APLD's certification program confers professional recognition to landscape designers based on established standards of excellence. Currently, 20 percent of APLD members are certified. Certification is available for Professional members in good standing who have been practicing landscape design for a minimum of four years. It is the only landscape design certification program in the United States.
The certification review process, overseen by our certification committee, evaluates a candidate's submitted work, consisting of three installed projects. For each project, the designer submits drawings, a plant list, a design intent statement and photographs.
To maintain certification, Certified Professional Members must continue to develop their skills and demonstrate proof every three years. During each three year period , APLD requires certified designers to submit proof of the completion of 30 hours of approved continuing education credits. (CEU).
The APLD Certification Review Panel convenes four times each year to review applications for Certified Professional Membership. The current review schedule is January, March, August and November. Applications are due by the first of the month.
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