Our State Association is proud to partner with the National Association of Landscape Professionals to promote the new Landscape Industry Certified Exterior Technician Program.


An NALP certification is:

  • A globally recognized certification
  • A distinction of excellence that set you apart from the others
  • An investment that is guaranteed to have a positive return


The Landscape Industry Certified Exterior Technician program is the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) flagship program for the lawn and landscape industry and is highly sought after as an essential credential nationwide.

The Exterior Technician exam is administered online through a secure, remote proctoring service; giving access to the program across all 50 states. This program is designed to cover the technical aspects of exterior landscaping: installation, maintenance and irrigation. It offers five (5) practice areas: Hardscape Installation, Softscape Installation, Ornamental Maintenance, Turf Maintenance and Irrigation. Start your journey today! Now offered in Spanish!

The Exterior Technician program has five (5) specialty areas:

  • Hardscape Installation
  • Irrigation
  • Ornamental Maintenance
  • Softscape Installation
  • Turf Maintenance

The exam has moved to an all-written, online platform which removes the barriers to access and makes the test available to everyone. Exam candidates enroll online and test from the convenience of a home or work computer: Anywhere, Anytime. 

To learn more or enroll, please visit   Please be sure to select your state association as the Referring Partner when enrolling.


Certification Process

Step 1.  Enroll
Step 2.  Purchase Study Materials
Step 3.  Study at Your Own Pace
Step 4.  Take the Exam at Your Convenience

Study Materials

The Landscape Industry Certified Exterior Technician is a self-study program. You can study using the publications listed below which can be purchased through the bookstore or during the online enrollment process.

  • Landscape Training Manual for Irrigation Technicians - EnglishSpanish
  • Landscape Training Manual for Installation Technicians - EnglishSpanish
  • Landscape Training Manual for Maintenance Technicians - EnglishSpanish
  • Set of 3 - Landscape Training Manuals for Installation, Irrigation, and Maintenance Technicians - EnglishSpanish

About the Exam

The Technician-Exterior exam has five specialty areas to choose from: Softscape Installation, Hardscape Installation, Turf Maintenance, Ornamental Maintenance or Irrigation.

The exam includes the following sections:

Exam 1: Common Core

  • Communication
  • Safety and first-aid
  • Vehicle operation and safety
  • Tools and equipment
  • Basic math

Exam 2: Specialty - Select One
(click here for specialty details)

  • Softscape installation
  • Hardscape installation
  • Irrigation
  • Ornamental maintenance
  • Turf maintenance

Exam Fees

NALP Member
Full Exam: $445*
Includes Enrollment + Proctor fees

Full Exam: $545 
Includes Enrollment + Proctor fees