FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor
What is FCLC?
FNGLA's Certified Landscape Contractor (FCLC) program is the only standard for measuring the knowledge of practicing landscape contractors in Florida. The program was designed to promote professionalism and raise the standards of Florida's landscape industry. FCLC also provides a way for government agencies, landscape architects, companies and individuals to choose qualified professionals in a state that does not require licensing of landscape contractors. In fact, FCLC has been included in the specifications of agencies, requiring that anyone bidding on particular jobs hold FNGLA's FCLC designation.
FNGLA's FCLC program is designed for owners, managers and supervisors of landscape contracting, landscape management or design build firms, as well as government agencies, parks departments and developers. Those qualified to sit for the FCLC exam must have a minimum of three years' experience in the horticulture/landscape industry with one of those years in Florida.
The FCLC exam requires that applicants first complete both the FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP) written exam and the FNGLA Certified Landscape Technician (FCLT) field exam before sitting for the FCLC written exam.
FNGLA's landscape certifications are designed to measure an individual's skills and knowledge and therefore draw from the professional's experience.
The following manual is suggested for the written exam for FNGLA's Certified Landscape Contractor (FCLC) exam: The "Landscape Estimating and Contract Administration" textbook provides an in-depth look at contracts, bidding, accounting and liens. This is utilized when taking the FCLC written exams, the final portion of the FCLC examination process.
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The FCLC written exam is available online. Those wanting to earn the FCLC designation may only apply upon successful completion of both the FCHP written exam and the FCLT field exam. Please see the FCHP page for more information on this exam and the FCLT page for more information, dates and locations for this exam.
About the FCLC Exam
FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor (FCLC) is the highest level of certification available to Florida's landscape installation professionals. In order to sit for the written exam to complete the FCLC certification, applicants must have first successfully earned the FCHP designation as well as the FCLT designation. The FCLC written exam tests applicants' knowledge and skills in two major areas: Business Management and Project Management.
Exams cover principles of contracts, insurance, lien laws, sales & marketing, accounting, estimating & bidding, subcontractors, purchasing and codes & ordinances. The four sections of the exam are Landscape Law, Accounting, Estimating and Construction Documents.
The 2014 exam fee for the FCLC written exam is $100 for FNGLA members and $175 for non-members. This fee does not cover the FCHP written exam or the FCLT field exam, which are both pre-requisites for the FCLC exam. The exam fee is good for one exam attempt only. Any exam section that is not completed successfully may be retaken, once the applicant applies for a retest and pays a retest fee. The cost per section for a retest is $25 for FNGLA members and $40 for non-members.
Manuals and training sessions require an additional fee.
For complete information on FNGLA's certification exam fees, see Exam Structures & Fees
FNGLA's FCLC certification is valid for a three-year period. During that time, FCLCs are required to earn 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to renew. If you hold more than one certification, these CEUs will apply to all certifications you hold.
In the absence of the required number of CEUs, the certified professional will be required to retake the exam. Renewal is $60 for FNGLA members and $90 for non-members for the three-year certification period.