Certification Testing

The Landscape Industry Certified Technician is a national designation received through a hands-on testing program exclusively administered in Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association (WLCA) in conjunction with the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). Certification seeks to recognize proficiency in the landscape workforce, upgrade the status of the landscape professional, and provide the public with a means of identifying qualified landscape professionals.


The Landscape Industry Certified Technician program is designed for employees in the industry who are involved in the technical application of skill and knowledge. Landscape Industry Certified Technician applicants must pass a written exam in addition to a hands-on, skills demonstration test performed at a test site that approximates real-life scenarios. The applicant selects a specialty area and is judged on work methods, adherence to best practices and safety ideals. Download the complete program brochure.


WLCA has been offering the Certification Test since 1996. The test is held annually in September and a hands-on orientation program is offered in August to help applicants prepare for test day.

There are 4 certifications available:

(applicants will receive certification in only one of the four during a test cycle)

  1. Softscape Installation
  2. Hardscape Installation
  3. Turf Maintenance
  4. Ornamental Maintenance

How do I become certified?

To become a Landscape Industry Certified Technician a candidate must pass all the problems within the written Common Core exam plus all the problems within a given specialty:


Softscape or Hardscape Installation or Turf of Ornamental Maintenance. Each exam is a combination of written and hands-on problems based on national industry standards plus safety-related issues.

Eligibilty for Testing

Anyone is eligible to take the exam, but it is recommended that applicants have one or more of the following: 

  • 4,000 hours of work in the landscape industry
  • 2,000 hours of work in the landscape industry, plus the successful completion of a two-year or four-year curriculum in the landscape field
  • 1,000 hours of work in the landscape industry, plus the successful completion of a two-year or four-year curriculum in the landscape field, plus the completion of an approved internship program


Testing will be held at MATC (Milwaukee Area Technical College) in Mequon, WI on Saturday, September 15, 2018.


Registration deadline: August 31, 2018  Click here for a PDF you can mail or fax for registration.


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