Licenses & Certifications

No other landscape company in Connecticut has more qualifications to serve you better than Hoffman Landscapes!

Founded in 1987, Hoffman Landscapes has grown into the area’s leading landscape company serving Fairfield and Litchfield Counties in Connecticut and Westchester County in New York.

Homeowners trust Hoffman to do the best job possible, and we do. Our staff of award-winning designers, talented craftsmen and professional caretakers carries a wide range of licenses & certifications across the industry. Below is a list of the licenses & certifications the company carries along with a short description of the organization, association or government entity authorizing the designation.

  • Licensed Landscape Architect – State of Connecticut – Department of Consumer Protection
  • Registration Certificate to practice as Landscape Architect in New York State – The University of the State of New York
  • Licensed Arborist – State of Connecticut
  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • Swimming Pool Builder – State of Connecticut – Department of Consumer Protection
  • Plumbing and Piping General Contractor (for irrigation)
  • Home Improvement Contractor – State of Connecticut
  • Home Improvement License – Westchester County – Department of Consumer Protection
  • Certificate of Registration Pesticide Management Program – Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • New York State Pesticide Business/Agency Registration
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association – NOFA
  • Pesticide Applicator – State of Connecticut – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Pesticide Technician – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Landscape Industry Certified Manager – PLANET
  • CT Accredited Nursery Professional
  • Home Improvement Salesperson – State of Connecticut
  • Department of Administrative Services Supplier Diversity Program – State of Connecticut
  • Notary Public – State of Connecticut
  • OSHA Certified
  • BS Landscape Architecture – Cornell University
  • BS Landscape Architecture – University of Massachusetts
  • BS Landscape Architecture – University of Connecticut
  • BS Landscape Architecture – University of Rhode Island
  • BS Horticulture – University of Connecticut
  • BS Horticulture – Auburn University
  • BS Landscape Contracting – SUNY Cobleskill
  • BS Environmental Science – SUNY Purchase
  • BS Plant Science – SUNY Cobleskill
  • BS Accounting – Quinnipiac University
  • BS Business Administration – University of Vermont
  • BS Business Administration – University of Connecticut

Commercial Pesticide Applicator – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 
Any person who applies pesticides or assists in the commercial application of pesticides in New York, in other than a supervisory capacity, must have an operational certification (also called an operator license). This certification allows the holder to use pesticides only under the direction of a certified supervisor. Any person who is hired to do pesticide application work for a commercial company will need an operational certificate. An operational certificate does not allow an individual to purchase restricted pesticides or go into business for himself; a supervisory certificate is required for these activities.

Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional since 2008
CANP’s annual accreditation program gives up-to-date knowledge and expertise that promotes horticultural professionalism within our industry. This annual thirteen session course will teach the basics of botany, plant identification, and professional technological information.

Connecticut State DEEP Pesticide Supervisory License Category 3a 
A supervisory certificate is required for commercial applicators who are responsible for deciding whether or not pesticides are to be employed, how they are to be mixed, where they are to be employed, what pesticides are to be used, the dosage and timing involved in the pesticide use and the methods of application and precautions to be taken in the use of such pesticides. The supervisory certificate allows the licensee to purchase restricted-use pesticides from a registered dealer.

Certificate of Registration – Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Pesticide Management Program
The main goal of the Pesticide Management Program is to prevent adverse human health or environmental effects from the misuse of pesticides. Pesticide management programs include: Registration of pesticides - controls the pesticide products being used in the state. Certification of pesticide applicators and enforcement of pesticide use as specified in directions on labels - ensures that pesticides are used properly. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) - IPM is promoted as a method to achieve high quality pest control while reducing pesticide impacts.

Department of Administrative Services Supplier Diversity Program – State of Connecticut
The State of Connecticut’s Supplier Diversity Program was established to ensure Connecticut small businesses an opportunity to bid on a portion of the State’s purchases. The main objective of the program is to increase the number of small & minority business enterprises the Office of Supplier Diversity certifies throughout Connecticut. For the purpose of this program, women-owned business enterprises and business enterprises owned by a person(s) with a disability are included in the minority business entity group.

Business Development Representatives are responsible for identifying and certifying small and minority businesses by conducting thorough and effective eligibility reviews while ensuring vendors receive prompt and responsive customer service.

Home Improvement Contractor – State of Connecticut
Under the Connecticut Home Improvement Act, an individual and/or business is required to register with the Department of Consumer Protection if they are contracting with a consumer to perform work on residential property. Home Improvement is any permanent change to residential property, including but not limited to driveways, swimming pools, porches, garages, roofs, siding, insulation, flooring, patios, landscaping, painting, fences, doors and windows, and waterproofing.

Home Improvement Salesperson – State of Connecticut
In accordance with the Connecticut General Statutes, Chapter 400 “Salesperson” means any individual who (A) negotiates or offers to negotiate a home improvement contract with an owner or (B) solicits or otherwise endeavors to procure by any means whatever, directly or indirectly, a home improvement contract from an owner on behalf of a contractor.

Home Improvement License – Westchester County, New York - Department of Consumer Protection 
Homeowners who cannot do home repairs themselves often rely on home improvement contractors to do the work. While most contracted home repairs are completed professionally & satisfactorily, some homeowners receive unprofessional, inadequate or fraudulent home repair work.

Home improvement contractors in Westchester County are required to be licensed and to abide by county laws which provide certain protections for consumers. Residents are encouraged to become familiar with these laws.

I.S.A. Certified Arborist 
ISA industry credentials are valued and trusted because they let consumers know that you possess a high degree of knowledge about caring for and maintaining trees. When developing an exam, a panel of subject matter experts from around the world completes a job task analysis, and then writes an exam that encompasses the defined skills. ISA credentials build expert knowledge and reflect the professional skills sought by leaders from the public and private sectors, including training, academia and government organizations.

Landscape Architecture – State of Connecticut
A Connecticut licensed landscape architect provides services related to the development of land areas. This includes preparing drawings and specifications in conformance with governing codes and regulations to ensure that land use, plant materials, grading, drainage, and the location and settings for structures and other improvements are appropriate.

Landscape Industry Certified Manager – PLANET
Landscape Industry Certified is the international distinction awarded by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) that represents individuals in the landscape industry who are Qualified • Confident • Recognized.

Northeast Organic Farming Association 
The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) is a coalition of seven NOFA state chapters. The organization’s purpose is to advocate for and educate on organic and sustainable agriculture, family-scale farming and homesteading in rural, suburban and urban areas, agricultural justice and other related policy issues. The NOFA Interstate Council serves as the Board of the NOFA chapters' coalition.

OSHA 30 hour certification
The OSHA Outreach Training Program (commonly referred to as OSHA) provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers' rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. This is a voluntary program and does not meet training requirements for any OSHA standards.

Pesticide Applicator – State of Connecticut – Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Any person who applies pesticides or assists in the commercial application of pesticides in the state of Connecticut, in other than a supervisory capacity, must have an operational certification (also called an operator license).  This certification allows the holder to use pesticides only under the direction of a certified supervisor. Any person hired to do pesticide application work for a commercial company will need an operational certificate. An operational certificate does not allow an individual to purchase restricted pesticides or go into business for himself; a supervisory certificate is required for these activities.

Pesticide Business / Agency Registration – New York State
The Division of Materials Management develops standards and criteria for pesticide applicator certification and certification renewal; designs and administers applicator examinations; and recommends/develops standards for applicator training courses.

Individuals are certified as commercial pesticide applicators, commercial pesticide technicians and private pesticide applicators. The type of applications that a person may perform is dependent on the applicator's particular certification. The pesticide applicator requirements are explained in detail in Title 6 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules & Regulations of the State of New York Part 325. Each business location offering, advertising or providing the services of commercial application of pesticides either entirely or as part of the business, and each agency that applies pesticides, must also register with the Department. A definition of agency and other business registration requirements are contained in 6 NYCRR Part 325.

Your pesticide business or agency cannot apply pesticides without a valid pesticide business or agency registration.

Plumbing & Piping Limited Contractor
The holder of this license may perform only work limited to domestic water pumps and water conditioning. The requirements to qualify for this license examination shall be two (2) years as a journeyperson or equivalent experience and training.

Registration Certificate to practice as Landscape Architect in New York State – The University of the State of New York
A New York licensed landscape architect provides services related to the development of land areas. This includes preparing drawings and specifications in conformance with governing codes and regulations to ensure that land use, plant materials, grading, drainage, and the location and settings for structures and other improvements are appropriate.

Swimming Pool Builder – State of Connecticut – Department of Consumer Protection 
Applicants must include the appropriate required documentation for license type “Swimming Pool Builder (SPB)”: (1) Proof of five (5) years experience under the supervision of a Licensed Swimming Pool Builder under this chapter, or equivalent experience as determined by the commissioner; (2) Satisfactory evidence that the applicant has obtained or works for an employer that has obtained a home improvement contractor registration, and a written statement that the applicant shall at all times maintain or work for an employer that has maintained, during license period and renewal of the Swimming Pool Builder license, a home improvement contractor registration; (3) Proof that the applicant has obtained the designation entitled “Certified Building Professional” from the trade association “Association of Pool and Spa Professionals” (“APSP”), or equivalent education and experience to be determined by the Commissioner.

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