2013 award winner

Experience/Education Requirement:

To complete this certification process the candidate must :

    1. Have six years pertinent landscape design experience. (1-4 years must be post-secondary related education)
    2. Successfully complete each section of the certification examination (A minimum grade of 70% in each section required).
    3. Submit a portfolio of three projects completed by the candidate that meets the judging committee requirements.

Written Exam:

Candidates must successfully complete each section of the Certified Landscape Designer written exam:

      • Communications
      • Landscape Construction
      • Design
      • Grading & Drainage
      • Horticulture
      • Practice

Candidates who do not achieve 70% in each section will re-write only those sections.

Portfolio Requirement:

Candidates must submit a Landscape Design portfolio of 3 projects completed by the candidate (with at least 3 client references to confirm that the work was completed by the candidate) that meets the Portfolio Submission Guideline. The portfolio is judged by a Jury of academic, design/build members of CNLA or CSLA and a representative of the regional Landscape Industry Certified Designer group.

Submit Portfolios to:

Canada Nursery Landscape Association
Attn: Certification Coordinator
7856 Fifth Line South
Milton, ON   L9T 2X8

Sample portfolio:

Jen Cuddie is a community-spirited designer, eager to help others in her field. She has agreed to making her own CLD portfolio available for download soon, as a model for others seeking the CLD designation.

> View Sample Portfolio

Grandfathering Provision:

View Grandfathering Certification Requirements


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