FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor

FNGLA certified landscape contractor (FCLC) firms have taken the FCLC exam & must have a minimum of three years experience in the landscape industry with one of those years in Florida.

In fact, it is the only standard for measuring the knowledge of practicing landscape contractors in Florida, as Florida does not require licensing of landscape contractors.

However, the FCLC examinations has been included in the specifications of many state and local agencies, which may require that anyone bidding on particular jobs hold FNGLA’s FCLC designation.

The program itself is designed to gauge the knowledge levels of owners, managers and supervisors of landscape contracting, landscape management or design build firms, as well as government agencies, parks departments and developers.

In addition to having the required work experience, the exam itself is offered three to four times a year, once each in North Florida, Central Florida, Southwest Florida and Southeast Florida.

In the examination test, candidates have to pass a 11-part field exam and 4-part written exam, in addition to the FCHP Core Exam, to demonstrate knowledge in horticultural skills and landscape practices.

To prepare for the examination, there are training classes available to assist the test applicant in preparing for the exam and there is a FNGLA Landscape Certification Manual, a set of three books, which cover the exam areas.

To read more about the examination, examination fees, and additional information about the FCLC, you can go to the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA) website where the details are available at fngla.org/certification/FCLC.asp.

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