Professional and business development

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Professional and business development is an important focus for TLA, and the association has reinforced its commitment to the landscaping industry with the release of two new training initiatives.

The Landscape Association (TLA) continues to give back to the industry with the launch of two new education programs for its members – a new training series and an Ask the Expert webinar series.

TLA CEO Jodie Dean said these professional and business development initiatives have been developed in response to feedback from TLA members. She added that the organisation has always believed in educating and supporting new and established landscapers in practical ways, and these programs will complement existing educational events.

“We are committed to raising and maintaining standards of work, communicating new developments, and supporting the industry overall through industry-relevant training,” Jodie said. “Staying ahead of trends and embracing best practices are important for landscaping professionals who want to remain at the top of their game.”

Both programs allow the association to partner with valued supplier sponsors and members and engage industry leaders to share their knowledge and expertise.

Training modules

The TLA Training Series has been designed to provide ongoing technical training and development to TLA members and their employees. The series is in direct response to feedback collected in the association’s annual membership survey, addressing the need for more training, networking events and the necessity to attract and retain staff.

Module-based, the structure of the series allows members to select relevant topics, areas of interest, build on their skillset and even their CV.

The series is devised and run by the TLA who manage partnerships with interested suppliers, attracting industry leaders as presenters, promotion to members and industry booking venues, and handling inquiries, registrations and payments.


The ‘Ask the Expert’ webinar series will feature a wide variety of topics and has the additional benefit of being highly accessible for all members. They are recorded and used as an ongoing resource for members to download in the future and accelerate their professional and business development.

Like the training series, the webinar format addresses the need for more training, additional business resources, staff attraction and retention, with the bonus of accessibility for rural and regionally based businesses.

As a web-based program, this series also offers flexibility in accessing the webinars, allowing busy landscapers the opportunity to choose a training time that suits them and their business.

Man lecturing landscaping class in a garden environment
Brand new programs allow industry leaders to share their knowledge and expertise with hands on learning. Image: TLA

Feedback on TLA training

These new initiatives will run alongside other TLA events and an expanded program for students, who now have the opportunity to join the association free of charge.

The TLA Training Series has drawn consistent praise from a variety of industry leaders, including Shannon Decker – TLA Vice President and owner of Now & Zen Landscapes, who said they are a great opportunity to engage in industry-leading information.

“The recent Plant Selection Masterclass provided insight into new plant cultivars, current industry practices and reignites your love for plants and broadens your palette,” he said. “If you are new to the industry or a seasoned professional, there is always something fresh and exciting to learn.”

Jude Bates, TLA director, horticulturist and former TAFE head teacher, agreed.

“TLA Training is an investment that benefits you, your staff, and your company,” she said. “TLA supports you in staying current with latest trends, technologies and best practices by providing training so you can acquire specific skills relevant to your industry. These skills will assist in enhancing your capabilities, ensure compliance and drive growth and innovation.”

2024 Landscape Expo Trade Show

Another popular training and networking event, the Landscape Expo Trade Show is returning for 2024 and will again be held at TAFE NSW Ryde Campus on Tuesday, September 3.

The Expo is the only event of its kind in NSW/ACT, offering an unrivalled opportunity to network and build relationships across all levels of the industry. It will educate landscape students as well as industry professionals. Designed by the TLA’s members, there is something for everyone across the trade and associated businesses.

Practical and inspiring, TLA plans to grow this trade event to eclipse the 50 exhibitors and 850 attendees from 2023. Along with incredible specials and offers from a range of suppliers, the educational speakers’ program and product demonstrations offering will be expanded, providing a further training opportunity for those new to the industry. TLA is currently accepting exhibitor bookings and attendee registrations open in July.

Joining The Landscape Association

Membership is open to eligible residential and commercial landscape businesses involved in construction, maintenance, and design, as well as trade and service providers to the industry. See the website for more details.

TLA is 100 per cent committed to assisting you make your business a success with a range of services and resources that will help you to enhance your profitability, efficiency, staff and skill development.

The benefits of joining the association are outlined below and the supplier discounts via the TLA Member Rewards Program alone can save your business thousands of dollars annually:
* Business promotion
* Business resources
* Services and advice
* Awards and recognition
* Events and networking
* Industry information
* Advocacy and representation, and
* Supplier discounts.

TLA also offers students free membership to the association, helping to nurture new entrants to the industry and promoting landscaping career opportunities.

Interested in learning more?

Visit The Landscape Association’s website at to learn more about the association, the Expo, and all the training opportunities available. Also see the TLA socials: Facebook @thelandscapeassociation, and Instagram @the_landscape_association.

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