October 15, 2013
Volunteers work to develop new landscape design exam
Landscape design volunteers are currently reviewing the Landscape Industry Certified Designer program. In photo they are from left. In front, Jeannette French, Beth Edney CLD and Judith Humphries CLD, and in back, Laura Brinton, Sally Harvey CLP, CLT, Ron Koudys CLD, Don Chase CLD, Audrie VanderWerf CLD and Joel Beatson CLP.
Over two days, a team of volunteers sat down at the home office of Landscape Ontario to review the Landscape Industry Certified Designer (Certified Landscape Designer) program.  

The team looked over five sections of the program to ensure each one was connected to the occupational standard and new training manual. The landscape designers who took part in the review were from across Canada. Over the next weeks and months staff will compile the results and conduct further regional reviews and test the new program.

It is expected the new exam will be launched beginning in January of 2014.

The goal of the Landscape Industry Certified Designer program is to reflect accurately the work of professional landscape designers, with a focus on residential design/build. Certification will be earned through a two-part process. The first step is a written evaluation, which is followed by a portfolio review by industry professionals.