Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Technician – National

Why Certify?

Certification allows you to possess best practices on turfgrass, weed, pest and disease identification, pest control strategies, economic impact and cultural practices, ability to read labels, guidelines and calculate the area to be treated, basic soil science and soil sampling, application techniques, environmental and weather impact on applied products, regulatory compliance, proper loading, accident procedures, report and spill management, vehicle and equipment maintenance, sales and customer communications.

About the Exam

The Lawn Care Technician - National exam must be passed with a 70% or above to earn this designation.


Section Name        # of Questions         Time Allowed 
Full Exam   100      120 minutes

Study Materials

The Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Technician - National is a self-study program. NALP recommends the following reference materials for the Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Technician - National exam:

  • Refer to state pesticide handling guidelines and use “core manuals” provided by states to prepare technicians for the state licensing exam.
  • Check out websites of turf schools for popular lawn care books and materials.
  • Some popular books include Destructive Turf Insects by David J. Shetlar and Dr. Harry D. Niemczyk; Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases*, Third Edition, by Richard W. Smiley, Peter H. Dernoeden, and Bruce B. Clarke; Turfgrass Problems: Picture Clues and Management Options* by Eva Gussack and Frank S. Rossi, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University; Color Atlas of Turfgrass Diseases by Toshikazu Tani and James B. Beard; Turfgrass Management by A.J. Turgeon; Managing Turfgrass Pests by Thomas L. Watschke, Peter H. Dernoeden, and David J. Shetlar.
  • If you’ve taken and passed the Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Manager (CTP) exam offered through the University of Georgia, you might want to reference the program’s Principles of Turfgrass Management course book (not sold separately).
  • Other review publications: Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases 3rd Edition (Book and CD Set), SET-0001

Exam Fees

NALP Member

Full Exam: $200 | Retakes: $50 per section
Additional fees required for ProctorU; see exam registration

Non-Member

Full Exam: $300 | Retakes: $75 per section
Additional fees required for ProctorU; see exam registration


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