Certification Workshop and CEU’s


The APLD certification program provides professional recognition to landscape designers based on established standards of excellence. This process encourages self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement. Certification is available for Qualified Professional APLD members in good standing, who have been practicing landscape design for a minimum of two years.

APLD’s certification process is to evaluate the candidates’ submitted work. It is not an educational curriculum. The submission consists of three installed projects and requires drawings, plant list, design intent statement and photographs.

To encourage certified members to continue their education, APLD requires recertification every three years, with 30 contact hours of continuing education units (CEUs).

The APLD certification committee has developed a review process for landscape designers to become certified. It is the only international certification program for landscape designers. The evaluation process includes review of submitted plans and other data as well as keeping track of and assigning CEUs, which are required for maintaining certification. Committee members are divided regionally. All submissions are kept confidential.

The APLD Certification Review Panel convenes two times each year to review applications for Certified Professional Membership. The current review schedule is February and September. Applications are due by the first of the month.

Learn more about APLD Certification here.

CEU’s: What are they?

  • Continuing education units are required by many professions in order to ensure that members are keeping up with the latest information and techniques in their fields. APLD encourages members to continue their education by requiring recertification every three years with at least 30 credit hours of continuing education.
  • CEUs must be geared toward the professional landscape designer, and may be acquired by attending APLD conferences, conferences sponsored by other horticultural or landscaping organizations, or events sponsored by educational institutions such as arboretums, botanical gardens, community colleges or universities
  • For more details about CEUs, APLD members should visit the Members Only section of the APLD website and login.