Landscape Industry Certified Exterior Technician

We’re impressed. Being a landscape technician takes a wealth of know-how. The certification process allows you to learn new things, brush up and demonstrate your knowledge on the installation and maintenance of turf grass, shrubs, trees and flowers; walkways, patios, outdoor lighting, and irrigation systems and water-features. Start your journey today!

Certification Process

Step 1.  Enroll
Step 2.  Purchase Study Materials
Step 3.  Study at Your Own Pace
Step 4.  Take the Exam at Your Convenience

Study Materials

The Landscape Industry Certified Exterior Technician is a self-study program. We recommend the following study materials for the exam. They can be purchased through the bookstore or during the online enrollment process.

About the Exam

The Technician-Exterior exam has five specialty areas to choose from: Softscape Installation, Hardscape Installation, Turf Maintenance, Ornamental Maintenance or Irrigation.

The exam includes the following sections:

Exam 1: Common Core

  • Communication
  • Safety and first-aid
  • Vehicle operation and safety
  • Tools and equipment
  • Basic math

Exam 2: Specialty - Select One
(click here for specialty details)

  • Softscape installation
  • Hardscape installation
  • Irrigation
  • Ornamental maintenance
  • Turf maintenance

Exam Fees

NALP Member

Full Exam: $445*
Includes Enrollment + Proctor fees



Full Exam: $545 
Includes Enrollment + Proctor fees