Certification Fee

APLD Standards of Practice

I hereby agree to abide by APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) Standards of Practice. As stated below, I will ...

  • Utilize personal knowledge and skills for the greatest good of my clients and the environment.
  • Advance landscape design by continuing my professional education and exchanging knowledge with colleagues.
  • Be truthful in oral or written statements concerning the services I am qualified to offer.
  • Protect the environment and discourage damage to our natural resources.
  • Refrain from expressing an uninformed opinion on any issues relating to my profession.
  • Be loyal to clients or to the employing organization and faithfully perform assigned tasks.
  • Avoid making unfounded statements or criticizing colleagues for personal gain.
  • Participate in public service activities to educate the public about good landscape design and sound horticultural practices.
  • Conduct all matters relating to landscape design activities, business operation, and civic responsibilities in a manner that will further the status of landscape design as a respected profession.

APLD Eligibility and Requirements for Certification

Eligibility

  • Agree to comply with APLD Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • APLD Qualified Professional Member, or Associate degree (or higher), or
    • 450 contact hours of education, in landscape design or a related field (i.e. horticulture, architecture, sustainability, etc.) (transcript or proof of attendance required

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    • Three (3) or more years of professional landscape design experience (business license/tax ID, Employer verification, etc.)

Submission Requirements

  1. Submit a portfolio (electronically) which includes three projects, installed for two or more years, each of which include the following items:
    1. Design Intent Statement: Maximum of two pages (typed)
      • Existing Condition/Site Inventory Information: Describe what was already there. Example: Lot size, orientation, zone, plant climate, environmental condition, location (suburban/urban/country), architectural style, circulation, access, trash, parking, features or plants to keep or remove.
      • Roles and Responsibilities: Describe your role related to the project and the role of others who worked on the project. Example: Served as a member of the team, reporting structure, final decision-maker, etc.
      • Client Program/Scope of Work: Describe the client (family/animals/kids/etc.) and the project goals (what are you trying to solve?) Example: budget, timeline, schedule, major spaces (dining, cooking, front garden, etc.), major elements (fire, pool, outdoor kitchen, etc.), sustainability (rain gardens, Stormwater management), existing style, theme.
      • Solution: Describe how you addressed the client’s program and how you solved the problem. Example: Share challenges experienced (i.e. difficult client, budget, design constraints, etc.), and how issues were addressed.
    2. Photo Map and Photos: Photo Map – A reduced plan that graphically shows where your photos were taken (viewpoint and direction). Photos – Before and After taken from the same general location and labeled (i.e. before view from lawn, after view towards woods, etc.) Minimum: 10 photos / Maximum: 20 photos for each project.
    3. Hardscape Plan: Indicates elements such as circulation, patios, decks, pools, fences, built elements, structures, retaining wall systems, sustainable elements, etc.
      NOTE: Plans may be CAD or hand drafted, submitted on one of the following sheet sizes (11x17, 18x24, or 24x36), and must be scaled at 1”=20’, 1”=10’, 1/8” or ¼”.
      • Title Block (project address, scale, north arrow, designer name) Do not include client’s name.
      • Identification of elements (existing and new)
      • Basic dimensions of major elements, labels, graphic scale, and notes
      • Clearly identify the extent of your work
    4. Planting Plan: Includes all plants (existing and new) used in the project.
      NOTE: Plans may be CAD or hand drafted, submitted on one of the following sheet sizes (11x17, 18x24, or 24x36), and must be scaled at 1”=20’, 1”=10’, 1/8” or ¼”.
      • Title Block (project address, scale, north arrow, designer name) Do not include client’s name.
      • Plant identification with botanical names (Do not use abbreviations for plant names)
      • Planting details and guidelines
      • Plant list and/or legend with botanical and common names, quantities, sizes and remarks
      • Graphic scale
    5. Other Plans/Drawings: Optional and can include details, elevations, sections, 3-D, and perspectives. Please do not include any preliminary drawings, only final drawings.
      NOTE: Plans may be CAD or hand drafted, submitted on one of the following sheet sizes (11x17, 18x24, or 24x36), and must be scaled at 1”=20’, 1”=10’, 1/8” or ¼”.

QUESTIONS:

Kelly Clark, Certification Associate, certification@apld.org

The APLD Certification Review Panels convene twice per year. Deadlines are February 1 and September 1.

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Certification Statements
I hereby apply for certification in APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers). I attest to the accuracy of all information in this application and that the application materials, including plans and graphics, have been prepared by me in their entirety.
If accepted, I will abide by the Association's Bylaws, its Standards of Practice, support its objectives, pay established dues, and work toward maintaining and enhancing the quality and prestige of the Landscape Design profession.
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