Establish credentials by meeting international standards for safe and effective operation of
tools, equipment, and machinery, and demonstrating a thorough understanding of all the
facets of your job.

Certification is an important tool for all landscape companies.  That's why the Landscape
Industry Certified Technician program deserves your attention. A Landscape Industry
Certified Technician is a landscape professional who has been certified through an
internationally supported testing program, administered by the National Association of
Landscape Professionals (previously PLANET) and licensed to Ohio - a partnership consisting
of OSU ATI,ONLA, and OLA.

Landscape supervisors, foremen, and field technicians who are certified as Landscape
Industry Certified Technicians are recognized as qualified professionals.  This can mean
better wages and enhanced profits as the public becomes more aware of the meaning of
doing business with a certified professional.  International certification gives companies a
way of meeting increased consumer demand for professional landscaping.
2019 TESTING DATES

WRITTEN TEST DATES
Wed, Feb. 13, 2019
NEW TEST TAKERS & RETAKES
9:30 am (OSU ATI, Wooster)
Application Deadline: 2/1/19

Tues, Mar. 19, 2019
NEW TEST TAKERS & RETAKES
9:30 am (ONLA, Westerville)
Application Deadline: 3/1/19

Thurs Apr. 18, 2019
NEW TEST TAKERS & RETAKES
9:30 am (OLA Broadview Heights, OH)
Application Deadline: 4/1/19

Wed, Aug. 7, 2019
NEW TEST TAKERS & RETAKES
2:30 pm (OSU ATI, Wooster)
Application Deadline: 6/1/19

HANDS-ON TEST DATE
Thurs, Aug. 8, 2019
FULL TEST RETAKES AND NEW TESTERS
Day-long (OSU ATI, Wooster)
Application Deadline: 6/1/19

The dates listed above are the final confirmed test dates in
Ohio. Tentatively, Ohio is holding August 9th, 2019 as an
additional retake-only test date. This will be confirmed as
time allows.
Technician certification testing is a full-day event. There are 5 designations to choose from:

  • Softscape Installation
  • Hardscape Installation
  • Turf Maintenance
  • Ornamental Maintenance
  • Irrigation
The applicant selects a specialty designation and takes a series of written and hands-on
test problems.  Each problem has a time limit set for its completion.  During the hands-on
testing, the candidate is judged on practices and safety ideals.  

Applicants must pass every problem to become certified.  Candidates may retest the
problems needed at any state's test.  It is recommended, but not required, that
candidates have at least one year work experience before taking the test.  Additional
designations can be taken at future test dates.

PREPARING FOR THE TEST
Study guide manuals are available in three subject areas - Installation, Maintenance, and
Irrigation - in both English and Spanish.  To order a study manual(s), call OSU/ATI at
1-800-647-8283 or download the study guide manual order form (link located above).

For more information about the Landscape Industry Certified Technician - Exterior program,
to order study manuals, or to register for the exams, please contact our test administrators,
Jan Elliott or Kim Sayers, at the Ohio State ATI Business Training and Educational Services
office at 330-287-7511 or 330-287-0100.
   
To maintain the active status of your certification, you are required to report 24 Continuing
Education Units (CEUs) every two years.  For additional information on NALP's recertification
guidelines and what constitutes a CEU, please click on the link below.

NALP - RECERTIFICATION HOME
SOFTSCAPE INSTALLATION
Written Tests
Common Core, Softscape Plan Reading, Softscape Horticultural Principles, Irrigation
Components
Hands-On Tests
Plant ID, Sod Installation, Basic Program Controller, Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment,
Tree Planting and Staking, Plant Layout, Rototiller Operation

HARDSCAPE INSTALLATIONS
Written Tests
Common Core, Hardscape Plan Reading, Hardscape Principles and Calculations
Hands-On Tests
Chainsaw, Grading and Drainage, Instrument, Paver Installation, Skid Steer Operation

TURF MAINTENANCE
Written Tests
Common Core, Turfgrass Horticultural Principles, Turfgrass Calculations, Irrigation
Components and Principles
Hands-On Tests
Basic Program Controller, Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment, 21" Mower, Intermediate
Walk-Behind Mower, Riding Mower, Edger and Trimmer, Power Blower, Aerator, Turf Fertilizer

ORNAMENTAL MAINTENANCE
Written Tests
Common Core, Ornamental Maintenance Horticultural Principles, Ornamental
Maintenance Calculations, Irrigation Components and Principles
Hands-On Test
Plant ID, Basic Program Controller, Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment, Tree Planting and
Staking, Power Blower, Chainsaw, Pruning

IRRIGATION
Written Tests
Common Core, Advanced Irrigation Components and Principles, Irrigation Plan Reading,
Basic Horticultural Principles
Hands-On Tests
Advanced Program Controller, Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment, Lateral Installation,
Mainline Installation, Valve Repair, Valve Wiring, Pipe Installation Equipment
Why become landscape industry certified?
Quick Information
TESTING PROCEDURE
RECERTIFICATION
Designations
EDUCATION
EVENTS
GOLF OUTING
Ohio Landscape Association
9240 Broadview Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147
440-717-0002
Toll Free: 800-335-6521
RENEW MEMBERSHIP
SAFETY
SCHOLARSHIPS
CERTIFICATION FORMS
The following forms are for the 2019 tests:
TEST APPLICATION
TRAINING MANUAL ORDER FORM
EVENT SPONSORSHIP
Industry Certified Technician Sponsor in Ohio. For
more info,
CLICK HERE.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recently announced changes
to the Landscape Industry Certified – Technician Exterior (LIC-T) program that significantly
influence the testing options in Ohio. As of January 2020, the hands-on components of the
technician certification exam will be eliminated. The exam will be revised and
administered completely online, with more information to come from NALP.

What this means for you is you have until December, 2019, to successfully complete any
tests you need to pass in order to achieve your certification. After that date, if you have
not passed any portion of the test, you will need to take the new online exam, in its
entirety, in order to become Landscape Industry Certified through NALP.

While hands-on testing is permitted until December, 2019, such testing will be extremely
difficult in Ohio over the winter months. Please know that the Ohio LIC-T test partnership
members have agreed to do whatever we can to help you successfully complete your
retake tests and achieve your Landscape Industry Certified Technician status by the end of
this year. To that end, we have committed to offering additional hands-on retake tests
throughout 2019 if needed, so that you have multiple opportunities to complete your
certification testing before the end of 2019.

For additional Information about testing, registration, or to obtain study materials, please
visit
LandscapeCertifiedOhio.org, or call the Ohio State ATI at 330.287.7511, or 330.287.0100.
Changes are coming to the Landscape Industry Certified
Technician's Test