Landscape Industry Certified Technician Exam Details

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Exterior Evaluation  (Softscape Installation; Hardscape Installation; Turf Maintenance; Ornamental Maintenance)

Sections marked with * indicate stations with video examples of the station. Those without video were deemed to contain sensitive visuals that could reveal test information.

Softscape InstallationSoftscape Installation

Written Problems:
Common Core (60 min.) – more information
Softscape Plan Reading (45 min.) – more information
Softscape Horticultural Principles (30 min.)
Irrigation Components (15 min.)

Hands-on Stations:
Plant Identification (35 min.) – more information
Basic Program controller (15 min.) – more information
*Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment (35 min.) – more information
*Tree Planting and Staking (35 min.) – more information
*Sod Installation (35 min.) – more information
*Plant Layout (35 min.) – more information
*Rototiller (15 min.) – more information

Hardscape InstallationHardscape Installation

Written Problems:
Common Core (60 min.) – more information
Hardscape Plan Reading (45 min.)
Hardscape Principles and Calculations (45 min.)

Hands-on Stations:
*Chainsaw (15 min.) – more information
*Grading and Drainage (35 min.) – more information
Instrument (15 min.) – more information
*Paver Installation (35 min.) – more information
*Skid-Steer Operation (35 min.) – more information

Turf MaintenanceTurf Maintenance

Written Problems:
Common Core (60 min.) – more information
Irrigation Components and Principles (30 min.)
Turfgrass Maintenance Principles (30 min.)
Turfgrass Maintenance Calculations (30 min.)

Hands-on Stations:
Basic Program Controller (15 min.) – more information
*Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment (35 min.) – more information
*Power Blower (15 min.) – more information
*21-inch Mower (15 min.) – more information
*Intermediate Walk-Behind Mower (15  min.) – more information
*Riding Mower (15 min.) – more information
*Edger and Trimmer (15 min.) – more information
*Aerator (15 min.) – more information
*Turf Fertilizer (15 min.) – more information

Ornamental MaintenanceOrnamental Maintenance

Written Problems:
Common Core (60 min.) – more information
Irrigation Components and Principles (30 min.)
Ornamental Maintenance and Horticultural Principles (30 min.)
Ornamental Maintenance Calculations (30 min.)

Hands-on Stations:
Plant Identification (35 min.) – more information
Basic Program Controller (15 min.) – more information
*Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment (35 min.) – more information
*Tree Planting and Staking (35 min.) – more information
*Chainsaw (15 min.) – more information
*Power Blower (15 min.) – more information
*Pruning (35 min.) – more information

IrrigationIrrigation

Written Problems:
Common Core (60 min.) – more information
Advanced Irrigation Components and Principles (45 min.)
Irrigation Plan Reading (30 min.)
Basic Horticultural Procedures (15 min.)

Hands-on Stations

Lateral Repair and Head Adjustment (35 min.) – more information
Advanced Program Controller (15 min.)
Lateral Installation (35 min.)
Mainline Installation (35 min.)
Valve Repair (35 min.)
Valve Wiring (35 min.)
Pipe Installation Equipment (Trencher or Puller) (35 min.)

InteriorsInterior Landscaping

Interior: Written Evaluation Topics

  • Pesticides
  • Plant identification
  • Safety
  • Watering/sub-irrigation
  • Pruning Fertilization
  • Insects & Diseases
  • Customer Relations