April 1, 2019
Since the U.S.-based National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) eliminated hands-on testing for the Landscape Industry Certified (LIC) Technician exam, the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) and provincial nursery and landscape associations have talked with industry stakeholders, and established that most practitioners support a Canadian certification that includes hands-on testing. Consequently, the decision was taken to launch a new, Canadian certified landscape technician test by January 2020.
In keeping with CNLA and partner associations’ commitment to excellence in professional development, the new CLT test will preserve hands-on testing, and maintain and align tests with Red Seal Occupational Standards (RSOS) for the five sub-specialties: softscape and hardscape installation, turf and ornamental maintenance, and irrigation. The goal is streamlined tests with improved accessibility.
The decision to launch a new CLT test will not affect other LIC designations. Current CLT tests will be offered for the remainder of 2019: British Columbia, June 14-15 and Oct. 4-5; Alberta, spring and summer dates to be announced; Ontario, June 22 and Sept. 21, and Atlantic region, Apr. 26-27 and Nov. 1-2.
Equivalency tests will be developed to ensure in-progress candidates transition seamlessly when the new test is implemented. Periodic status updates will be provided on the new CLT test development. More information visit landscapeindustrycertifiedtechnician.ca/certification/exam-registration.