What does the exam consist of?
There are six sections of the exam: Laws, Rules and Business Practices, Plants and Turf, Hardscaping, Design, Grading and Drainage, Irrigation and Backflow.
Required sections to be passed for Landscape Construction Professional license:
All Phase - Laws, Rules and Business Practices, Plants and Turf, Hardscaping, and Design, Grading and Drainage, Irrigation and Backflow (6 sections)
Standard - Laws, Rules and Business Practices, Plants and Turf, Hardscaping, and Design, Grading and Drainage (4 sections)
Irrigation Only - Laws & Rules and Business Practices, Irrigation and Backflow (3 sections)
Planting - Laws, Rules and Business Practices, Plants and Turf, Grading and Drainage (3 sections)
Probationary - Laws, Rules and Business Practices, Plants and Turf, Hardscaping, and Design, Grading and Drainage, Irrigation and Backflow (6 sections)
How long before I’ll know if I’m eligible to sit for the exam?
All applications are reviewed within 5 working days. The length of time before you’re notified of eligibility depends on the complexity of your application and how long it takes to verify all of your documentation. Once your application is approved you will receive notification by mail. This letter will include your ID number which you will need to begin scheduling the exam with PSI. It will also include any study material the LCB provides for the exam (such as a copy of the current laws and rules, a plant ID CD, OSHA information, and plumbing codes for the backflow section).
What should I study for the exam?
The Laws & Rules and various other study materials will be sent to you when your application has been approved to take the exam. A list of study/resource material will also be sent to you. This list can also be found on our website and in the Candidate Information Bulletin.
Can I get a sample exam or previous exam to study?
No. There are sample questions included in the Candidate Information Bulletin, as well as a lot of information regarding the exam, the subjects of each section and PSI’s exam procedures.
How often is the exam given?
The exam is given on an individual basis by appointment with PSI.
Where is the exam given?
The exam is currently administered through PSI. PSI has 7 exam locations in Oregon (Baker City, Bend, Eugene, Independence, Medford, Wilsonville and Portland). A detailed list including addresses is provided in the Candidate Information Bulletin published by PSI.
How many questions are on the exam?
The number of questions varies from 50 to 100 per section. The All Phase exam (all six sections) has a total of approximately 350 questions. There is detailed information regarding each section of the exam in the Candidate Information Bulletin.
If I do not pass, is the fee refunded?
If I fail, can I take the exam again?
You may take the exam as many times as needed.
Is there a fee to retake the exam?
Yes. The exam is administered by PSI and the cost to retake the exam is $65 for the first section and $10 for each additional section per sitting.
Once I pass the exam, can I start working?
No. Passing the exam allows you to become a licensed landscape construction professional. However, to begin work, you must be employed by or own a licensed landscape contracting business (see business license application packet).
What do I do after I pass all the sections of the exam that are required for the license?
You will need to pay the initial license fee, which is $100. This is an annual license fee.
What other licenses do I need?
Besides a landscape construction professional license, you also need a landscape contracting business license and possibly a local business license if you plan to start your own business.