STAND OUT, get certified.

Landscape Industry Certified Technician

ALCC is licensed by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (formerly PLANET) to offer the testing for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician designation. The same test is administered to exacting standards internationally. The Landscape Industry Certified Technician program allows individuals in the landscape industry to establish a personal performance benchmark that is recognized throughout the United States and Canada. When an individual earns certification, it demonstrates that he or she knows certain landscape concepts and can perform a variety of industry tasks to specific standards. 

What is the Landscape Industry Certified Technician test?
The certification test for exterior technicians consists of both written and hands-on problems. The hands-on portion is a half-day event. The test is made up of hands-on skills demonstrations performed at a test site which approximates "real life" scenarios. There is also a timed written component made up of questions with multiple choice answers. The written component is offered on a different day from the hands-on testing date. The candidate selects a specialty area (Softscape Installation, Hardscape Installation, Turf Maintenance, Ornamental Maintenance or Irrigation) to achieve the designation in and is judged on work methods, adherence to best practices and safety ideals.

New for 2019 - The Landscape Industry Certified Technician testing is changing.
As of Jan. 1, 2020, the current combination of hands-on and written tests will be eliminated. A new exam will be created and administered online and through remote proctoring.

Applicants who have already taken the written and/or hands-on exams and are eligible to re-take any portion of the exam will have opportunities to re-test. However, that eligibility window ends Dec. 31, 2019. After that date, anyone who has not passed the test will be required to take the new exam in its entirety.

ALCC will accept new and retake candidates for 2019 test dates, however, candidates will need to take and pass all of the required exams in their current form to obtain the Landscape Industry Certified Technician designation. Anyone who has not passed the tests as of Dec. 31, 2019 will be required to take the new exam in its entirety.

View additional FAQs about the change here.

2019 Testing Opportunities

Registration has closed for 2019 test dates. If you are interested in taking Landscape Industry Certified Technician tests, you can review the nationwide testing calendar to identify another location that offers testing dates this year.

Helpful Links and Documents
Specialty areas (test problems list) (pdf)
Plant list - applicable for Ornamental Maintenance and Softscape Installation (pdf)
Landscape Training Manuals - study material

Still have questions? See our FAQs or contact Melissa Emdin at 720 307-5092.

Thank you to our 2019 Test Sponsors!
Maintenance Module - The L.L. Johnson Distributing Company
Irrigation Module - Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply
Installation Module - Wagner Equipment and Wagner Rents
Program Sponsors: Alameda Wholesale Nursery, SECURA Insurance

Tools/materials Sponsors - Alameda Wholesale Nursery, All Phase Landscape, Aurora Public Schools, CPS Distributors, Inc., DBC Irrigation Supply, Designscapes Colorado, Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply, Intermountain STIHL, Horizon Turf Nursery, Pickens Technical College, S & B Porta Bowl Restrooms, The L.L. Johnson Distributing Company, Wagner Equipment and Wagner Rents