department) may qualify as a CEU.
- CEUs may include pesticide education programs
- Participants are encouraged to take a mix of horticultural and management classes to maintain their certification
- To request CEUs from outside classes, download the Request for CEU Credit form .
Questions? (757) 523-4734 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Crew Manager Testimonials:
“We definitely care about the Crew Manager Certification as that shows a measure of accomplishment. Our new advancement career path is based on the ability of staff to get on the job training, years of experience, classroom education AND certifications like this one. …when they get this certificate, their section of the career path will be complete and they will advance and get a raise.”
-Mr. Travis Mawyer, Landscape Senior Supervisor, University of Virginia
“I think the Crew Manager courses are generally pretty spot-on … to engage certain people end encourage them to move into higher positions in the industry… the program is a great way to boost morale of a younger employee with big sites…”.
-Chad Peevy, Grounds Manager, Old Dominion University