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National Certification: Landscape Industry Certified

Certification is an important part of any landscape company. That’s why the Landscape Industry Certification program deserves your attention. A  Landscape Industry Certified Technician is a landscape professional who has been certified through a national “hands-on” testing program licensed to state organizations and developed by National Association of Landscape Professionals (previously PLANET) . The ONLA has teamed with the Ohio Landscapers Association (OLA) and the Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) to bring this program to Ohio. 

Landscape contractor supervisors, foremen, and field technicians who are certified as Landscape Industry Certified are recognized as qualified professionals. This can mean better wages and enhanced profits as the public becomes more aware of the benefits of doing business with a certified professional. National certification gives companies a way of meeting increased consumer demand for professional landscaping. 

The program sponsored by Ohio now has five specializations: Irrigation, Hardscape Installation, Softscape Installation, Turf Maintenance & Ornamental Maintenance.

2016 Exam Schedule 

Written tests

  • January 12, 2016           CENTS, Columbus

  • January 28, 2016           Ohio State ATI, Wooster

  • February 9, 2016            OLA, Broadview Heights

  • February 16, 2016         Thornton’s Landscape, Maineville

  • July 20, 2016                Ohio State ATI, Wooster

  • October 4, 2016            Ohio State ATI, Wooster

Hands-on portion

  • July 21, 2016 (Ohio State ATI, Wooster)

    For further information about the Landscape Industry Certified program, to order study manuals, or to register for the exams, contact the Business Training & Educational Services at Ohio State ATI at (330) 287-7511 or 

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