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Course Name: Outdoor Entertainment Spaces: Kitchens, Fire Pits, and More
Course Code: AL0207WA23
Date of Most Recent Offering: February 28, 2023
Time: TBD am – TBD pm EST (Log-in time: TBD am EST)
Optional Outdoor Construction Days: TBD
Location: Online with optional hands-on days in New Brunswick, NJ
Format: Live, instructor-led online course with optional hands-on outdoor construction days on Rutgers New Brunswick campus
Registration Fee: $TBD per person
Early Bird Discount Fee: $TBD per person (expires TBD)
Registration Closes: TBD
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Payments should be made out to: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Checks and money orders should be mailed to: Office of Continuing Professional Education, Attn: Registration Dept., 102 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519
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This class is part of the Landscape Management II Certificate Program.
From opulent outdoor kitchens to expansive fire pits and fireplaces, outdoor living spaces offer a rare growth opportunity in the landscape market. Designing and installing them, however, requires a diverse set of skills – from weatherproof appliance and material selection to lighting and electrical work – that can challenge even experienced landscapers.
In this class, you’ll learn to create the kinds of outdoor entertainment spaces high-end clients want. Alex Burke will cover the planning, installation, and estimating processes you need to produce a quality job at a profitable price. Learn invaluable tips and tricks from an experienced contractor and expand your customer base into a more lucrative area.
Optional Outdoor Construction Days
If you attend this online class, you can also participate in the optional construction days March 30 and 31, 2023, on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus where you will build an actual paver project. Come and learn by doing, and get real hands-on experience!
Who Should Attend?
If you want to learn how to design and install beautiful and functional outdoor entertainment spaces, this class is for you! Past participants have included:
- Landscape Company Owners
- Landscape Designers
- Landscape Estimators
- Landscape Foremen
- Mason Contractors
- Project Managers
Meet Your Instructor
Alex Burke, Burke Environmental
Alex is a third generation horticulturalist. When he was in high school he started his first business, Burke Lawn Services, mainly doing lawn maintenance. While still in high school, Alex became one of the youngest people ever to get his pesticide license from the State of New Jersey. After high school, Alex went on to Rutgers University, Cook College, where he received a degree in Environmental Planning and Design, with a concentration on seashore environments. After Alex graduated in 2000, he incorporated his business under a new name, Burke Environmental. Burke Environmental was founded as a landscape design, installation, maintenance company with a focus on Jersey Shore properties.
As Burke Environmental grew, so did the services it began to offer. Alex got his irrigation license and became certified in concrete pavers and retaining wall construction. In 2008, Alex began co-teaching the installation of concrete pavers course for Rutgers University. Alex now teaches several continuing education courses for Rutgers and guest lectures for the Department of Landscape Architecture. He is also a certified instructor for the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). ICPI helps set the national standards for concrete pavers and is viewed as a nationally recognized certification. Alex is one of less than 75 ICPI instructors in all of North America.
“Alex [Burke] is incredibly knowledgeable about the design and build process and the landscape industry as a whole. His teaching method is very effective. Take this class if you want to master custom outdoor entertainment spaces!”
– Past Participant
“Very well-rounded coverage of topics.”
– Past Participant
On instructor Alex Burke: “Great teacher. Very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
The most recent offering of Outdoor Entertainment Spaces: Kitchens, Fire Pits, and More was approved for the following credits from professional organizations. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.
NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 5 Technical CEUs (DLGS Course #16377)
Course Requirements and Policies
This online course will be delivered via Zoom. On February 27, 2023, registrants will receive an email with a link to access the course. They will also receive a document with tips on how to use Zoom. On February 28, 2023, please log in to Zoom 30 minutes before the course start time for a brief overview of the online format. The course will start promptly at 9:00 am EST.
Equipment you will need to access this training:
- A computer, tablet, or smartphone
- Microphone is necessary if you’d like to ask questions
- Webcam is optional but not necessary
- Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)
A unique email address is required for each registrant to register and access our courses.
- If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.
- If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, your account must be updated with a unique email address. To do this, please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating that your email address needs to be changed and include:
- Your full name
- The shared email address that needs to be changed
- Your unique email address
- A phone number where you can be reached if we have any questions
Photo ID Requirement
Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.
- You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
- The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
- After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.
Cancellations and Substitutions
A $35 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
Program Questions? We’re Here to Help!
If you have any questions about Outdoor Entertainment Spaces: Kitchens, Fire Pits, and More, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano
For registration assistance, please contact our Registration Department at 848-932-9271, option 2 or email email@example.com.