Testing Procedure
Retake Information
Preparing for the Test
Ohio Test Dates & Locations
Register for the Test
Designation & Test Problems

Testing Procedure
  To become a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, candidates must pass a series of written and hands-on test problems specific to their chosen specialty. There are five (5) specialty designations to choose from.

• Softscape Installation
• Hardscape Installation
• Turf Maintenance
• Ornamental Maintenance
• Irrigation
The hands-on test is a full-day event. It is given in Ohio once per year at our permanent test site on the campus of The Ohio State University ATI in Wooster. Written test components are given several times throughout the year at various locations around the state.

Hands-on test problems are designed to demonstrate skills that approximate "real life" scenarios that a landscape technician would encounter in the field. Test problems are performed on the test site in front of a non-partial judge and must be completed within a set time limit. The candidate is judged on industry best practices and safety ideals.

It is recommended, but not required, that candidates have at least one year (2,000 hours) of work experience before taking the test.

Additional specialty designations are encouraged and can be taken at future tests.
Retake Information
Candidates may retake missed problems at any state's test – it is not necessary to retake the entire test. Click the link below to view a list of other states that offer the Landscape Industry Certified Technician test.

Retake Application Form

NALP Testing Locations and Dates
LANDSCAPE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS
Preparing For The Test
Study manuals are available in three subject areas - Installation, Maintenance, and Irrigation - in both English and Spanish. To order a study manual(s), call Ohio State ATI at 330-287-7511 or download the study manual order form.

Training Manual Order Form
Test Dates and Locations
January 17, 2017 at 8:00 am (Register by 12/28/16)
January 26, 2017 at 9:00 am (Register by 1/5/17)
February 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Register by 1/19/17)
February 16, 2017 at 9:00 am (Register by 1/26/17)
July 19, 2017 at 2:30 pm (Register by 5/19/17)
July 20, 2017 (Register by 5/19/17)
October 3, 2017 at 9:00 am (Register by 9/12/17
October 10, 2017 at 9:00 am (Register by 9/12/17) )
Written Test
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FULL TEST
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MGIX (formerly CENTS), Columbus
Ohio State ATI, Wooster
OLA, Broadview Heights
Thornton’s Landscape, Maineville
Ohio State ATI, Wooster
Ohio State ATI, Wooster
Ohio State ATI, Wooster
OLA, Broadview Heights
Register for the Test
To register for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician test, please complete the test application and return it with payment to the Ohio State ATI – Business Training & Education Services, 1625 Wilson Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691. Upon completion of registration, you will be mailed a confirmation, test book, and plant list to help you prepare for the test.

Please note that the hands-on test typically sells out before the registration deadline, so don't delay!

Application Form
Retake Application Form
Training Manual Order Form
Designations and Test Problems Required
SOFTSCAPE INSTALLATION
Written Test Problems:
• Common Core (60 min.)
• Softscape Plan Reading (45 min.)
• Softscape Horticultural Principles (30 min.)
• Irrigation Components (15 min.)
Hands-on Test Problems:
• Plant Identification (35 min.)
• Basic Program Controller (15 min.)
• Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment (35 min.)
• Tree Planting and Staking (35 min.)
• Sod Installation (35 min.)
• Plant Layout (35 min.)
• Rototiller (15 min.)
HARDSCAPE INSTALLATION
Written Test Problems:
• Common Core (60 min.)
• Hardscape Plan Reading (45 min.)
• Hardscape Principles and Calculations (45 min.)
Hands-on Test Problems:
• Chainsaw (15 min.)
• Grading & Drainage (35 min.)
• Instrument (15 min.)
• Paver Installation (80 min.)
• Skid Steer Operation (35 min.)
TURF MAINTENANCE
Written Test Problems:
• Common Core (60 min.)
• Irrigation Components and Principles (30 min.)
• Turfgrass Maintenance Principles (30 min.)
• Turfgrass Maintenance Calculations (30 min.)
Hands-on Test Problems:
• Basic Program Controller (15 min.)
• Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment (35 min.)
• Power Blower (15 min.)
• 21" Mower (15 min.)
• Intermediate Walk Behind Mower (15 min)
• Riding Mower (15 min)
• Edger & Trimmer (15 min)
• Aerator (15 min.)
• Turf Fertilizer (15 min.)
ORNAMENTAL MAINTENANCE
Written Test Problems:
• Common Core (60 min.)
• Irrigation Components and Principles (30 min)
• Ornamental Maintenance Horticultural Principles (30 min.)
• Ornamental Maintenance Calculations (30 min.)
Hands-on Test Problems:
• Plant Identification (35 min.)
• Basic Program Controller (15 min.)
• Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment (35 min.)
• Tree Planting and Staking (35 min.)
• Chainsaw (15 min.)
• Power Blower (15 min.)
• Pruning (35 min.)
IRRIGATION
Written Test Problems:
• Common Core (60 min.)
• Advanced Irrigation Components and Principles (45 min.)
• Irrigation Plan Reading (30 min.)
• Basic Horticultural Principles (15 min.)
Hands-on Test Problems:
• Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment (35 min.)
• Advanced Program Controller (15 min.)
• Lateral Installation (35 min.)
• Mainline Installation (35 min.)
• Valve Repair (35 min.)
• Valve Wiring (35 min.)
• Pipe Installation Equipment (35 min.)