Frequently Asked Questions

Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Exterior Testing Change

Why is the Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Exterior program changing its testing method?


Currently, the Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Exterior test is given via a written and hands-on testing method that is delivered by 15 state licensee partners. The test is not available in the other 35 states, making it expensive and difficult for every landscape professional to get a Technician-Exterior certification.

After extensive review, a panel of experts deemed it necessary to remove the barriers to access and make the testing readily available to everyone.

When will the new testing begin being administered?


Beginning January 1, 2020, the Landscape Certified Technician-Exterior test will be available online through the National Association of Landscape Professionals, enabling people to access it from anywhere.

When will the current test method be discontinued?


People who are currently pursuing the Technician Exterior certification with a state licensee must complete the hands-on and written testing by December 31, 2019. Contact your state partner to determine available test times.

What if I am in the process of studying for the exam?


If you are in the process of studying for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Exterior exam, you can either complete the testing process by December 31, 2019, or if you haven’t completed your certification by that time, you can register to take the online exam through NALP (regular exam fees will apply.) Speak with your state testing licensee to confirm testing times prior to the end of 2019.

Will the new online test be testing on the same materials as the current written and hands-on test?


The new online testing process will test the same skills and knowledge as the current test.

I already have the Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Exterior certification. Is my certification still valid?


Yes. If you are currently certified, then there is no change. Your certification is still completely valid. You should pursue your recertification CEUs with NALP as normal.