In an industry where licensure is not required by law, certification is relevant and imperative.  Certification as a Landscape Inspector demonstrates a commitment to professional development. Earning this prestigious credential is proof of knowledge and professional training. To become certified, applicants must meet eligibility criteria, pass a rigorous, comprehensive written exam, and are required to satisfy continuing education standards to maintain certification.

Pride in the distinction as Certified Landscape Inspector is merited. The examination, designed to evaluate applicants’ knowledge and training in 5 domains, isn’t easy! The rewards of certification include increased credibility, recognition, and the potential for higher earnings. Many agencies include Landscape Inspector Certification as a requirement for bidding on work.

Certified Landscape Inspectors help the green industry to regulate itself by setting and maintaining professional standards and providing education to the public.

Certification establishes minimum levels of competency to distinguish qualified, knowledgeable industry professionals.  By becoming Certified, an individual demonstrates his or her voluntary commitment to exemplary skills, abilities, technical practice, and continuing professional development.


The applicant must have a college degree in a related landscape field with two years of practical landscape experience, or the applicant must have a minimum of five years of verifiable practical landscape experience in the landscape industry.

Acceptable practical landscape experience includes: working in the landscape industry where knowledge and hands-on performance of landscape plan review, landscape installation, landscape maintenance, irrigation, plant identification, insect identification, grading of landscape material, tree pruning, etc. are daily, hands-on tasks.


Palm Beach County Certification Exam:
March 17, 2023 — Review Session at UF/IFAS Extension – Palm Beach County
March 22, 2023 — Virtual Review Session (Evening)
March 31, 2023 — Exam Day 9am-2pm

Broward County Certification Exam:
June 16, 2023 — Review Session at UF/IFAS Extension – Broward County
June 21, 2023 — Virtual Review Session (Evening)
June 30, 2023 — Exam Day 9am-2pm

Miami-Dade County Certification Exam:
September 15, 2023 — Review Session at UF/IFAS Extension – Broward County
September 20, 2023 — Virtual Review Session (Evening)
September 22 or 29, 2023 — Exam Day 9am-2pm

* All dates and times are subject to change.

Inquiries: exam@landscapeinspectors.org


Required Information:

The completed application, resume, three current professional references, and payment are required upon submittal. This information is considered appropriate and verifiable proof of eligibility and will be strictly reviewed for completeness. The application will not be accepted without providing the above-stated proof of eligibility. Failure to provide specific application information may result in the rejection of the application.

2022 LIAF Certification Exam Application
three current professional references
Applications are strictly reviewed for completeness.  Incomplete applications may not be accepted.

Fee Schedule:
LIAF Member $220.00 Non-Member $280.00. LIAF will provide study material and links, an online review session, an in-person review day, and one proctored exam. The non-member fee also includes a one-year LIAF membership which is only good for the year in which it is paid. Purchase Orders are not accepted. Checks and Credit cards will be accepted. No refunds. Checks are to be made payable to the Landscape Inspectors Association of Florida.
No refunds.


Applications are due by April 22nd, 2022.

Complete the following application and return it with resume, three current professional references, and payment to LIAF – Exam 4611 South University Drive, Box 174 Davie, Florida 33328 or complete and scan the application with credit card payment to exam@landscapeinspectors.org. Once the applicant has been approved, the study docs will be emailed to the candidate. The information you provide below is where all correspondence for the review and exam will be sent. Print clearly and provide complete information.