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NC Landscape Contractor Exam Review Short Course

While this course is being offered to prepare individuals, who wish to prepare for the NC Landscape Contractor Exam, CEU’s have been applied for credits for those who are already licensed landscape contractors.

UPCOMING EXAM DATE

November 15, 2019
Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension

455 Research Drive | Mills River, NC 28759


CLASS ONE | Basic Professional Horticulture Principles

November 1, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension

455 Research Drive | Mills River, NC 28759

SCHEDULE

  • Basic Botany Concepts (Morphology and Physiology)
  • Plant Materials, Identification and Use
  • Pruning and Training Plants
  • Planting and Mulching or Landscape Plants. Q&A
  • BREAK/NETWORKING TIME
  • Basic Soils and Site Assessment Review – soil testing, amendments, site evaluation, soil preparation and the relationship to good landscaping principles. Q&A
  • Turgrass Overview – installation and maintenance methods for the various turn species in NC
  • General Landscaping Management practices, post construction maintenance bids, and typical establishment follow-up practices. Q&A

CREDITS EARNED
3 hours of Landscape Contractor credits in category L have been approved for this class. No other CEU’s are applicable.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
We are now accepting online registration and credit card payments for all of our Green Industry Certification Programs using Eventbrite. We prefer participants use the new online method of registration to ensure a seat and help us with attendance accountability.
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Cash or checks will be accepted at the door after you pre-register by emailing cliff_ruth@ncsu.edu. Make checks payable to: NC State University


CLASS TWO | Landscape Math, Site Plant Reading Concepts, and Practice

November 1, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension

455 Research Drive | Mills River, NC 28759

SCHEDULE

  • Landscape Math – Emphasis will be on the geometry used by landscape construction employees and managers to determine the correct amounts of materials to be used during the site development and landscape installation. Math exercise activity. Discussion of how this information is important in developing accurate job estimates and/or bids. Q&A
  • Landscape Plans- Emphasis on reading and understanding the various components of a landscape plan and being able to correlate that information in to the bidding process. Q&A
  • BREAK/NETWORKING TIME
  • Landscape Plan Exercise with mock exam. Participants may be paired into groups of 3-5 individuals to do this exercise as a team building element. 

CREDITS EARNED
3 hours of Landscape Contractor credits in category L have been approved for this class. No other CEU’s are applicable.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
We are now accepting online registration and credit card payments for all of our Green Industry Certification Programs using Eventbrite. We prefer participants use the new online method of registration to ensure a seat and help us with attendance accountability.
Register on Eventbrite Button

Cash or checks will be accepted at the door after you pre-register by emailing cliff_ruth@ncsu.edu. Make checks payable to: NC State University


CLASS THREE | Landscape Design and Construction

November 8, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension

455 Research Drive | Mills River, NC 28759

SCHEDULE

  • Overview of landscape design and construction processes, legal requirements of construction documents and additional information related to design implementation. Q&A 
  • BREAK/NETWORKING TIME
  • Site Preparation including examining existing components of the site; grading and drainage issues required; and installation of any bio-retention or erosion control elements. Discussion of pre-construction call to *811 to locate any existing utilities and the color coding involved. Q&A
  • Hardscaping elements including use of various structural elements and materials in building retaining walls; constructing walks and drives; use of permeable paving materials and stormwater retention devices; and other hardscaping features. Worker safety guidelines. Q&A

CREDITS EARNED
3 hours of Landscape Contractor credits in category L have been approved for this class. No other CEU’s are applicable.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
We are now accepting online registration and credit card payments for all of our Green Industry Certification Programs using Eventbrite. We prefer participants use the new online method of registration to ensure a seat and help us with attendance accountability.
Register on Eventbrite Button

Cash or checks will be accepted at the door after you pre-register by emailing cliff_ruth@ncsu.edu. Make checks payable to: NC State University


CLASS FOUR | Landscape Business Planning, Business Practices, Landscape Contractor Laws, and Minimum Standards

November 8, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension

455 Research Drive | Mills River, NC 28759

SCHEDULE

  • Business Planning, Business Laws, Operational Management, and Establishment Goal Setting; discussion and Q&A
  • BREAK/NETWORKING TIME
  • Overview of NC Landscape Contractor Law and other laws that impact the business of landscape contracting (ie. Laws related to General Contracting, Irrigation Contracting, etc.) Q&A
  • Minimum Standards – Team discussion of minimum standards from the Licensing Board Rules with correlation of these minimum standards with the basic horticulture principles; construction concepts; and business laws, bidding practices, and basic management practices previously discussed in the workshop.

CREDITS EARNED
3 hours of Landscape Contractor credits in category B have been approved for this class. No other CEU’s are applicable.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
We are now accepting online registration and credit card payments for all of our Green Industry Certification Programs using Eventbrite. We prefer participants use the new online method of registration to ensure a seat and help us with attendance accountability.
Register on Eventbrite Button

Cash or checks will be accepted at the door after you pre-register by emailing cliff_ruth@ncsu.edu. Make checks payable to: NC State University


How to Obtain Your North Carolina Landscape Contractor License

Complete the NC Landscape Contractor License Application

Mail your completed application*, original Surety Bond, and a $75 check made payable to the “NCLCLB” to:

North Carolina Landscape Contractors Licensing Board P.O. Box 20875, Raleigh, NC 27619
* By Administrative rule, in order to be permitted to take an examination, an applicant shall submit a complete application no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled examination date. Also by the same laws you must submit a signed Landscape Contractor’s Surety Bond of $10,000 or Irrevocable Letter of Credit from a financial institution with your application. By sending materials in 45 days prior to the exam you can make sure that all documents have been approved on time!
A North Carolina Landscape Contracting Bond is not insurance for you. It is insurance for your customers.

Take the NC Landscape Contractor License Exams
Once your application is processed, you will receive information regarding sign-up for the NC Landscape Contractor License Exam. The exam fee is $150.00 and is due when you submit the exam sign-up form.
There are 3 parts to the exam:
Part A: Landscape Design – AKA Site Plan
Reading which consists of 35-40 multiple choice questions on interpreting a landscape plan.
Part B: Multiple Choice Exam 200 general landscaping questions, most of which are taken from the NC Landscape Contractors Study Manuals. Order them from NCLCLB *You do need to order and plan on studying all three!
Part C: Plant ID Section The Plant ID exam can be taken along with the other two exams however, individuals that have taken and passed the Plant ID portion of the Certified Plantsman exam administered by the NC Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA), do not need to take this exam over. The NCNLA offers this exam several times a year, check here for dates.

Pay Licensing Fees
UPCOMING EXAM DATE
November 15, 2019
Mountain Horticulture Crops Research & Extension Center | 455 Research Drive Mills River, NC 28759
If you are interested in attending this class get your documents in early!