Why Become Landscape Industry Certified?
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 Professional Landcare Network (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.
Please check back soon for the 2014 written and hands-on test dates.
The certification test for technicians is a full-day event. There are 5 designations
to choose from:
- Softscape Installation
- Hardscape Installation
- Turf Maintenance
- Ornamental Maintenance
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
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 CLT 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
Common Core, Softscape Plan Reading, Softscape Horticultural Principles, Irrigation Components
Plant ID, Sod Installation, Basic Program Controller, Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment, Tree Planting and Staking, Plant Layout, Rototiller
Common Core, Hardscape Plan Reading, Hardscape Principles and Calculations
Chainsaw, Grading and Drainage, Instrument, Paver Installation, Skid Steer Operation
Common Core, Turfgrass Horticultural Principles, Turfgrass Calculations, Irrigation Components and Principles
Basic Program Controller, Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment, 21" Mower, Intermediate Walk-Behind Mower, Riding Mower, Edger and
Trimmer, Power Blower, Aerator, Turf Fertilizer
Common Core, Ornamental Maintenance Horticultural Principles, Ornamental Maintenance Calculations, Irrigation Components and Principles
Plant ID, Basic Program Controller, Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment, Tree Planting and Staking, Power Blower, Chainsaw, Pruning
Common Core, Advanced Irrigation Components and Principles, Irrigation Plan Reading, Basic Horticultural Principles
Advanced Program Controller, Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment, Lateral Installation, Mainline Installation, Valve Repair, Valve Wiring, Pipe