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.
2016 TESTING DATES
Hands-on Test Date
July 21, 2016 - Wooster

Registration Deadline
May 18, 2016

Written Portion Offered
Jan. 12, 2016 (CENTS, Columbus)
Jan. 28, 2016 (OSU/ATI, Wooster)
Feb. 9, 2016 (OLA, Broadview Hts.)
Feb. 16, 2016 (Thornton's Landscape, Maineville)
July 20, 2016 (OSU/ATI, Wooster)
July 21, 2016 (OSU/ATI, Wooster)
Oct. 4, 2016 (OSU/ATI, Wooster)

Important Forms
The following forms are for the 2016 tests:
TEST APPLICATION
RE-TAKE TEST APPLICATION
TRAINING MANUAL ORDER FORM
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.

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 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
Ohio Landscape Association
9240 Broadview Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147
440-717-0002
Toll Free: 800-335-6521