About the Landscape Industry Certified Program

This video was created by Jason Wilton, CLT, Business Development Manager at Clintar.  Thank you to Landscape Ontario and Clintar for their dedication and support to the Landscape Industry Certified Program.



Beginning in 2010, CNLA and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) aligned their certification programs under one brand – Landscape Industry Certified.  This brand name will speak clearly to consumers, be supported and used internationally, show credibility and commitment to best practices, and leave a lasting impression.

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) Certification Committee has worked tirelessly to align industry certification programs with national standards and give them more credibility both within and outside of our industry. 

The new brand name, Landscape Industry Certified, consolidates specialties of green industry certification under one umbrella. Now, everyone who is CNLA certified will be identified with this universal title. Our goal is to acquire critical mass where Landscape Industry Certified individuals are in demand by consumers and preferred, and ultimately required, on job bids. This rebranding effort demonstrates growth in our industry and in our careers. 

  • Landscape Industry Certified speaks very clearly to the end user. No longer will you have to go into lengthy explanations about what the acronyms (CLP, CLD, CHT, etc.) behind your signature mean. The simple recognition of Landscape Industry Certified will speak volumes to your clients and prospects.
  • Landscape Industry Certified has international appeal. The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) has adopted the new brand name and logo for its professional development program. This will pave the way for broader recognition of our industry certification.
  • Landscape Industry Certified shows a commitment to best practices. The CNLA certification program continuously seeks to align itself with the certification industry’s best practices as defined by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) standards. NCCA is the accrediting body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). 
  • Landscape Industry Certified leaves a lasting impression. With a single, identifiable brand name to proudly display your hard-earned green industry certification, you have enhanced your staying power and your competitive edge with customers. More than ever in these tough times, we need to stand out in every way possible … Landscape Industry Certified showcases your expertise and education.
  • Landscape Industry Certified continues to show your specialization(s).  A tagline of Manager, Designer, Technician, and/or Retail Horticulturist differentiates the numerous specialties within the industry.  It allows certified individuals to continue to highlight their specific skills.

You are encouraged to integrate the Landscape Industry Certified brand into your company’s marketing materials and continue to display your certification proudly to your clients.

Launched at Landscape Ontario Congress in January, the new Landscape Design Manual has been an instant success.
CNLA has developed three national certification programs to benefit the Landscape industry.  When individuals are designated as “Landscape Industry Certified”, the public places more value on what they do.  Give your business the upper hand by getting you and your employees certified.
If you need that extra day or two away from the office, there is an easy, guilt-free way to do so.  You can go to the beach and still put your business first by reading the Landscape Industry Certified Manager study series.
Some frequently asked questions about the Landscape Industry Certified brand.
The Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Technician exam is the newest exam available to individuals across Canada and the USA. This credential is directly linked to the practice of the profession and reflects what you should already know as a lawn care practitioner.
The Landscape Industry Certified Retail Horticulturist (formerly Certified Horticultural Technician) exam is all shined up and ready for show.  Starting this fall the new exam will be available across Canada and will continue to be a combination written and practical evaluation. 
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