CLCA Adopts Code Of Ethics

The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) has announced a new code of ethics and the establishment of a new Premier Membership category, which requires continuing education and participation in CLCA activities.

The changes were adopted at CLCA’s recent general membership meeting.

Beginning in 2013, CLCA members will be required to abide by a new code of ethics. These requirements are:

Professionalism: Maintain required licensing, insurance and ongoing education.

Values: Honesty, integrity and respect for the environment.

Committed to: Customer satisfaction and excellence in craftsmanship.

“We believe adopting a code of ethics and a Premier Membership category sets expectations for our members, industry, and the general public about what it means to be a CLCA member and why someone should consider joining or hiring a CLCA member,” said new CLCA President Frank Niccoli, of THe Village Gardener in San Carlos.

“We want to set the bar higher, so that members accept the code of ethics as a minimum standard for membership. Also, the public wants to know if members are licensed and if they have the training and minimum requirements to do the job.

“In addition, the Premier Membership category was established for those who want to take it up a notch and reach for a higher level of excellence by maintaining participation and education requirements. Premier Membership is a great opportunity for members to distinguish themselves within the industry and to their customers.”

The CLCA is a non-profit trade organization of licensed landscape and landscape-related contractors. Also included among its approximately 2,200 members are landscape suppliers, landscape architects, public officials, educators, and students. More information about CLCA is available at

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One comment on “CLCA Adopts Code Of Ethics

  1. Mark Carlson on said:

    I’m glad to see this move for betterment. However, I am questioning a few things: 1) shouldn’t these be “standard” rules to practice anyways?, and 2) how would any of these be enforced?

    I say this because of many things I’ve experienced in other organizations and their inability to really control or protect these expectations. Typically, these expectations tend to sound great, but that’s about it.

    And lastly, you mention “integrity” and I would like to know how this applies to all of your membership–contractor, manufacturer, and distributor. This has been a questionable thing as of late, due to so many manufacturers now selling direct to the homeowner market and bypassing the contractor and distributor. I would say the same for the distributor as compared to the contractor. Overall, there’s been a split from the once mutual relationships we all shared. Currently, we are losing this over shortsighted greed/sales.

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