This exam is designed for exterior or interior landscape contractor business owners or managers, or those on the management fast-track.



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“The [Landscape Industry Certified Manager] certification is an important achievement for Lawn Patrol Service Inc. The certification demonstrates our company is reputable to employees and clients, and is recognized by a national organization. In addition, the personal development I gained is immeasurable and I have no doubt it will be a benefit for years to come. This certification is a must for every owner and management level personnel in the landscaping Industry.”

--Michael Conley, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, Co-Owner of Lawn Patrol Service Inc., Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas – an NALP Member


This exam is designed for exterior or interior landscape contractor business owners or managers, or those on the management fast-track.

  • Multiple-choice exam
  • Full exam contains seven sections – all sections must be passed to earn this designation
  • Flexibility to test by full exam or by section
  • Each section must be passed with a minimum score of 70%
  • Retakes allowed
  • 3 years to study and take the exam after registration

Exam Content

  • Corporate Finance: #Questions: 70 | Time Allowed: 90 min.
  • Exterior Production/Operation & Hort.: #Questions: 25 | Time Allowed: 30 min.
  • Interior Production/Operation & Hort.: #Questions: 60 | Time Allowed: 45 min.
  • Human Resources: #Questions: 55 | Time Allowed: 45 min.
  • Leadership and Corporate Citizenship: #Questions: 45 | Time Allowed: 30 min.
  • Marketing and Sales Management: #Questions: 55 | Time Allowed: 30 min.
  • Risk, Law & Contracts: #Questions: 20 | Time Allowed: 15 min.
  • Strategic Planning: #Questions: 30 | Time Allowed: 30 min.


NALP Member
Full Exam: $300 | Per Section: $75 (max $300) | Retakes: $50 per section

Full Exam: $400 | Per Section: $100 (no max) | Retakes: $75 per section

* Additional fees required for ProctorU 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

NALP 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.


This is a self-study program. NALP recommends, but does not require, these study materials for the Landscape Industry Certified Manager exam. Books may be purchased individually or by the set. Study materials can also be used as in-house training and reference resources.

Study Materials

Study MaterialsExterior Manager

Interior Manager

The Manager Exam Mini-Prep Session

Presented by Phil Allen, Ph.D., Landscape Industry Certified Manager, Brigham Young University
PlaySeparate yourself from the pack by becoming a Landscape Industry Certified Manager (formerly CLP). Renowned instructor Phil Allen can give you pointers on how to earn this distinction of excellence. This fast-paced, exam mini-prep session will hit the highlights and give you a general overview of this certification. Whether you're a student looking to get a head start on your career or a green industry business owner, manager, or supervisor looking to certify your knowledge and skills, this jam-packed study session is for you

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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 800-395-2522 or email