General Information

The GIW Portal is a free service for the Green Industry to help train employees, potential employees, and students wanting to gain certifications and licenses or the knowledge needed to improve their lives and careers.

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See the list to the right for upcoming events

Hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery

The GIW Portal is hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery and content will be added as needed to help the industry and educators. Live training and testing may be scheduled during the year, but at this time is limited to the Appalachian Region of Alabama. Partnering sponsors, willing to supplement training costs, may schedule the training anywhere outside of Alabama's ARC Region.

Locations For Live Training

We are proud to announce that our new “brick and mortar” home is the Pelham Civic Complex and we will be offering lots of one-day classes and multi-day expos and programing over the years. The facility is beautiful and offers seating for 15-500 attendees and is a perfect location for business meetings and company educational programming. Let me know if I can help you with arranging any meeting at the PCC. We will continue to offer many live classes throughout the southeast at various locations, so stay tuned.

Accessible for study anywhere, anytime

The GIW Portal and the library of video content, links, and reproducible content will be accessible for study anytime. Live classes and "virtual office hour schedules" are being developed at this time and will be listed on the "Classes and Training" page.

Backed by professionals, national, state and local associations, schools, colleges, and government entities

The GIW Portal has been created and will be sustained by a large group of supporters, listed on the "Sponsors and Partners" page. If you want to attend live classes, schedule a class in your area, or would like to help support the GIW efforts, please contact: GIW Educational Director, Fred Kapp: fred.kapp@giwportal.org or 205-862-2588.

January 24, 2017
Forestry Worker Certification Program
When: January 24th - 26th, 2017; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Where: Alabama Forestry Association Headquarters, Montgomery, Alabama; No cost for ALSDE Ag teachers; other attendees: $75; Our next newsletter will be coming out in the next month. We already have some classes and certifications courses set up! We will keep you updated as new classes are scheduled! To sign up for a class, email Carrie Williams at willcae@gmail.com. All the listed classes are no cost for ALDOT DBEs, ALSDE Ag teachers and City of Pelham employees, space available. Contact information: Contact Portal Program Manager Carrie Williams at willcae@gmail.com or Fred Kapp at 205-862-2588 or fkapp@bellsouth.net to reserve your spot in class as many fill quickly!
January 24, 2017
Exmark Landscape, ROW and Forest Pest Management Update
When: January 24th, 2017; 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Where: Talladega Tractor, Talladega, Alabama**; FOR/OTPS/OTPC and ROW recert points; Come and get an update on topics in landscape, right of way, and forest pest identification and management. Details and pesticide points are listed below. These classes are at NO COST and includes a lunch. To sign up for these classes, email Carrie Williams at willcae@gmail.com. * GA pesticide points: 1 hr Cat 23, 2 hrs Cat 24, 1 hr Cat 27 ** AL pesticide points: 10 hrs for ROW/FOR/OTPS ^ SC pesticide points: 5 hrs (other states pesticide points pending)
January 26, 2017
Exmark Landscape, ROW and Forest Pest Management Update
When: January 26th, 2017; 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; Where: Tuskaloosa Lawn Equipment, Northport, Alabama**; No cost, must pre-register; FOR/OTPS/OTPC and ROW recert points; Come and get an update on topics in landscape, right of way, and forest pest identification and management. Details and pesticide points are listed below. These classes are at NO COST and includes a lunch. To sign up for these classes, email Carrie Williams at willcae@gmail.com. * GA pesticide points: 1 hr Cat 23, 2 hrs Cat 24, 1 hr Cat 27 ** AL pesticide points: 10 hrs for ROW/FOR/OTPS ^ SC pesticide points: 5 hrs (other states pesticide points pending)
January 27, 2017
Pest Management Update
When: January 27th; 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Where: Pelham Civic Complex, Pelham, AL; Cost: $39; HPC/HPB, IIHC, and WDC/WDB

December 14, 2016

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Groundskeeper I

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is seeking a groundskeeper I. This position will perform routine and project maintenance of University grounds which includes lawns, exterior planted materials (trees, bushes, plants, etc.), sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, trash receptacles, outside furnishings and equipment, patios, decks, art work, athletic fields, running tracks, and other areas. May be called upon to perform the work of or assist other maintenance personnel including, but not limited to, Outside Construction Workers, Painters and outside contractors. Performs other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned or directed by Division management and supervision. Hourly Rate: $11.42 - $11.87 - $12.89 (Commensurate with experience qualifications) Required Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For More Information: https://uab.taleo.net/careersection/ext/jobdetail.ftl?job=T43081

December 06, 2016

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Spray Technician

Southern Roots Lawn is seeking a full time spray technician with 2+ years of experience. Position is based in Pelham. Southern Roots Lawn offers starting pay of $15-17/hr. DOE, medical & dental insurance, paid vacation & holidays, smoke free and drug free working environment. Contact - David Wood southernrootslawn@yahoo.com