Volunteer work may qualify for CEH credit. Volunteer work is awarded on a three to one ratio. That means that for every three hours of qualifying volunteer work, one hour of credit will be awarded. There is a maximum CEH credit allowed for volunteering that cannot exceed 4 hours in a two year period. This means in your two-year renewal cycle, you may only receive 4 continuing education hours (this is 12 hours of volunteer work) from approved volunteer work.
The volunteer activity must be directly related to the landscape construction industry, such as, but not limited to:
- serving on industry related boards, commissions or committees; or
- providing a not-for-profit service to local or state entities for the enhancement and preservation of the environment to natural resources through landscape planning, installation and maintenance.
Volunteer work means you did not receive compensation of any kind for this work. Compensation means payment made in the form of money, goods or services (this includes bartering).
To receive CEH approval, please complete the Volunteer/Teaching Approval Form.
TEACHING / PRESENTING
Up to one half of the biennial CEH requirement (8 of 16 hours) can be earned by teaching landscape or business related subjects.
To earn CEH credit for teaching, complete the Volunteer/Teaching Approval Form and submit to the agency for approval within 180 days of the last class period. The form needs to be signed by a supervisor or official of the agency, college or university to qualify for credit. Credit can be earned for the presentation time (1 hour of CEH for 50 minutes of instruction) and 2 hours of preparation and research time for every hour of presentation time if the licensee hasn’t requested preparation time for the course in the past or has made substantial changes to the course.
Licensees must have an actively licensed landscape construction professional with at least five years of experience to qualify for teaching/presenting credit. Licensees must also prepare an outline of the course in advance of the course and preserve the outline, present for at least 50 minutes and keep a record of attendance.