Registered Master Landscapers (RML), previously known as the Landscaping Industry Association of New Zealand (LIANZ), has been officially representing the landscaping industry since 1985 with a mission to promote professionalism and quality trade practice.
“It is perceived that any builder can take on hard landscaping; some can and do it well,” says director of Humphreys Landscaping Ltd and RML board member, Scott Humphreys.
“The important thing to consider though is that most hard landscaping is designed and built to contain plants or lawns, and requires the knowledge of skilled landscapers to plan for this and allow for irrigation and drainage to ensure that it functions properly.”
Landowners can access a local landscaping professional by accessing the RML website. All accredited members of Registered Master Landscapers are able to provide professional advice and relevant services.
The recent change of name reflects the interest of late in the organisation’s membership and awards, and the consequent, noticeable, industry-wide improvement of standards in relation to construction methods and associated regulation, the quality of available materials, and health and safety practices.
RML has branches across New Zealand and actively recruits members based on an assessment of their standard of work.
Members are bound by RML’s Constitution, Code of Conduct, Environmental Policy and Complaints Procedure, ensuring professional business practices are carried out with integrity at all times.
The various membership options offered by Registered Master Landscapers provide benefits, information and support tailored to the needs of different professionals within the industry:
- Student/apprenticeship membership
- Accredited membership
- General membership
- Allied membership
- Affiliate membership.
Members are accredited by assessment of their work and documentation can be endorsed in any combination of landscape design, landscape construction, landscape horticulture, landscape maintenance, and landscape contract management.
They are required to submit a number of projects indicative of the services they perform in their business. Independent professionals who are qualified in the specific field(s) are employed by RML to then assess these projects before additional checks and a decision can be made.
Registered Master Landscapers celebrates and awards excellence in the landscaping industry through its biennial awards programme. The event highlights projects that members have been involved in where the quality of work has been outstanding.
Scott says this year they have had a large increase in the number of entries and the quality of work is “outstanding”. The results of 2018’s awards will be known in early July.
Registered Master Landscapers also encourages the next generation of landscaping professionals through its annual Young Landscaper of the Year competition.
Registered Master Landscapers
PO Box 5523 Auckland
1141 0508 44 345