Click here for the 2017 ACLP Schedule and workshop details.

What is the Arizona Certified Landscape Professional Program?

The Arizona Certified Landscape Professional (ACLP) is an educational program for those aspiring to be professional landscapers. ALCA schedules series of workshops and online exams covering 10 topics designed for interaction and hands-on learning.  Participants will be declared an AZ Certified Landscape Professional when he/she receives at least a minimum score of 70% on all sections of the exam.

Why Become Certified?

The certification process increases knowledge and skills, earns greater respect, and enhances the public image of the industry.  Successful ACLP candidates become Arizona Certified Landscape Professionals and proudly display the ACLP designation following their names as a symbol of integrity and competence. Let the Arizona Certified Landscape Professional Program provide the nourishment you need to thrive in this growing profession.

Topics Include:

Annuals & Perennials 


Pesticides & Calibration

Plant Identification

Plant Problem Diagnosis

Safety & Tools

Soils & Fertilizer

Tree & Shrub Pruning

Tree Planting and Staking

Turf Care & Installation 


Click here for the 2017 ACLP II Schedule and workshop details.

1. Irrigation Tech II

a.      Conceptualize irrigation designs while identifying flaws in the system

b.      Locate faulty electrical components using various troubleshooting meters

c.      Demonstrate irrigation hydraulic concepts and identification of hydraulic problems within an irrigation system

d.      Work in small groups to troubleshoot challenging irrigation issues

e.      Discuss making recommendations to clients on irrigation enhancements to improve efficiency

2. Plant ID

a.      Identify trees, shrubs, accents commonly used in the Desert Southwest

b.      Study growth habits, characteristics and uses of these plants

c.      Review botanical definitions pertaining to plant anatomy

d.      Identify and classify weed species common to landscaped areas

e.      Discuss taxonomy and how plants are named and classified

*It is recommended for all students to have taken the Plant ID I class or time spent studying class material. Plants in level 1 class will be included on Plant ID II exam.

3. Plant Diseases, Disorders and Pests                             

a.      Identify plant diseases, how the organism impacts the host and options for management

b.      Compare abiotic plant disorders seen in our landscape and how to prevent plant stress

c.      Demonstrate how to perform field testing for different disorders

d.      Recognize pests impacting area plants and IPM treatment options

e.      Discuss weed management strategies

4. Tree Health Care 

a.      Study nutrition and pest management application techniques

b.      Discuss tree anatomy and physiology

c.      Review size regulation (PGRs and pruning) options

d.      Demonstrate how to improve growing conditions for trees

e.      Explain how to perform tree risk assessments

f.       Describe the implementation of a construction protection program


Additional topics to be offered in 2018:

5. Design Light

6. Soil Science & Plant Nutrition

7. Water Management

8. Advanced Turf Grass Management