It is an educationally-based program which is primarily dedicated to the landscape lighting design profession.
It will serve its membership by:
ELLI is a ‘for-profit’ entity, which means that we pay our staff and instructor team. Most organizations operate within a ‘volunteer’ structure to provide content and support—this is a negative over the long-term, due to burn-out. Volunteers are just that…most just fill a position regardless of experience or specialty skills. ELLI is different, as it seeks out individuals who are highly skilled for their role. We want our members to thrive and advance quickly.
ELLI offers a mix of educational training opportunities related to design, business, and lighting applications. Much of our training is new to the profession—concepts and practices that have been developed to a much deeper level. Most landscape lighting design programs are recycling old concepts. We believe it’s well past the time to progress, so that betterment in the trade practices can occur.
The advantage to ELLI over the competition is that we are focused on “education”—we will provide continuous training opportunities whereas the others are limited or offer their programs only once or twice per year. ELLI provides four (4) types of learning/education:
The first question you should ask is, “Do I want to advance my knowledge and/or skills?” If your answer is ‘yes’, then are you willing to take your education and studies seriously? How serious are you to progress to a higher, more proficient level? Those serious enough will commit to this process and they are willing to invest into themselves. As you know, education and training are not free. The ELLI training should be considered like going to college—you are investing your hard-earned time and money to achieve advancement. ELLI is structured to align participants down a path that progresses and develops proficiency.
The second question you should ask yourself is, “Why not be a member?” All one must do is to simply review the benefits of other trade-related organizations and associations. Most of the so-called benefits by others aren’t that great. The benefits that ELLI provides are much more substantial where you can see a real return on investment. In fact, you will easily pay for the small membership fee in a short time just by attending a monthly offering or taking advantage of course discounts.
Your membership fee goes to providing for three things: 1) to support our operational costs, 2) to provide for the betterment of the next generation of landscape lighting designers, and 3) to continue to develop high-quality educational content.
As mentioned before, ELLI is a ‘proactive’ entity which means we will act to engage our educational offerings. The landscape lighting design community and profession needs a strong leader to establish a foundation of control (expectations, standards, and practices). In addition, it needs a strong voice to provide understanding and hope for the future.
There are many benefits to being a member of ELLI. Benefits can only be received if you are willing to participate in them. It matters not if you’re a brand-new practitioner of this trade or a highly seasoned professional—everyone “will” gain value from this program. The following list identifies the ELLI benefits:
The following types of members will be arranged through our ELLI administrator–call or email at: (916) 532-9699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: All membership types will be verified for acceptance.
Note: All membership types will be verified of status before acceptance.
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