Each organization that offers Continuing Education Credits (also known as CECs, or CEUs for “Continuing Education Units”) for Gaia College courses has a unique application process.
Links to Continuing Education Credit Summaries for All Gaia College Courses
How to apply for your credits (by organization)
Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA)
CNLA members must renew their certification every 2 years, by earning 24 continuing education units (CEUs), which are tracked by the CNLA.
All Gaia College courses are considered relevant for recertification for the Landscape Horticulture Certification Program designations including Certified Landscape Horticulturist Technician, Certified Landscape Designer, and Certified Landscape Horticulturist Manager. Any single Gaia College course offered as of January 2021 meets the complete CEU requirements for biennial recertification for these CNLA-certified individuals.
The CNLA offers detailed instructions on how to apply for recertification at the following webpage: CNLA Recertification. There is a recertification fee of $75 + HST ($84.75), payable with recertification application every 2 years.
Only the Recertification form and the fee must be submitted; however, CNLA members are required to keep documentation of course attendance (i.e., the course completion certificate) on file for 2 years in case of audit.
The Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care fulfills the Diploma educational requirements for initial certification to become designated as a Certified Landscape Horticulturist Manager. Requirements for certification.
As well, both of the Landscape Design Basics with SketchUp Pro and Ecological Landscape Design courses qualify as educational experience towards initial certification for the Certified Landscape Designer designation. Requirement for certification
National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP - USA)
NALP and the CNLA have harmonized their Landscape Industry Certified certification requirements. Like the CNLA, NALP requires Landscape Industry Certified Professionals to acquire 24 CEUs every two years for recertification.
As with the CNLA, any single Gaia College course can be considered as qualifying for the maximum 24 CEUs required to renew their biyearly certification. Gaia College Courses are classified in the Educ2 Category of 15 CEUs per credit hour.
Details on how to apply for recertification online can be found on the following webpage: NALP Recertification.
Unless otherwise noted, NALP only requires that the completed CEU Submission Form be submitted online for recertification, along with the $100(USD) Recertification fee. However, certified individuals must keep their CEU documentation (including completion certificates for any Gaia College courses) on file for 2 years - because a percentage of forms will be audited each year.
Documentation requirements for the various CEU options are available on the NALP Recertification Requirements information.
BC Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA)
BCSLA Registered Landscape Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interns are required to report a minimum of 30 CE Credits over a three-year reporting period. New Members will be required to submit credits on a prorated basis. Inactive Landscape Architects are required to report a minimum 15 CE Credits over a three-year reporting period.
There is no pre-approval process for CEUs with the BCSLA. Members are individually responsible for monitoring and reporting their Continuing Education Activities, and for determining what constitutes landscape architecture and landscape architecture-related activities. Gaia College courses may qualify for CEUs, but it is up to individual members to ascertain this by consulting the BCSLA’s posted CE Credit guidelines.
BCSLA Member Login to apply for CE Credits
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
Each of the various ISA qualifications, including Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, Tree Worker/Aerial Lift, Board Certified Management Arborist (BCMA)-Practice, BCMA-Science, and BCMA-Management, has been awarded a specific number of pre-approved Continuing Education Units from the ISA for each of a number of Gaia College course. Please consult the Gaia College course links above to find out how many CEUs are applicable for each specialty, for each relevant course. Not all Gaia College courses qualify for ISA CEUs, for every ISA qualification, but many do. Gaia College students who are ISA members and complete courses that are approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the ISA will receive completion codes from their course instructors, upon completion of the relevant courses. You can submit these codes to the ISA for credit, by going to the ISA CEU Center, then clicking on the on “CEU Post Approval Request Portal” box. This will take you to a log-in page, where you will be able to type the course title and the CEU code into the information box to submit it for credit.
Here are the relevant links regarding the ISA’s Continuing Education Policy and application process:
ISA CEU Center - contains a tab with information on How to Submit Pre-approved CEUs
ISA Login to view your certification status
Master Gardeners of Ontario Incorporated (MGOI)
All Gaia College courses are considered relevant for MGOI Continuing Education
Credit requirements. Any single Gaia College course qualifies for 24 CEUs, which
exceeds the annual requirement of 6 CEUs.
To apply for your credits, get a volunteer hours sheet from your MGOI Coordinator, state on the sheet where you earned the CEUs, and return it to the Coordinator, who will submit it to the Provincial Administrator to be included in the Annual Report.
Canadian Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL)
The Organic Master Gardener and the Organic Horticulture Specialist Courses fulfills the education requirements for initial certification to become a SOUL Accredited Organic Land Care Practitioner. Requirements for certification.
The Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care fulfills the education requirements for initial certification to become a Soul Certified Organic Land Care Professional. Requirements for certification.
All Gaia College courses are pre-approved for SOUL Continuing Education Credit (CEC) requirements. SOUL requires that all Certified Professionals complete 6 CECs per year.
Integrated Pest Management Canada (IPM Canada)
Several Gaia College courses are eligible for some amount of credit toward IPM Canada Continuing Education requirements for Certified Agents. Please see the “Credits” tab for each individual course (listed above), to ascertain how many IPM Canada CECs it qualifies for.
IPM Canada Certified Agents require a minimum of 6 CECs per year to maintain certification. Excess credits may be carried forward to subsequent years.
Gaia College will submit an Official Attendance Register to IPM Canada, listing all students who have successfully completed relevant courses and have asked to be included. There are 2 steps students must complete in order to receive credit from IPM Canada for Gaia College courses:
- Students must also submit the IPM Canada Certified Agent Continuing Education Reporting Form [link provided in your online course] to IPM Canada.
Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)
NOFA Accredited Professionals require 4 CEUs (1 CEU per pre-approved credit hour) each year in order to maintain certification. The Supporter reaccreditation fee is $75 US; the Business reaccreditation fee is $150 US. NOFA Professionals must complete and submit their reaccreditation form online, along with the fee, by January 1st of the year for which you are re-accrediting. All approved Gaia College courses count for the annual maximum of 4 CEUs. Please see the “Credits” tab for each individual Gaia College course (listed above), to see whether it qualifies for NOFA CEU pre-approval.