The APPQ brings together professional landscapers from all over Québec and is recognized everywhere as the essential benchmark in the landscaping field. Upon joining the Association, you will position your company as a top service provider.
Only members have the right to display the Certified Landscaper logo. This logo is a sign of professionalism, reliability and competence. The certification program is a rigorous process wherein only competent companies can succeed.
By being part of a professional organization, you stand out from your competitors because certified landscapers must honour and abide by a code of ethics, work according to the standards of the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec (BNQ) and meet minimum guarantees.
The arbitration program we offer in the event of a dispute reassures our clients.
Branding and notoriety
Your membership enhances your brand image and gives your business increased visibility and credibility. The association is active on all social networks and its website is a source of inspiration for its clients.
Our magazine, Les plus beaux jardins du Québec , showcases the winners of our annual landscaping contest. It is distributed throughout Québec and highlights both the achievements and professionalism of our members.
By publishing web and print columns in magazines and on specialized horticulture websites, the APPQ highlights both the know-how and professionalism of its members.
The APPQ participates in various shows to raise awareness about and recognize what it means to be a certified landscaper.
Entre-Paysagistes and the Intranet
Published 5 times a year, l’Entre-Paysagistes informs members about the latest industry news and trends. This publication also contains a variety of columns and valuable tips. The Intranet allows members to access relevant information and documents.
Support and representation
The APPQ advises and supports its members in interactions with the Commission des Normes, de l’Équité, de la Santé et de la Sécurité au travail (CNESST), as well as regarding work requirements that are governed or not governed by the Commission de la Construction du Québec (CCQ). The Association acts as a representative on behalf of its members with Québec Vert, and works with various governmental agencies, including updating technical landscaping standards Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ).
The Association also works closely with the Sectorial Committee for Labour in Ornamental Horticulture (Horticompétences) to develop various human resource management programs, projects or services.
We offer a consulting service to our members for any technical questions or matters relating to customer relations.
For the last forty years, the association has organized a landscaping contest exclusive to its members. This contest showcases their projects and offers great visibility to participants. The resulting notoriety is advantageous for members, the association and the landscaping profession. The projects that are presented at the annual contest awards gala are an inspiration to everyone. The annual convention is an opportunity for certified landscapers to network and share good business practices with their peers.
We take the success of our members to heart. We help them develop their full potential by offering training sessions and interesting conventions.
Members benefit from exclusive offers for various products and services: mutual insurance, group insurance program, discounts with different suppliers, business solutions, etc.
Tools for members
The association also offers its members a variety of promotional tools, such as contracts, stickers, folders and much more.
To become a certified landscaper, your company must have been in the landscaping business for a minimum of two years, enjoy a stellar reputation and be in excellent financial health.
The certification program is a rigorous process that takes time. Certification time varies from a few weeks to a few months. The processing of your file will be expedited if you provide the following :
- Fully completed Membership Request and Company Profile forms
- A list of 5 suppliers
- A list of 20 clients you have worked for in the last two years
- A copy of your ASP Construction card certifying that you have taken the course: «Health and General Safety on Construction Sites»
- Proof that you hold $2 million third party liability insurance
- A letter of reference from your financial institution confirming that your business is reliable and in good standing
We will send you a $ 300 invoice for opening your file, review and processing of your application.
You must also pass an examination to assess your knowledge of landscaping standards from Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ).
When you become a member
You will have to sign a contract stating that you will always comply with the standards and regulations required by the certification program, its code of ethics, as well as its guarantees.
You will also be required to attend an annual training session to update your knowledge.
Annual convention and gala
We hold our annual convention in the month of February. It takes place over two days, during which annual training, and the annual general meeting take place, as well as our awards gala for « Les plus beaux jardins du Québec » contest. An Exhibit Hall is also part of this event, as well as other activities, workshops and conferences.
Our annual training sessions are held on two separate dates and at different locations in order to better accommodate participant travel.