Landscape Industry Certified Exam

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This year's exam has been CANCELED

About the New Exam | WALP 2018 Exam | Study Guide
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About the New Exam

The National Association of Landscape Professionals recently announced changes to the Landscape Industry Certified – Technician Exterior program. These changes will take effect on May 1, 2019. The exam that is currently being administered is a combination of a hands-on exam and a written exam. As of the summer of 2019, the hands-on component of the exam will be eliminated and the exam will be administered completely online and through remote proctoring. This will mean that you will be able to take the exam at any time, right from your computer/desktop. 

The goal of these changes is to elevate the program to a fully nationwide audience, to make it more accessible to the entire industry, and to standardize and strengthen the program. More importantly, this will allow us to raise the professional standards for our industry.  The content of the new exam will stay consistent, assessing the same core competencies, but it will simply be delivered in a new, consistent and more convenient format. 

If you are a current candidate of the Landscape Industry Certified Technician Exterior program, you have until April 30, 2019 to complete the program. After that date, if you have not passed the test, you will be required to take the new exam in its entirety. 

For more information, visit the National Association of Landscape Professionals website

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WALP 2018 Exam

Due to the above changes, the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP) has decided to cancel this years' Landscape Industry Certified Exam that was to be held:

Friday & Saturday, September 14 & 15, 2018
Lake Washington Institute of Technology | Kirkland, WA

This year's exam has been CANCELED

WALP values the importance of the Landscape industry Certified Exam and encourages all Landscape Professionals to consider becoming certified. Although WALP is not offering the current exam there are potential opportunities within our region to do so:


Study Guide

The current study guide is still relevant and a great resource for all landscape professionals. All orders will be charged a shipping and handling fee. Sales tax applies to all Study Guide orders.

Study Guide
(Can be purchased in English or Spanish)
Member & Non-Members
Installation Study Guide $75
Irrigation Study Guide $75
Maintenance Study Guide $75
Complete Set of 3  $195
Shipping and Handling $25


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Landscape Industry Certified Manager

The Landscape Industry Certified Manager Exam is a 4-hour multiple choice format test covering business management topics.

Who should take the Landscape Industry Certified Manager exam?
Interior and exterior landscape company owners and managers who want to establish themselves (and their company) as a leader in the industry.

The Landscape Industry Certified Manager certification exam is also available as a computer-based exam in a network of testing centers nationwide or can be proctored by the WALP Certification Administrator.

For more information on the Landscape Industry Certified Manager certification program, visit the National Association of Landscape Professionals website.

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Landscape Industry Certified Technician

This exam is a combination hands-on field test and written exam. Candidates choose to test for Installation, Maintenance, or Irrigation.

Who should take this exam?
Any exterior technician who wants to establish credentials by meeting international standards for the safe and effective operation of machinery and demonstrating a thorough understanding of all facets of the position. For the best chance of success, National Association of Landscape Professionals recommends that candidates have:

  • 4,000 hours of work in the landscape industry, or
  • 2,000 hours in the landscape industry, plus the completion of a 2 or 4-year curriculum in a landscape major, or
  • 1,000 hours in the landscape industry, plus the completion of a 2 or 4-year curriculum in a landscape major that included completing an internship in the field.

National Association of Landscape Professionals also offers additional designation programs.

For more information, visit the National Association of Landscape Professionals website

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