FNGLA Certified Landscape Maintenance Technician
What is it?
FNGLA's Certified Landscape MaintenanceTechnician (FCLMT) program is designed to measure the skills of practicing landscape maintenance technicians. This program serves as a means to train employees, recognize their achievement and raise the standards of working professionals within Florida's landscape industry.
FCLMT is offered as a stand-alone certification and marketed to the landscape industry as an employee training, recognition and advancement program. This certification relies heavily on the Green Industries Best Management Practices.
FCLMT is designed for employees of landscape maintenance firms, as well as state, county & municipal governments and parks & recreation departments.
Those qualified to sit for the FCMLT exam must have a minimum of 1 year experience in Florida's horticulture/landscape industry. Applicants must have completed either the GI-BMP Best Management Practices course or the FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP) exam.
Training for the FCLMT exam is offered on a limited basis prior to a scheduled exam. Training can also be offered in-house with a review conducted by the FNGLA member company hosting the exam. Employers conducting in-house training for their staff are encouraged to utilize the BMP Manual from the Department of Environmental Protection, the FCHP Manual from FNGLA as well as the FNGLA Landscape Certification Study Guide for Maintenance.
The FNGLA Landscape Certification Study Guide for Maintenance is a useful study guide for the FCLMT exam. It provides information on the specifications and procedures used in completing the field exams for the FCLMT exam. It is available online at no cost upon request.
FCLMT testing is offered in the spring and fall of each year.
Candidates must pass a comprehensive hands-on field exam to earn the FCLMT designation.
Current test sites are:
- UF Ft. Lauderdale Research Center in Davie, Florida
- Sea World Horticulture in Orlando, Florida
Please contact FNGLA for current dates of the FCLMT exam.
Register for FCLMT Exam
Register online a minimum of 30 days prior to a scheduled exam.
About the Exam
FNGLA's FCLMT exam is a one-day exam encompassing the following field exam sections. Each FCLMT field exam section must be passed with a minimum 70% in order to earn the FCLMT certification.
Field Exams include:
- Plant ID
- Pest Management
- Vehicle Operation (Truck & Trailer)
- Site Evaluation
- Turf Management
Bring to Exam
- Field Exam Problems with your notes
- pencil or pen
- safety glasses
- work gloves
- hearing protection
- work shoes (tennis shoes or sandals are NOT permitted)
- appropriate weather protection
2013 exam fee for the FCLMT field exam is $200 for FNGLA members and $350 for non-members. The exam fee is good for one exam attempt only. Any exam section that is not completed successfully may be retaken at the next regularly scheduled exam, once the applicant applies for a retest and pays a retest fee. The cost per section for a retest is $25 for FNGLA members and $40 for non-members.
Exam fees cover all field exams, including plant material, supplies and equipment required. Lunch, snacks and refreshments are also provided. You must provide your own safety equipment, calculators, and writing utensils. Manuals and training sessions require an additional fee.
For complete information on FNGLA's certification exam fees, see Exam Structures & Fees
FNGLA's FCLMT certification is valid for a three-year period. During that time, FCLMTs are required to earn 15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to renew. If you hold more than one certification, these CEUs will apply to all certifications you hold. In the absence of the required number of CEUs, the certified professional will be required to retake the exam. Renewal is $60 for FNGLA members and $90 for non-members for the three-year certification period.