To complete this certification process the candidate must :
- Have six years pertinent landscape design experience. (1-4 years must be post-secondary related education)
- Successfully complete each section of the certification examination (A minimum grade of 70% in each section required).
- Submit a portfolio of three projects completed by the candidate that meets the judging committee requirements.
Candidates must successfully complete each section of the Certified Landscape Designer written exam:
- Landscape Construction
- Grading & Drainage
Candidates who do not achieve 70% in each section will re-write only those sections.
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
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.