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Examination Information

Updates to the Exam

Effective March 1, 2014:

Effective April 25, 2013:

  • Landscape Construction; Grading and Drainage; Safety, Estimating, Soils and Chemicals; and Irrigation exam sections will be sourced to the new study guide developed by the agency - Landscape Construction, Oregon Landscape Contractors Board Special Edition, by David Sauter.
  • Extra time will be given to individuals whose primary language is not English. This request must be made to PSI prior to scheduling your exam appointment.

  • All sections are open book, excep tthe Backflow section. You will not be allowed to use your own books, but will be given a book at the exam site to use.
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Getting Started

You must first submit an application to the LCB to sit for the exam. When your application is approved you will receive a packet of information from us. This will include some of the study material, as well as an ID number. Once you receive your ID number you may begin setting up your exam with PSI. If your application is not approved you will receive a letter within 7 business days requesting further documentation.

Please take time to read how to become licensed. This provides you with a step by step licensing process.

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Test Provider & Locations

Once your application is approved and you have received your ID number, you may contact PSI at 800-733-9267 or online at www.psiexams.com to pay for and schedule an exam appointment.
PSI offers 6 locations in Oregon where you may schedule to take the exam:
Baker City: 2101 Main St, Suite 203
Bend: 325 N Vermont Place, Suite 106
Eugene: 1955 Empire Park Dr., Suite 1
Medford: 1236 A North Riverside Ave
Portland: 8383 NE Sandy Blvd., Suite 201
Independence: 4901 Airport Road
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Examination Costs/Time Limit


The cost for the exam is $65 for the first section and $10 for each additional section per sitting.

EXAM SECTION​ # OF QUESTIONS ​TIME LIMIT
Laws, Rule and Business Practice open book​ ​100 ​3 hours
Plants and Turf​ open book​ ​55 ​1 hour
Landscape Construction​ open book​ ​60 ​1 hour 15 min
Grading and Drainage​ open book​ ​45 ​1 hour
Safety, Estimating, Soils and Chemicals​ open book​ ​50 1 hour​
​Irrigation open book​ ​100 ​2 hours
Backflow​ closed book​ ​50 ​1 hour

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Exam Study Materials

Click here to see a list of exam study materials.

Most of the study materials may be obtained online and/or ordered from the LCB.

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FAQ About the Exam

What does the exam consist of?
There are seven sections of the exam: Laws, Rules and Business Practices, Plants and Turf, Landscape Construction, Grading and Drainage, General Safety, Estimating, Soil Science & Chemicals, Irrigation and Backflow.

Required sections to be passed for Landscape Construction Professional license:
All Phase - Laws, Rules and Business Practices, Plants and Turf, Landscape Construction, Grading and Drainage, General Safety, Estimating, Soil Science & Chemicals, Irrigation and Backflow (7 sections)

Standard - Laws, Rules and Business Practices, Plants and Turf, Landscape Construction, Grading and Drainage, General Safety, Estimating, Soil Science & Chemicals (5 sections)

Irrigation Only - Laws & Rules and Business Practices, Irrigation and Backflow (3 sections)

Probationary - Laws, Rules and Business Practices, Plants and Turf, Landscape Construction, Grading and Drainage, General Safety, Estimating, Soil Science & Chemicals, Irrigation and Backflow (7 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 6 exam locations in Oregon (Baker City, Bend, Eugene, Independence, Medford 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 45 to 100 per section. The All Phase exam (all seven sections) has a total of approximately 450 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?
No.

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 $95. 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.

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Candidate Information Bulletin

The Candidate Information Bulletin contains helpful information on PSI's policies and procedures. It contains a breakdown of each section of the exam, including subcategories, number of questions, time limit and study material. The bulletin also has information regarding:

  • How to schedule an exam
  • Test site locations
  • What to expect at your appointment
  • What ID is required for your appointment
  • How to make special arrangements for your appointment, if needed
  • Cancelation and late policy
  • Sample exam questions

Candidate Information Bulletin​

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