The Voice of Nova Scotia's Landscape & Horticultural Industry



All Landscape Industry Certified Technicians individually undergo a combination of written and/or hands on tests of knowledge, technical skill and safety. A high level of excellence is required to pass each section of the test. Even the most experienced candidate must demonstrate competence.


  • A minimum of 2000 hours (1 year) of work experience is highly recommended before the examination process is begun.

Written Tests:

  • Written tests are designed to measure an overall comprehension of the trade.
  • The written portion of the test can be taken anytime of the year or just prior to the practical test. Check the test date and location schedule.
  • The written tests will vary in length; however, allow 2.5 hours for the full test.

Hands On Test:

  • The hands on tests measures an individual's level of competence through a series of stations.
  • The candidate is required to successfully perform specific tasks within a specified period of time in the presence of a qualified industry judge.
  • Depending on the industry sector, a total of up to 11 hands on stations must be completed successfully.


  • A minimum grade of 70% is required on each of the written tests and hands on stations before certification status can be obtained.

Candidates are encouraged to purchase study manuals and seek additional information sources or tutors for areas in which they are less experienced. And/or register for a Certification Prep course. Seminar Guide

Steps to getting started:

  • Complete the registration form
  • Purchase a study manual
  • Receive your test book, plant list and description of the testing stations and STUDY.
  • Remember Safety is the key to success.
  • Enjoy your status as one of North America's Qualified, Trusted, Recognized horticultural professionals.

For more information contact Laura Brinton, Certification Coordinator

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