About APLD

The mission of APLD is to advance the profession of landscape design and to promote our members as qualified and dedicated professionals.

The Association of Professional Landscape Designers is dedicated to advancing the profession of landscape design and to promoting the recognition of landscape designers as qualified and dedicated professionals. Members receive a myriad of benefits and opportunities that support that core mission. Through volunteer efforts by those who are committed to its growth, APLD includes members throughout the United States who support multiple state chapters as well as individual international members. 

APLD encourages all members to adhere to a code of professional standards, to actively participate in continuing education and to be current with state-of-the-art developments and trends throughout the field. The association also offers a certification program for professional landscape designers (Certified Professional Landscape Designer, CPLD) based on built projects that provides professional recognition to those designers who can pass a rigorous peer review program. It offers consumers access to trained designers who can help them achieve the landscapes they truly desire.

APLD Membership Benefits Everyone

APLD membership means something different to each member. Join APLD to:

  • Get inspired and exchange ideas
  • Advance your education
  • Tap into advocacy initiatives
  • Expand your professional network and build relationships
  • Connect with landscape professionals from around the world
  • Set yourself apart from the competition through affiliation and becoming a Certified Professional Landscape Designer (CPLD)
  • Promote your business and work
  • Give back to your industry
  • Take advantage of member-only discounts and information
  • And, more!

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Showcase Your Work Through APLD Awards

The APLD International Landscape Design Awards Program honors excellence in landscape design. This annual juried competition is open to members and non-members, showcases the best of the best in residential, commercial and specialty landscape designs from around the world.

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