Technician

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The Landscape Industry Certified Technician program allows individuals to demonstrate their competency in a variety of industry tasks. Individuals must pass all exam questions, written and hands-on, in their chosen specialty to earn the Landscape Industry Certified designation.


Testing includes both written exams and hands-on tests. Certification candidates rotate through timed hands-on stations supervised by one or more judges where they demonstrate skills in real life scenarios. Candidates are judged on work methods, adherence to best practices and safety protocols.

Candidates must pass the written exam and every hands-on station within their chosen specialty to become a Landscape Industry Certified Technician. Not successful at a certain hands-on station or written exam? No problem. Retake that section when you are ready.

Anyone is eligible to take the Landscape Industry Certified Technician exam. For the best chance at success, it is recommended candidates have a minimum of 2,000 hours of landscape or horticultural industry experience.

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Hardscape Installation

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Written Tests

  • Common Core
  • Hardscape Plan Reading
  • Hardscape Principles and Calculations

Hands-On Tests

  • Chainsaw
  • Grading and Drainage
  • Instrument
  • Paver Installation
  • Skid Steer Operation
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Softscape Installation

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Written Tests

  • Common Core
  • Softscape Plan Reading
  • Softscape Horticultural Principles
  • Irrigation Components

Hands-On Tests

  • Plant Identification
  • Basic Program Controller
  • Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment
  • Tree Planting and Staking
  • Sod Installation
  • Plant Layout
  • Rototiller
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Ornamental Maintenance

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Written Tests

  • Common Core
  • Irrigation Components and Priciples
  • Ornamental Maintenance Horticultural Principles
  • Ornamental Maintenance Calculations

Hands-On Tests

  • Plant Identification
  • Basic Program Controller
  • Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment
  • Tree Planting and Staking
  • Chainsaw
  • Power Blower
  • Pruning
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Turf Maintenance

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Written Tests

  • Common Core
  • Irrigation Components and Priciples
  • Turfgrass Maintenance Horticultural Principles
  • Turfgrass Maintenance Calculations

Hands-On Tests

  • Plant Identification
  • Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment
  • Power Blower
  • 21″ Mower
  • Intermidate Walk-Behind Mower
  • Riding Mower
  • Edger and Trimmer
  • Aerator
  • Turf Fertilizer
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