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NC Landscape Contractor Exam Review Short Course

This online course is for those that need to take the NC Landscape Contractor License Exam. The course is a basic review and not intended to replace a community college or exam class that would be more intensive. Attendees should purchase the required textbooks from NCLCLB before embarking on the course. You should also have some working knowledge and experience in the landscape/horticulture field. The course will help participants in focusing on areas to study. Register for the NC Landscape Contractor Exam Review Short Course here.

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 their website for dates.

Pay Licensing Fees

Exams are currently offered by appointment only at the NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board. You will need to communicate with them after you have met all requirements.

For more information visit the NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board website

Written By

Clifford Ruth, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionClifford RuthArea Agent and Regional Certification Program Coordinator, Agriculture Call Clifford Email Clifford N.C. Cooperative Extension, Buncombe County Center
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