Florida Water StarSM Accredited Professional

What is FWS-AP?

FWS-AP helps industry professionals and government employees across Florida increase their water conservation knowledge through training and testing. FNGLA works with Florida’s Water Management Districts throughout the state to host this comprehensive water conservation program. FWS-AP has two designations: Landscape and Irrigation. Applicants can choose to test for one or both distinctions.

  • Trains professionals to create landscapes which qualify for FWS Certified homes.
  • Focuses on Florida-friendly LandscapeTM alternatives and irrigation design – which can have a major impact on water usage.
  • Targets professional landscape and irrigation professionals.
  • Prior training is required.
  • Valid for a three-year period. Requires 15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain this certification.


The Florida Water Star technical manual is free and available online.


Required onsite training is offered statewide at various times throughout the year. Costs for training depend on location and can vary from $25-$75. See upcoming testing dates here.


Onsite FWS-AP testing is offered statewide at various times throughout the year and is paired with training dates. Exam application takes place during the training class. 

About the FWS-AP Exam

Upon completion of FWS-AP training, applicants then pass a comprehensive written exam to demonstrate knowledge of landscape and irrigation design principles. There is an exam for each distinction, so applicants can choose to sit for one or both the Landscape and/or Irrigation distinctions.

Applicants must pass the exam with a minimum 80%.

Exam Fees

  • $50 for both FNGLA members and nonmembers