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Certified landscape specialist training

Certification/recertification courses

MnDOT Standard Specifications for Plant Installation (2571) requires landscape contractors have a Certified Landscape Specialist on the project site at all times to perform or directly supervise plant installation and establishment. It is recommended that MnDOT and other agency or consultant inspectors also hold certification. Certification is valid for three years.

The MnDOT Environmental Planning and Design Unit is pleased to again offer certification and recertification courses as a Landscape Specialist.

2021 class dates

Live class registration forms will be available in late December 2020.

  • Jan. 20, 2021 in Arden Hills
  • Jan. 27, 2021 in Saint Cloud

Registrants will be placed in their requested class on a first-received basis. If your requested class is full, you will be placed in the next available class. Payment must accompany the registration form. Fee for this course is $40 per person (includes lunch and all class materials). Make checks payable to "Commissioner of Transportation". Payment for multiple students going to the same class may be included on a single check.

Questions related to the 2021 MnDOT Certified Landscape Specialist Training Classes should be directed to:

Michelle Huettl
395 John Ireland Blvd. MS 686
St. Paul, MN 55155

Online e-learning option

For those seeking to be recertified, we now offer an online recertification program. This option will involve a series of E-learning (online) modules and completing an online exam at the end. Upon completion of the E-learning program and passing the exam, you would be recertified for three years. Again, this option is available forĀ recertification only, so if you have not been certified in the past or your certification has been expired for more than two years, you would have to attend one of the “live” classes instead. For those who prefer a live class for recertification, you can still use that option instead.

Non-MnDOT E-learning registration

Registration for the 2021 Certified Landscape Specialist online e-learning recertification will be available in early 2021 (January or February). Check back to this web page for updates.

MnDOT employees interested in registering for the 2021 Certified Landscape Specialist online recertification should do so through their employee development/training person in their Office or District in early 2021.


Registration and fees will be subject to our cancellation policy. All cancellations must be made no later than seven calendar days prior to the class starting date. No refunds will be given after this time. Notice of cancellation must be in writing, by letter (see mail address above), fax (651-366-3603) or email to Michelle.Huettl@state.mn.us.

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