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Note: Live classes will not be held in 2022 due to COVID-19.
Registration for E-Learning is now available

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  become Certified Landscape Specialists when assigned landscape construction projects to help assure compliance of Spec 2571. Certification is achieved by participating in MnDOT classes and successfully passing MnDOT’s certification exam.  Certification is valid for three years.

2022 MnDOT Certified Landscape Specialist Training Classes

New certification

For those seeking to be certified for the first time, a one-year provisional certification will be issued upon completion of MnDOT’s online E-learning requirements including a series of E-learning modules and successfully passing an online exam. In 2022, the cost for a provisional one-year certificate is $15.

Newly certified Landscape Specialists will need to attend an in-person class and successfully pass the exam in 2023 to receive a non-provisional 3-year Landscape Specialist Certification.


Those seeking to renew their certification must complete the series of E-learning modules and successfully pass an online exam. Recertification is for three years. The cost is $40.  For those who were newly certified in 2021, you will need to renew your provisional certification again for one year until live classes are offered in 2023. The cost for renewal of a provisional certification is $15.


Registration for the 2022 Certified Landscape Specialist online e-learning course is now open. Please fill out the form and mail it, along with payment to the address listed on the form.

MnDOT employees interested in registering for the 2022 Certified Landscape Specialist online course should do so through the link provided on the course announcement emailed to you by your training representative. There is no cost to MnDOT employees.

Payment from non-MnDOT enrollees must accompany the registration form. Make checks payable to "MnDOT Commissioner of Transportation." Payment for multiple registrants may be included on a single check. Class materials will be shipped upon payment.

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