With a new computer-based professional horticulture license exam system now in place, the Louisiana Horticulture Commission has improved the licensing process said ​Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

“We are excited about the new computer-based horticulture-license exams which have streamlined the testing process while maintaining the integrity of the exams,” Strain said.

Candidates requesting exam appointments at LDAF satellite offices will notice the update the most.

“In the past, if a candidate wanted to take an exam at one of our LDAF satellite offices, it would take a week or more before the candidate would receive their score. The test would be mailed from Baton Rouge to the satellite office, administered, then sealed and returned to the LDAF headquarters in Baton Rouge where it would then be graded,” Strain said. “Candidates will now receive their score immediately.”

Candidates must submit an exam application and fee. All exams are administered by appointment at LDAF offices located around the state including the Baton Rouge headquarters.

The following professional horticulture license exams are now ​computer-based: Landscape Horticulturist, Landscape Irrigation Contractor, Arborist, Utility Arborist, Retail Florist and Wholesale Florist. The computer-based Landscape Architect state exam is currently in the final development and testing stages.

Source: Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry