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Roadside Vegetation Management

Environmental Stewardship

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Landscape design is done primarily by the Landscape Architecture Unit in the Office of Technical Support. The Landscape Architecture Unit and Forestry Unit collaborate extensively in all areas of landscape planning, design, development and management. The Landscape Architecture Unit creates context sensitive solutions for transportation corridor planning and design to ensure integration with the community and the environment. Core functions consist of:



Programmatic responsibilities include outdoor advertising control and the Landscaping Partnership program. Products include planning and scoping recommendations, design concept studies, corridor design guides, design/visualization/research studies, project programming and STIP recommendation reports, final design and contract documents, and partnership agreements.







Certified landscape specialist training


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 3 years.



Certification/recertification courses

The MnDOT Roadside Vegetation Management and Environmental Planning and Design Units have collaborated to offer certification and recertification courses as a Landscape Specialist. The course is a one day class from 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. on the following dates:



To enroll

Complete and return the registration form below. Arden Hills class size is limited to 65 people and the St. Cloud course to 70 people. 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 $30 per person (includes lunch & 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 payable to "Commissioner of Transportation.”


Send registration form and payment to:

    Paul Voigt
    395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 620
    St. Paul, MN 55155




Registration and fees will be subject to our cancellation policy. All cancellations must be made no later than 7 calendar days prior to the class starting date. No refunds will be given after this time. Notice of cancellation must be in writing, via letter (see mail address below), fax (651-366-3603) or by email to



Online E-learning recertification option--CLS 2015 Online recertification will be available in mid to late Jan. 2015.

For those who are seeking to be recertified, we now offer an online recertification program. This option will involve going through 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 3 years. Again, this option is available for recertification only, so if you have not been certified in the past or your certification has been expired for more than 2 years, you would have to attend one of the regular “live” classes. Also, for those who prefer a live class for recertification, you can still use that option as well.


Non MnDOT registration - To register for the online recertification, use the form below. For non MnDOT people, cost for the E-learning option is $30 per student. Payment for multiple students from one company or organization may be included on a single check payable to "Commissioner of Transportation.”


Send online registration form and payment to:


MnDOT registration - If you are a MnDOT employee wishing to register for the online recertification, use the form below.

    • CLS 2015 online recertification registration form for MnDOT employees will be available in mid to late Jan. 2015


Send online registration form to:

    Paul Voigt
    395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 620
    St. Paul, MN 55155