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Lake County to host Florida Water Star Accredited Professional training for landscape, irrigation professionals

RELEASE DATE: January 11, 2012

TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is offering landscape and irrigation professionals an opportunity to attend training and complete an exam to become a Florida Water StarSM Accredited Professional. The training will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 from 8:30  a.m. to 5 p.m., and the exam will take place beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Both the training and exam will be at the Lake County Agricultural Center, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.

Developed by St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) in partnership with the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), the Florida Water StarSM training program is a comprehensive water conservation course that focuses on Florida-friendly landscape alternatives and irrigation requirements that can have a major impact on water usage.

The training is open to landscape, irrigation and public sector professionals in Central Florida, and is being led by nationally recognized instructors Joy Dorst and Kurt Thompson.

Class size is limited to 45 people and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The training and one exam is free to those persons registered to attend. The deadline for registration is 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. To register for the class, contact Steve Gladwell with the Lake County Conservation & Compliance Department at (352) 742-3968.

Upon completion of the training and accompanying examination, participants have the opportunity to become either a Florida Water StarSM Accredited Landscape or Irrigation Professional.  If a participant wishes to take exams for both accreditations, an additional fee of $85 (non refundable) is required.  Each exam takes approximately 2 to 3 hours.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) will be available for locally licensed irrigation contractors, FNGLA Certified Professionals, registered landscape architects and Irrigation Association Certified Professionals. Future Florida Water StarSM training and examination dates are tentatively scheduled for May 2012.

For more information about the upcoming Florida Water StarSM training, contact the Conservation & Compliance Department by email at waterstarregistration@lakecountyfl.gov or call Steve Gladwell at (352) 742-3968 or SJRWMD at (386) 546-8437.

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