In an industry where licensure is not required by law, certification is relevant and imperative. Certification as a Landscape Inspector demonstrates a commitment to professional development. Earning this prestigious credential is proof of knowledge and professional training. To become Certified, applicants must meet eligibility criteria, pass a rigorous, comprehensive written exam, and are required to satisfy continuing education standards to maintain certification.
Pride in the distinction as Certified Landscape Inspector is merited. The examination, designed to evaluate applicants’ knowledge and training in 5 domains, isn’t easy! The rewards of certification include increased credibility, recognition, and the potential for higher earnings. Many agencies include Landscape Inspector Certification as a requirement for bidding on work.
Certified Landscape Inspectors help the green industry to regulate itself by setting and maintaining professional standards and providing education to the public.
Certification establishes minimum levels of competency to distinguish qualified, knowledgeable industry professionals. By becoming Certified, an individual demonstrates his or her voluntary commitment to exemplary skills, abilities, technical practice and continuing professional development.
Applicant must have a college degree in a related landscape field with two years of practical landscape experience; or a minimum of five years of verifiable practical landscape experience in the landscape industry.
Acceptable practical landscape experience includes: working in the landscape industry where knowledge and hands-on performance of landscape plan review, landscape installation, landscape maintenance, irrigation, plant identification, insect identification, grading of landscape material, and tree pruning, etc. are daily, hands-on tasks.
|Review Date:||Friday, February 28, 2020 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm|
|Test Date:||Friday, March 6, 2020 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm|
|Review & Test Location:||UF/IFAS Extension Palm Beach County
559 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
To be considered for Certification, applicants must submit the following verifiable proof of eligibility:
- completed application (available here)
- three current professional references
Applications are strictly reviewed for completeness. Incomplete applications may not be accepted.
Application Fees for 2020 (include Study manual, Review day, Proctored exam. The non-member fee also includes a one (calendar) year LIAF membership.):
- LIAF Member $175.00
- Non-Member $230.00
Checks are to be made payable to: Landscape Inspectors Association of Florida.
LIAF – Exam
4611 South University Drive, Suite 174
Davie, Florida 33328
Once the applicant has been approved, the study manual will be shipped to the address provided by the applicant.