What is a Certified Landscape Designer’s role in the design and construction process?

A Certified Landscape Designer (CLD) has the expertise to fill several roles in the landscape design, planting and construction process. Many CLDs work independently and can represent the needs of their clients, which can be especially important in the landscape construction process.

Project Designer

Working with clients to determine the overall project objectives, a CLD will bring creativity and problem-solving skills to the project, ensuring suitable recommendations for each specific site and design challenge.

Consulting Services

In addition to design, CLDs offer consulting services that are required for steering a project from a bid process through to final construction.

Project Management

A CLD is qualified to ensure accountability and construction quality. The CLD assists clients in determining a budget, choosing a suitable landscape contractor, resolving any on-site disputes which might arise and the management of construction costs. As a project manager, a CLD will inspect the construction process, ensuring that the owner can release payment for the completed work with confidence.

Great Landscapes Start with CLDs

Here’s why:


Great landscapes happen when a there is a well-managed balance between creativity and practical problem-solving knowledge. A CLD can bring both to your project.

Third party objectivity

Working as an independent agent, a CLD can honestly and fairly represent the needs of the owner.


The CLD designation is your assurance that the CLD brings a high level of professional knowledge and expertise to every design project.


Continuing education is a requirement to maintain CLD certification.


Hiring a CLD doesn’t cost, it pays. By ensuring the most practical solutions for each design challenge, by helping the owner to find the best landscape contractor, through assistance in locating supplies and more, using the professional services of a CLD will help you achieve the most cost-effective results possible and ensure a well-performing finished project.

The CLD designation is an initiative of Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association.

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The Landscape Horticulture Certification Program is a nationally recognized, industry-developed program that sets and maintains standards for the landscape industry in Canada.