LandscapingHow do I become a Certified Landscape Manager

To qualify to become a Landscape Industry Certified Manager an individual must complete all 7 sections of the Landscape Industry Certified Manager exam, with a minimum of 70% in each section.


It is strongly recommended that candidates have at least 2000 hours of management experience before challenging the Landscape Industry Certified Manager Exam

To register for an exam, please download the form below

> pdf CLM Exam Application

Preparation Materials

Landscape Industry Certified Manager Self Study Series
This program has an exclusive set of training materials that were developed as a method for self-study in preparation for the Landscape Industry Certified Manager exam.  Each manual corresponds to a section of the exam and can be purchased separately or for savings as a set.

pdf CLM Study Manual Order Form

There are 7 modules or topic areas to the Landscape Industry Certified Manager exam and corresponding training materials:

Marketing and Sales Management
This section involves using effective communication in the marketing process.  It looks at how market research, pricing strategies, advertising, competitive bidding, contract negotiation, and customer service can improve your business.

Leadership and Corporate Citizenship
Ideas involving how managers act as effective leaders and communicators, managing change within a company and relating your business to your community.  Also looks at business structures and conflict resolution methods.

Innovation, Strategic, Business and Succession Planning

Developing effective business plans and setting goals using ideas of what is part of a successful business.  Also includes innovation, situation analysis and succession planning.

Risk management as it pertains to business operation.  Different situations involving contract law.  Understanding the differences between types of business structures and what is useful for you.

Technical – Exterior Landscaping
Examines knowledge of technical operations involved in the installation and maintenance of landscape projects.  Topics include plans, standards, irrigation systems, IPM, project management, softscape installation, grading and turf.

Human Resource Management
Examines topics covering what is involved in recruiting, hiring and maintaining employees to run a successful business.  Includes issues of compensation, training and employee safety as well as specifics about the hiring process itself.

Corporate Financial Management
Includes core accounting principles and examines a candidate’s ability to understand, evaluate and manage financial statements.  This section also covers business cycles, capitalization and financial planning.

This module-based system is a change over the previous exam, and will allow for expansion of the curriculum to include other commodity groups, including Interior, Retail, and Grower by developing and replacing the technical module (the rest of the modules are core).

Each module varies in length and time.  All questions are multiple choice, and the full exam totals 300 questions.  Candidates have 4-1/2 hours to complete the full exam.

The exam can also be split up over several exam dates.  Modules can be grouped together, or written one at a time.  In this case, the time limit varies based on the number of questions per section:

  • Finance – 90 minutes /70 questions
  • Human Resources – 45 minutes /55 questions
  • Marketing – 30 minutes /55 questions
  • Leadership & Citizenship – 30 minutes /45 questions
  • Strategic & Business Planning – 30 minutes /30 questions
  • Technical (Exterior, Interior, etc) – 30 minutes /25 questions
  • Risk, Law, & Contracts – 15 minutes /20 questions


Members:  $55 each* / $325 per set*
Non-members:  $70 each* / $425 per set*
*All orders plus shipping and handling. Shipping costs are $30+tax for Manager Manual sets and $15+tax per single manual shipment.

“[Landscape Industry Certified Manager] is a step that has allowed me to be recognized along with my peers for furthering the professionalism of the industry.  This designation will put our company on the leading edge in the advancement of training.”

– Mike Haberl Jr., Landscape Industry Certified Technician and Manager