North Carolina Landscape Contrators' Registration Board

Application & Exam

As of August 1, 2015, the NC Landscape Contractors' Registration Board, became the NC Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board. 

For more information, please go to the NC Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board at

Thislaw provides that any person who met the following criteria by December31, 2014 may obtain a landscape contractors’ license under the grandfathersection of this law, without taking the previously required exams; any currentRegistered Landscape Contractor; any Licensed Irrigation Contractor; CertifiedTurf Professional, or individual who has three years of documented landscapecontracting experience by December 31, 2014 and submits the requiredapplication form with the application and license fee no later than August1,2015.

Surety Bond Form (PDF)

Additional information may be found on the new NC Landscape Contractors' Licensing Board website at:

Eligibility for grandfathering :

Any person who, on or before December 31, 2014, meets at least one of thefollowing criteria
shall beissued a landscape contractor's license by the North Carolina LandscapeContractors' Licensing Board, without the requirement of examination, uponsubmission of a completed application,proof of a Surety Bond of $10,000 andpayment of the application fee on or before August 1, 2015: *

(1)       Isregistered as a landscape contractor.

(2)       Islicensed as an irrigation contractor.

(3)       Iscertified as a turf grass professional.

(4)    Has three years of documentedexperience in the person's own business as a landscape contractor or threeyears of documented experience as an employee in a landscape contractingbusiness and meets all other requirements and qualifications for licensure as alandscape contractor. Educational experience can be applied toward thethree-year experience requirement as follows:

a.   One year of credit for a two-year degreein related educational training.

b.   Two years of credit for a four-yeardegree in related educational training.

c.  Up to two years of credit for education or businessexperience in general business management.

Supplemental information on the grandfather provisions maybe found under the "Statute and Rules" section of this website or at

Please Note: If you do not meet any of the requirements to be licensedunder the grandfather provisions of the law by December 31, 2014, you canbecome a licensed landscape contractor outlined below.

Additional information may be found on the new NC Landscape Contractors'Licensing Board website at:

Interim Registration Certificate Application and Exam Information Landscape ContractorsRegistration Board

A non-refundable application fee of $75.00 must accompany your application tobecome a NC Registered Landscape Contractor.  Once the application isapproved, the applicant will receive exam sign-up information.  The examfee of $60.00 will be due after the application is approved and when theapplicant returns the exam sign-up form.  The check or money order is tobe made payable to "NCLCRB".

Application must be filled in completely and legibly, signed, andnotarized.  The Board will only approve applications that fully satisfyall statutory and administrative requirements.
Incomplete or illegible applications will be returned.

The applicant has three years from the date the application is received by theRegistration Board office to complete all requirements for registration. If, at the end of three years the application has not been approved because ofmissing references, or the applicant has not successfully completed allexaminations, or all fees have not been paid, the applicant must submit a newapplication with the $75.00 fee and begin the process again.

Persons planning to take the examination should start early to prepare for theexamination.  Early submission of application is encouraged.

First Page of Application:

Fill in the applicant's full name, date of birth, Social Security Number,Business Address, and Home Address. 

  The date of birth is an essential element in meeting a statutoryrequirement of the law.

  The applicant's complete residence address and telephone number shouldbe listed to include 
  area code and zip code.  Any changes should be promptlyreported to the Board.

  The applicant's complete business address and telephone number should belisted to include
  area code and zip code.  Any changes should be promptly reported tothe Board.

  The Board normally uses the business address in corresponding withapplicants and registrants
  unless applicant specifically requests us to use a different address.

Page 2 of Application:

It is not required to have any formal education in landscaping or horticultureto become a NC Registered Landscape Contractor as long as the three-yearlandscaping experience requirement is fulfill.  However, formal educationcan be used to fulfill the three-year experience requirement.

Graduation from a four year program in Landscape Architecture,Landscape Horticulture, or
Horticulture:  Maximum Credit - 1.5 years.

Graduation from a four-year curriculum in any field:  Maximum Credit -6  months.

Graduation from a two-year program in Horticulture or similar curriculum in aland grant institution or community college:  Maximum Credit - 1year.

Educational achievement should be documented by having the institution transmitan official transcript directly to the Board, complete with an impression ofthe seal of the institution.

Page 3 of Application:

All applicants must show at least three years experience.  Education (page2 of application) can count toward that three years' experience. Experience equivalents (time spent in the jobs listed) shall be credited asfollows:


Landscape Crew Leader

100% Credit


Landscape Designer of Landscape Architect

100% Credit


Landscape Estimator or Landscape Sales Person

100% Credit


Landscape Project Manager

100% Credit


Landscape Crew Member

75% Credit


Nursery Retail Sales Person

75% Credit


Grading Operator

50% Credit


Irrigation Worker

50% Credit


Nursery Worker

50% Credit


Turfgrass Installer or
Turfgrass Maintenance Worker

50% Credit

As an example:  If applicant was employed as a worker for an established nurseryfor six years, applicant has the three years experience necessary forapplication approval.

Provide complete information - name, address, and telephone number for eachemployer.  If applicant is self-employed, provide the name, address, andtelephone number of the business.  A separate listing should be made foreach period of employment.  If you worked for the same employer on morethan one occasion, list each period separately.  List only one period ofemployment in a block.  If necessary, list additional employers on a separate sheet of paper.  For each employment period, clearly indicate thefollowing:

  1. Concise description of the employer's business.
  2. Concise description of your duties and responsibilities.
  3. Whether the work was full-time or part-time.  Part-time work should show number of hours per week.  Note:  One year of experience is considered to be 2000 hours (i.e. at least 50 weeks at 40 hours per week).  Part-time is counted proportionately.

Page 4 of Application:

The applicant should provide the complete name, address, and telephone numberfor all references.  The NC Registration Board office will inform theapplicant regarding the receipt of references.  It will be theresponsibility of the applicant to assure that references have responded. It is desirable, but not mandatory, that at least one of your references is aRegistered Landscape Contractor.


The EXAM SCHEDULE is determined by the Board each year.  Below arethe exam schedule and application deadlines for 2012.

  • Contact the NCLCRB office to schedule Multiple Choice and Landscape Design exams.

 There are two parts to the NC Landscape Contractors Registration Board exam:

  Part A:  Landscape Design (35-40) multiple choice questionson interpreting a landscape plan.

  Part B:  Multiple Choice exam (200 general landscapingquestions).  Most of the questions are taken from the NC Landscape Contractors Study Manual.

  Plant ID.  Applicants are also required to pass the Plant ID portion of the Certified Plantsman exam administered by the NC Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA).  NCNLA offers this exam several times per year.  Contact them directly for exam information at 919-816-9119or on their website at  After passing the PlantID exam, send verification to the Registration Board office by sending a copy of your congratulatory letter or certificate to NCLCRB, P.O. Box20875, Raleigh, NC  27619.

Plant ID administered by the NC Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA)

  • Graham – TBD
  • Raleigh - TBD
  • Asheville  - TBD
  • Concord - TBD
  • Fayetteville – TBD
  • Greenville - TBD

Please verify dates, locations andtimes directly with the NC Nursery and Landscape Association (NCNLA).

For registration and information, call NCNLA at 919-816-9119or see their website,

STUDY MANUAL has been published by the North Carolina Landscape Contractors' Registration Board for applicants to use in preparing for the examination.  The manual is in its Sixth Edition and is available for $37.36 (includes tax and postage). The Manual can be ordered from the NC Landscape Contractors Registration Boardoffice by sending a check for $37.36 to NCLCRB, P.O. Box 20875, Raleigh,NC  27619; or by downloading the credit card payment form and faxing to 919. 782. 9470 or E-mailing the form to

Contact the NCLCRB office concerning the status of the new study manual.

Manual Credit Card Payment Form (PDF)
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PO Box 20875
Raleigh, NC 27619
T: 919-266-8070 | F: 919.782.9470
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