September 15, 2011
The latest opportunity to obtain Landscape Industry Certification took place Aug. 11 and 12 in Ottawa, where 17 candidates participated at the University of Guelph’s Kemptville College.

The testing process had 15 industry professionals fill the roles of judges. “We have been running this test for several years now, and have many returning judges who are experienced and knowledgeable. This has resulted in a very successful event,” says Kennedy Johnston CLT, test chair in the Ottawa area.

The results for the day have yet to come in. The judges remarked that the candidates were very well prepared. “I am sure many did very well. It was also encouraging to hear that some of our judges and candidates feel very passionately about the program, and will join with me on the certification committee in Ottawa,” said Johnston.

Sponsors able to make this test date happen include Platinum: Stihl, Clintar; Gold: Snap Edge, Echo; Silver: Permacon, Greely Sand and Gravel, Garden Creations; In-kind: Manderly Sod, Greenscape, Geo-Synthetic Systems, Peter Knippel Nursery, Ritchie Feed and Seed, Battlefield, Stihl, Echo, Vanden Bussche Irrigation and Walker Mowers (Barretto).

Those interested in challenging future Landscape Industry Certified exams should go to For more information on joining the certification committee or to help operate the program in your area, contact Rachel Cerelli at