This exam is designed for lawn care practitioners looking to underscore their professionalism and commitment to best practices.


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This exam is designed for lawn care practitioners looking to underscore their professionalism and commitment to best practices.

  • Multiple-choice exam
  • Exam must be passed with a minimum score of 70%
  • Retakes allowed
  • 3 years to study and take the exam after registration

Exam Content

Number of Questions: 100
Time Allowed: 2 hours

  • Turfgrass, weed, pest and disease identification
  • Pest control strategies, economic impact and cultural practices
  • Ability to read labels, guidelines and calculate area to be treated (basic math skills)
  • Basic soil science and soil sampling
  • Application techniques
  • Environmental and weather impact on applied products
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Proper loading, accident procedures, reports and spill management
  • Vehicle and equipment maintenance
  • Sales and customer communications


Full Exam: $200 | Retakes: $50

Full Exam: $300 | Retakes: $75

*Additional fees required for roctorU computer-based testing as listed on the application.

Special Discounts

  • Group rates available. Call 800-395-2522.
  • Accredited Schools: 50% off full exam
  • Student Chapter Members (incl. faculty & student members): 25% off
  • Students Members (not affiliated w/accredited school or student chapter members): 10% off
  • New Graduate Members: 10% off

Special Test Accommodations

PLANET complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by offering candidates with documented disabilities the opportunity to request aids and services that do not fundamentally alter the assessment process. For special accommodations, call 800-395-2522.

Since joining PLANET, we have used the PLANET certification program as one of the standards by which we measure our technicians’ progress. Since rolling out the PLANET certification programs in 2012, we have seen a positive, competitive spirit come to life as never before. Our Lawn Care & Horticultural Technicians compete for the privilege to wear the PLANET certification patch.
— James F. Fanning, Landscape Industry Certified, Evergreen Lawn & Pest Management, Apopka, Florida


Study MaterialsIf you are comfortable with the exam content, little preparation is needed.  If you feel further preparation and review is needed, the following resources are suggested.

  • 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


Candidates have the following option to schedule an exam:

ProctorU - NALP's online proctoring service


Complete the application, and mail or fax to NALP with your payment. NALP accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa, or a check. Mailing address and fax number are provided on the application.


Recertification is a major component of a strong certification program. Certified individuals are required to submit 24 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) on a two-year cycle to maintain active status.


Upon successful completion of your certification exam, NALP will provide:

  • Certificate of achievement
  • Lapel pin
  • Wallet cards with good-through date
  • Press release for publicizing your accomplishment
  • Online toolkit with logos, marketing ideas and templates to help you promote your certification
  • Listing on the Honor Wall and company recognition at Find-a-Contractor


For questions or assistance, please call Margo Rash at 800-395-2522 or email