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Landscape titles and what they mean.

Smartscape Professional

Smartscape is a training program for landscape professionals focusing on water-efficient techniques. Participants complete 20 hours of training and must pass an exam to become a Smartscape Professional. Find a Smartscape Professional in your area.

Arizona Certified Landscape Professional
A landscaper who has received certification by the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association. Requires completion of a 12 month training in 16 different content areas and passing a written and practical exam. 
Contact: ALCA, 6619 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250, 480 296-2064.

Arizona Certified Nursery Professional
Requires one year experience working in the nursery industry and passing an exam on horticulture, landscape design, plant identification, etc. 
Contact: Arizona Nursery Association, 1430 W. Broadway, A-125, Tempe, AZ 85282-1127. 480-966-1610.

Certified Arborist
An arborist has received certification by the International Society of Arboriculture. Exam on tree ID and care. Thirty hours of continuing education required every three years.
Contact: International Society of Arboriculture, Post Office Box 3129, Champaign, IL, 61826-3129, (217) 355-9411.

Certified Desert Landscaper
Requires completion of the Desert Landscaper Certification program administered by the Desert Botanical Garden consisting of 30 workshops over a 10 month period which includes basic training, hands-on experience and a final comprehensive landscaping project. 
Contact: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008, 480-941-1225.

Certified Irrigation Specialist
Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA), Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC), Certified Irrigation Designer (CID), or Certified Irrigation Manager (CIM). The four certifications listed above represent different levels of certification. A Landscape Irrigation Auditor is the beginning level, and an Irrigation Manager is the advanced level.
Contact: The Irrigation Association, 8260 Willow Oaks Corp. Dr., Suite 120, Fairfax, VA 22031, 703-573-3551.

Certified Tree Worker
A Tree worker trained to prune and climb properly and certified by the International Society of Arboriculture. Requires an oral test on tree care and practical exam covering climbing skills. Requires 18 months of experience, continuing education is required.
Contact: International Society of Arboriculture, Post Office Box 3129, Champaign, IL, 61826-3129, (217) 355-9411.

Consulting Arborist
These professionals typically assist law firms, insurance companies, utilities, land developers, municipalities, landscape planners and architects, homeowners, individuals and organizations coping with disaster mitigation, and others requiring authoritative knowledge and perspective on trees. American Society of Consulting Arborists 

A horticulturist has had formal training, such as a two-year, four-year or advanced degree in horticulture.

Landscape Architect
BS in Landscape Architecture and holds a state license with the Arizona Board of Technical Registration.
Requires apprenticeship time under a licensed Landscape Architect and passing a national exam. 
Contact: Arizona Board of Technical Registration, 1110 W. Washington St., Suite 240, Phoenix, Arizona, 85007, (602) 364-4930. 

Landscape Contractor
A landscape installation and maintenance contractor. Certification by the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.
Testing and certification required, Insurance required. 
Contact: Arizona Registrar of Contractors, 800 W. Washington, Sixth Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85007, (602) 542-1525 or (888) 271-9286. 

Landscape Designer
Landscape designers offer various landscape design services. Although a degree, license or certification is not required, those who use this title often possess knowledge, education, training and/or experience in landscape design. A Landscape Architect in training will often refer to them self as a Landscape Designer.

A landscaper offers a variety of landscape services, typically in the areas of installation and maintenance. Licensing and certification are not required.

Master Gardener
A volunteer (not for hire) with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension who has completed 16 weeks of horticultural training in soils, botany, integrated pest management, plant pathology, desert-adapted plants, turf, citrus, etc., and 50 volunteer hours.
Contact: University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, 4341 E. Broadway, Phoenix, AZ 85040, (602) 827-8200. 

Pesticide Applicator Certification – Pest Control
A pesticide (herbicide, insecticide, fungicide) applicator who has been tested and certified by the Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission. Arizona law requires that anyone who applies pesticides as a part of their job must be certified. 
(Nursery workers are required to have certification with the Arizona Department of Agriculture).
Contact: Arizona Structural Pest Control Commission, 9535 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258-5514, 602-255-3664.