”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 and Advanced Crew Manager Certification Programs were developed by The Virginia Horticultural Foundation. The Crew Manager program is offered annually and the Advanced Crew Manager program is offered every other year 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.
Day 1 of 2 – Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Part 1 – 8:00 am – 11:30am
Lunch – 11:30 am – 1:15 pm – Box Lunch Provided
Part 2 – 1:15 – 2:45pm
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.
2:45 – 3:00 pm – BREAK
3:00 – 4:00 pm
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.
Day 2 of 2
8:00 – 10:15 am
Extended Session – Crash Dynamics
This presentation discusses the serious nature of motor vehicle crashes and demonstrates, in an easy-to-understand manner, the energy involved in a crash and the potentially tragic outcomes. Crash configurations, potential injuries, and occupant protection devices are discussed along with their lifesaving characteristics. New this year – learn what your responsibilities are for reporting and documenting vehicle accidents, and safety precautions you can take to minimize the effects of an accident when pesticides or other chemicals are being transported.
10:15 – 10:30 am – BREAK
10:30 – 11:30am
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.
11:30am – 1:15pm – LUNCH – Box lunch provided
1:30 – 2:30pm
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.
2:45 – 3:45pm
Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms – Laurie Fox, Horticulture Associate, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Tech
Gardens are everywhere and come in all shapes and sizes. They provide amazing opportunities for information transfer formally, informally, and everything between to diverse audiences from youth to adults and professionals to hobbyists. What garden classroom have you visited lately?
Advanced Crew Manager Certification
Advanced Crew Managers are on the fast track and establishing their management careers in the green industry. This training will expand your leadership skills and advance your understanding of supervisor responsibilities. Start generating business for the company and establish a safe environment and work place. Good standing as a Crew Manager and participation in this full day of training are required to attain Advanced Crew Manager status. To maintain Advanced Crew Manager certification, accrue 6 hours of CEU credits every two years according to program regulations and submit them using the forms found at www.mahsc.org under the Crew Manager tab. $60 materials fee. Lunch provided. Limit 30.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (breaks and lunch scheduled by presenter)
(Certified Crew Manager in good standing required)
Jeff McManus, Director of Landscape, Airport and Golf Services, University of Mississippi
Growing Weeders into Leaders, by adding W.A.T.E.R.
Landscaping departments and businesses have a modern mission that requires doing more with less and still meeting intense ground beautification requirements. Learn how to meet challenges, overcome obstacles, and transform lives through “Growing Weeders into Leaders.” Jeff nudges front-line supervisors, managers, CEOs and other organizational leaders to their next level through his W.A.T.E.R. practices. Spend all day with Jeff in this Advanced Crew Manager Certification training and learn how to make your team better by helping them grow.
Jeff McManus has a deep passion in cultivating the green industry’s greatest asset – its team members. In order to have a motivated staff willing to buy into a vision and work as a team, it is essential to grow “Weeders into Leaders.” His message rings true for any industry, supervisor, manager, leader or owner looking to GROW a high-performance and dedicated workforce. Jeff has designed a professional development plan for his Weeders called W.A.T.E.R. – a replicable training program that guides each workforce member toward understanding the power of their personal potential. Jeff holds Bachelor of Science in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University and is a PGMS Certified Grounds Manager and Certified Arborist. He has spoken to and worked with Caterpillar Inc, the Biltmore Estates, Leadercast, PGMS, as well as worked with many universities in Leadership development.
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