Master Rain Gardener Program: Online Professional Certification

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Master Rain Gardener Program: Online Professional Certification

This course will certify you to design and install rain gardens professionally on residential properties.

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Rain gardens work with nature to collect and filter rainwater that runs off impervious surfaces like rooftops and driveways. Impervious surfaces lead to increases in surface runoff and often result in increased flooding and stream bank erosion. As water travels over impervious surfaces it also has the potential to pick up pollutants. Polluted stormwater runoff enters our rivers and lakes and is one of the leading threats to water quality in the U.S.

This Master Rain Gardener Program will teach you how to manage rain water in your clients' yards. Rain gardens naturally manage stormwater by infiltrating precipitation and allowing it to soak into the ground rather than sending it directly to storm sewers and nearby streams untreated. Experienced instructors will provide customized feedback during virtual office hours which will enable you to design and install a rain garden. Topics will include site assessment, soil analysis, design, construction, plant selection, mulching, and maintenance. The course will be held online and provide weekly course materials that can be reviewed at times that work with your own schedule.

The Professional Certification is geared toward landscape professionals and contractors looking to install rain gardens professionally on residential properties. Your Professional Rain Gardener Certification can be used to promote your expertise and as a selling point for your business.

Participants in the professional certification track will be required to pass a final exam and either participate in a field day (public rain garden installation) or install a residential rain garden. Graduates will receive a Master Rain Gardener t-shirt, yard sign, and a certificate of completion. Professionals will also have to option to be listed on a public website of Northeast Ohio Professional Rain Gardeners that will be maintained by and held on the NEO Master Rain Gardener and partner websites.

Online Course Dates:

Monday, January 30 - Friday, March 10

The online course consists of recorded webinars that can be watched at your convenience within the course timeline. Participants may join weekly live office hours where they can receive customized instructor feedback on homework. We also invite our participants to join our active Facebook community where they can discuss course progress with alumni, instructors, and staff from local conservation organizations.

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