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Q: Why Should I Join ILCA?

That is the first question every prospective member asks. Unfortunately, it does not have a clear answer. When a new member contacts ILCA and asks that question, they cannot expect ILCA to answer it. We know nothing about the prospective member's needs and challenges. Therefore, the only response ILCA can give is, "what do you need?"

ILCA does not want to sell you a membership you don't need. Help us understand what you require and ILCA will determine if we can fill that void. ILCA gets a member for life if we can provide a membership experience that matches your nuanced and ever-changing needs.

I need education for my employees and me...

Professional Development – Educational  programs and materials for both supervisory and technical members. ILCA education provides industry-specific business and technical training.

  • Design Seminar
  • iLandscape Educational Sessions and Workshops
  • 2-day Landscape Foremanship Training
  • Certified Landscape Technician Program
  • Pruning Workshops
  • Numerous other special interest educational seminars and workshops on business and landscaping topics.
  • Discounted (member) rates for certain programs offered by SIMA, The Chicago Botanic Garden, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, MELA, etc.
  • OSHA informational materials at no charge

I need to understand how laws, regulations, unions, and prevailing wages impact my business and the industry...

Legislative Representation – Provides an articulate and unified voice for landscape contractors and businesses on federal, state, and local issues. [more]

Prevailing Wage and Union Information – Executive staff and legal counsel provide information about prevailing wage and how it impacts bidding and your business. Additionally, ILCA is closely tied to the Illinois Landscape Collective Bargaining Association (ILCBA) who can answer questions about what unions are available to landscape contractors if they so choose.

I need to advertise my company to new markets and consumers...

Media and Consumer Exposure – ILCA is a resource for consumers and the press for information about landscape contractors and services. Landscape Illinois is the ILCA consumer publication that mails to over 50,000 end users.

The ILCA website has a searchable database for consumers. They can search by location, type of work performed, specialty, and whether or not the company has certified landscape technicians on staff. Additionally, the website has special sections written for consumers that teach the value of landscaping and using professional contractors.

I need to support professionalism in my trade...

Identity and Affiliation - The field of landscape contracting has few entrace requirements. Poor practice can harm the reputation of the entire industry. ILCA members are encouraged to use the ILCA logo on their websites, business cards, and promotional materials. Bumper stickers and window decals are given to members to showcase their affiliation. The Association educates consumers about the benefits of membership via the website and consumer publications.

I need to save money and be offered special discounts on products and services...

Supplier Network - ILCA is home to almost 200 industry suppliers. These suppliers offer plant material, landscape supplies, power equipment, concrete and stone products, design services, fencing, financial and human resource services, insurance, legal advice, lighting, seed, soil, mulch, etc., etc., etc. ILCA supplier members support our contractor members and vice versa. Many advertise in the Landscape Contractor membership magazine. Some offer exclusive deals, services, and terms to ILCA members. All of our supplier members are listed in the annual Buyers Guide that is free to all members.

Affinity Programs - ILCA has affinity partners that offer discounts exclusively to ILCA members. Some of these discounts range from 5% - 50% off various goods and services [more]

I need to learn about new products and technologies that impact my field...

Quality Programming – Experience the latest products and services at must see trade shows.

  • iLandscape Show – The Midwest's premier horticultural trade show is an event like no other. [more]
  • Summer Field Day – This refreshing local event showcases exhibitor products in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. [more]

I need to keep up with current events and information that directly impact me as an Illinois contractor or supplier...

Relevant Publications – Absorb valuable information through timely and relevant publications.

  • The Landscape Contractor – the monthly flagship of ILCA publications.[more]
  • Membership Directory [more]
  • Buyers Guide [more]
  • Reference Manual – Details the specifics of running a successful landscape business in Illinois.
  • Spanish/English Interactive Language Tutorial [more]
  • Receive member rates for dozens of publications from reputable industry publishers. [more]

I need to support the profession that I love and welcome a new generation of green industry professionals...

Support the Profession – Promote the profession you are passionate about to schools, the public, and other professionals. 

  • Undergraduate scholarships [more]
  • Elementary and high school career presentations
  • Outreach to student and career-change programs

I need to socialize and network with my peers...

Networking Opportunities – ILCA brings large and small contractors, suppliers, educators, students, and industry leaders together at events including: Membership Meetings, Golf Outing, Awards, and  other social and networking events.

  • Membership Meetings
  • Golf Outing [more]

I need to showcase my talent and learn from other contractors who demonstrate their excellence...

Excellence in Landscape Awards Program - celebrating the best of exterior/interior, commercial/residential/multifamily/public works installation/maintenance projects by member landscape contractors. [more]

I need to feel part of a larger community of green industry professionals and learn from my peers in related fields...

Professional Alliances – ILCA maintains formal and informal relationships with a community of non-profit associations, regulatory departments, and government agencies.

I need to give back to my colleagues and use my talent to elevate the profession...

Volunteer Committees – Find a voice within ILCA on one of the numerous standing committees and task forces. Use your experiences to improve the membership of others. [more]

  • Awards Committee and Judges
  • Certification Committee
  • Design Committee
  • Education Committee 
  • Golf Outing Committee
  • Magazine Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Regulatory and Legislative Affairs Committee
  • Scholarship Committee
  • Student Outreach Committee
  • Summer Field Day Committee

I need to rely on trained professionals to point my company in the right direction...

Full-time Professional Staff – Use the expertise of our dedicated staff to maximize your membership experience. [more]

ILCA: Let Us Meet Your Needs

Membership Application (Electronic Submission)

Membership Application (printable PDF)

ILCA is the home for professional
landscape contractors:

Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) contractor members and employees thereof must possess technical competence and continue to maintain best practices through continuing education. The member must demonstrate sound business practices and conduct business legally, ethically, and compliant with professional rules and standards.

ILCA is pledged -

To serve as a forum for the free exchange of ideas among landscape contractors and their suppliers To carry out a broad-scale program of practical instruction for those engaged in landscaping, through special programs, meetings and publications.

To create a greater degree of public appreciation for the landscaping profession in Illinois and for those for whom it is a livelihood.

To encourage a high code of professional ethics as well as quality workmanship among landscape contractors.

To support legislation which is beneficial to landscape contractors and the general public, and to oppose that which is not.

Finally, to work for a greener, more beautiful Illinois.



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