LIC Technician-Exterior test to be available online in January 2020

August 23, 2018 -  By
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The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) announced that beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the Landscape Industry Certified (LIC) Technician-Exterior test will be available online, enabling anyone to access it from anywhere.

It’s the only one of the seven LIC designations that doesn’t offer online testing. Currently, the LIC Technician-Exterior test is given via a written and hands-on testing that’s delivered by 15 state licensee partners. The test is not available in the other 35 states, making it expensive and difficult for every landscape professional to get a Technician-Exterior certification, NALP said.

“We want to thank all the states who have hosted the hands-on test over the year, which is very labor-intensive to execute, and congratulate everyone who has become certified through this method,” said Sabeena Hickman, NALP CEO. “Now, advances in technology enable us to remove barriers and allow anyone, regardless of their location, to pursue their certification.”

With the change, the hands-on and written tests will be available until Dec. 31, 2019, but after that time, testing will be administered through NALP using an interactive and secure online platform.

The new online test will adhere to the same rigorous standards and will be based on the same material as the current hands-on and written test.

NALP will partner with state and affiliated organizations to promote the LIC Technician-Exterior testing.

Those currently pursuing LIC Technician-Exterior testing should contact the state association they are working with and should complete the testing by Dec. 31, 2019. After that date, they can take the online test through NALP.

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