About FNGLA Certification

What is Certification?

Certification is a set of standards developed, maintained and administered by industry. These standards establish a minimum level of competency for professional members of the industry. Certification is voluntary - as opposed to state licensing - and not required by law to do business. However, certification helps regulate the industry by providing a means by which consumers can identify industry members who have demonstrated their skills and abilities.

Overall, certification raises the standards, the professionalism and the image of an industry.

What is FNGLA Certification all about?

FNGLA certification provides Florida's nursery and landscape industry personnel the opportunity to earn professional designations distinguishing themselves from others. With the first certification program taking root in 1984, FNGLA's certifications are a true mark of distinction.

Through extensive written and practical exams, Florida's nursery and landscape professionals demonstrate proficiency in general horticultural knowledge, plant and pest identification, legal and regulatory issues and fertilizer use, in addition to Best Management Practices, landscape design, landscape installation and landscape management principles. FNGLA's certified professionals "Know What Grows!"


For the public, certification...

  • Provides a way to find the most qualified professionals for your nursery and landscape needs
  • Helps ensure adherence to Best Management Practices for protection of Florida's water resources
  • Assists in the protection of your valuable assets by professional who have met the practices, standards and regulations used in the green industry

For industry, certification...

  • allows an industry to regulate itself in the absence of state licensure
    (read about this in Definitions (PDF)
  • increases its professionalism and public image
  • educates consumers and other end users on the varying levels of service within an industry

For individuals, certification...

  • shows your professional commitment and ability to perform to established industry standards
  • tells your clients you put knowledge and expertise first and pass this on to your customers
  • improves your job prospects by giving you an advantage over a non-certified person

For businesses, certification...

  • markets your professional expertise to allow your business to stand out from competitors
  • educates your staff AND your customers, establishing trusted relationships & repeat business
  • qualifies you to bid on jobs that require FNGLA's certification as a pre-qualification
Fiscal Responsibility and Environmental Leadership
Learn what voluntarily-certified professional bring to your landscape projects here

Available Programs

FNGLA administers several industry certification programs that encompass all aspects of Florida's nursery and landscape industry.

As a consumer of nursery plants and landscape services, seek the expert guidance you need for success. Look for professional with the certifications listed below on FNGLA's "Find a Certified Professional" search.

As an industry professional wishing to advance your career, the information listed here can assist you.

FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP)

Online written exam that demonstrates core knowledge in Florida's nursery and landscape industry.

FNGLA Certified Landscape Technician (FCLT)

Hands-on field exam that demonstrates skills in landscape installation techniques.

FNGLA Certified Landscape Maintenance Technician (FCLMT)

Combination hands-on and written exam that demonstrates skills and knowledge specific to landscape maintenance technicians.

FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor (FCLC)

Advanced certification for professional landscape contractors.

FNGLA Certified Landscape Designer (FCLD)

Advanced certification for professional landscape designers.

FNGLA Certified Exam Judge (FCEJ)

Provides training for those interested in serving as certified judges for FNGLA's landscape certification field exams.

Florida Water StarSM Accredited Professional

Professional Accreditation for irrigation and landscape professionals. Advanced education that will result in sustainable landscape and irrigation design.

Contact Us

For more information on how you can earn one of FNGLA's industry certifications, please contact FNGLA:

Merry Mott, mmott@fngla.org
(800) 375-3642, (407) 295-7994