Testing Procedure
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.
Hands-on Test Date
2014 Test is now complete
2015 Information COMING SOON

Registration Deadline
2014 Test is now complete
2015 Information COMING SOON
Quick Information
Hands-on Test Date
2014 Test is now complete
2015 Test information COMING SOON

Registration Deadline
2015 Deadline information COMING SOON

Written Portion Offered
October 7, 2014 - Wooster

Important Forms
The following forms are from the 2014 test and are ONLY
meant as a reference for anyone interested in the 2015 test.
2015 forms and information COMING SOON
Test Application
Re-Take Test Application
Training Manual Order Form
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
  • 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.

Or visit our dedicated Certification website
www.landscapecertifiedohio.org        
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 PLANET's recertification guidelines and what constitutes a CEU, please
click on the link below.

PLANET - Recertification Home

Recertification Requirements Sheet

CEU Submission Form
Ohio Landscape Industry Certified Technician Test
2014 Test Dates
Recertification
PLANET Recertification
Designations
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 Installation
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 Tests:
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
Written Portion Offered
Oct. 7, 2014 - Wooster