Landscape Industry Certified Technician

LCA is licensed by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (formerly PLANET) to offer the testing for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician designation. The same test is administered to exacting standards internationally. The Landscape Industry Certified Technician program allows individuals in the landscape industry to establish a personal performance benchmark that is recognized throughout the United States and Canada. When an individual earns certification, it demonstrates that he or she knows certain landscape concepts and can perform a variety of industry tasks to specific standards.

What is the Landscape Industry Certified Technician test?
The certification test for exterior technicians consists of both written and hands-on problems. The hands-on portion is a half-day event. The test is made up of hands-on skills demonstrations performed at a test site which approximates "real life" scenarios. There is also a timed written component made up of questions with multiple choice answers. The written component is offered on a different day from the hands-on testing date. The candidate selects a specialty area (Softscape Installation, Hardscape Installation, Turf Maintenance, Ornamental Maintenance or Irrigation) to achieve the designation in and is judged on work methods, adherence to best practices and safety ideals.

New for 2019—The Landscape Industry Certified Technician testing is changing.
As of January 1, 2020, the current combination of hands-on and written tests will be eliminated. A new exam will be created and administered online and through remote proctoring.

Applicants who have already taken the written and/or hands-on exams and are eligible to re-take any portion of the exam will have opportunities to re-test. However, that eligibility window ends December 31, 2019. After that date, anyone who has not passed the test will be required to take the new exam in its entirety.

View additional FAQs about the change here

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recently announced changes to the Landscape Industry Certified—Technician Exterior program. Here are some frequently asked questions:

Q. Does this mean the Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT) certification designation is going away?

A. The LICT certification designation is not going away. What is changing is the way that the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), the owner of the certification exam, will be testing and granting LICT status. What is changing is how the exam is given and what questions are asked.


Q. What does this change mean for exam candidates?

A. The current exam will expire on Dec. 31, 2019. Candidates will have to complete the program and pass all sections (the whole exam) before this date. Otherwise, they will have to take the new exam in full in order to become Landscape Industry Certified.


Q. Will I be able to “carry over” modules of the current exam that I have passed and apply that to the new exam?

A. Per NALP, no.


Q. Will the questions from the current exam be used for the new exam?

A. NALP states they are reviewing all the exam questions and may or may not choose to use current questions for the new exam.


Q. What happens if I do not complete my certification before the deadline?

A. If you do not pass both the written and hands-on exams by Dec. 31, 2019, you will have to take the new exam in full in order to become Landscape Industry Certified.


Q. Can I get a refund for exams that I have already taken?

A. No refunds are being issued for tests that have already been taken.


Q. What will the new exam be?

A. Per NALP, the new exam will be an online exam that will be administered through remote proctoring.


Q. How will my employees demonstrate hands-on skill proficiency without a hands-on component of the test? 

A. LCA strongly believes in the importance of hands-on skills for the landscape technician profession. We are exploring options to incorporate hands-on training in our offerings.


Q. Can I take the exam in another state that offers it?

A. A full list of those out-of-state exam opportunities can be found on the NALP website.


Q. What happens if I already have my LICT certification?

A. If you already are certified, congratulations! No changes to how you recertify have been announced by NALP. You will still submit your CEUs and gain recertification through NALP as you do now.


Q. How will CEUs work going forward?

A. NALP has not announced any changes to how CEUs are submitted or applied when you renew your existing certification.


Q. What happens after Dec, 31, 2019?

A. As of January 1, 2020, your candidate information will be handed over to NALP (the owner of the certification exam), who will be administering the program from that point forward. They will be in touch with further instructions for how to take the new exam in 2020.


Q. Will LCA be involved with the new exam?

A. Currently, NALP is in the process of creating the new exam. Until LCA can do a thorough review of the new exam process and content, we cannot predict if or how LCA will be involved.


Q. Where can I find more information on this change?

A. You can read more information about this change on NALP's website.