Get Certified, Be Outstanding in Your Field – How to Become a Landscape Industry Certified Technician
NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals), formerly, PLANET, certification is an international hands-on testing program administered in Hawaii by the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii (LICH). The certification of landscapers raises the standards of the profession by recognizing proficiency in the landscape workforce, upgrading the status of individual landscaper professionals and providing employers and the public with a means of identifying qualified landscape professionals. NALP certification is now recognized in 28 states and Canadian provinces.
To see a list of all the Big Island landscapers who have been certified since the first test in 1999, click here
LICH offers four certifications for exterior landscapers
The landscape ornamental maintenance, turf maintenance, softscape installation and irrigation certification tests are administered by the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii Foundation (LICH-F) under a licensing agreement with the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), formerly PLANET. Landscape certification is awarded to those applicants who receive 70% or higher on all of the field problems and written exams.
Retakes (and the ‘3 Year Rule’)
An applicant can also be certified by retaking any missed problem(s) at a subsequent Certification test as long as the re-take is attempted within three years of the original test. If a candidate waits for more than three years, all Written and Field problems need to be taken again at the full registration fee. This ‘3 Year Rule’ does not apply to LICTs who wish to add another certification module.
In 2018, The Kona Test will offer certification tests for Ornamental Maintenance and Softscape Installation and Irrigation
Test Dates TBA
ETF Funds Available 2018!
Employment Training Funds are available in 2018.
1) Employers / Companies with a Federal ID# who want to register employees for an LICH Training Class or LICT Certification Exam.
2) Single person companies with a GE License
To qualify for ETF funding for a LICT Certification Test, you must take at least one LICH-LICT related class.
How to Qualify
Companies must fill out and sign an Employer Referral Agreement (click here) and submit it to the Department of labor by mail, fax or email two weeks before the class of test to which they are sending employees.
After getting notice that you qualify for ETF Funding, THEN send in the test registration form clearly marked ETF Registration (see below). Your test registration fee will be at half price.
Here you can download the document to apply for ETF Funding-
Common Core 60 minutes; Horticultural Principles 45 minutes; Ornamental Maintenance Calculations 30 minutes; Irrigation Components and Principles 30 minutes.
Plant ID, Basic Controller; Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment; Tree Planting and Staking; Pruning; Chainsaw; Blower.
Common Core 60 minutes; Turf Principles 30 minutes; Turf Calculations 30 minutes; ; Irrigation Components and Principles 30 minutes.
Basic Controller; Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment; Turf Fertilizer; 21” Mower; Intermediate Walk-Behind Mower; Riding Mower Edger/Trimmer; Aerator; Blower.
Common Core 60 min; Advanced Irrigation Components & Principles 45 min; Irrigation Plan Reading 30 min; Basic Horticultural Principles 15 min.
Advanced Controller; Lateral Repair & Head Adjustment; Lateral Instal; Mainline Install; Valve Repair; Valve Wiring; Trencher.
Common Core 60 min; Plan Reading 45 min; Softscape Horticultural Principles 30 min; Irrigation Components
Plant ID, Basic program Controller; Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment; Tree Planting and Staking; Sod Installation; Plant Layout; Rototiller
Note: If you are already certified in Ornamental Maintenance, you can achieve certification in Softscape Installation by taking only two Written tests (Plan Reading and Softscape Horticultural Principles) and three Field tests (Sod Installation, Plant Layout and Rototiller)!
Test Fees / $300 LICH Member / $375 LICH Non-Member for first certification test and $150 for an additional certification
ETF (Employment Training Fund) funding will be available in 2016. Employers and single owners with a GE License will be able to apply to have the ETF Program (a division of the Hawaii State Department of Labor) pay for 50% of class and test fees. Information on how to take advantage of this program will be available early in 2016.
Candidates can only test for one certification per test day but LICH offers tests each year on Hawaii, Maui and Oahu
- For existing Landscape Certified Technicians to add another certification the cost is $150 per test.
- The Certified Landscape Technician Program is not a state regulation or requirement.
Certification is not a substitute for a state landscape contractors license. The goals, subject matter and procedures of the national certification test are different from state licensing exams. Certification is not a substitute for any state issued pesticide licenses.
Kauai Test Dates / No Tests this year
Kona Test Dates / June 14 and 16, 2018
Oahu Test Dates / August 9 and 11, 2018
Maui Test Dates / September 6 and 8, 2018