August 14, 2015
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New CLD website launched

Landscape Industry Certified Designer program has announced its new website is now online.

The new website promotes benefits on both being certified and the benefits to consumers who hire certified designers. It also contains a background on the new program.

“The Landscape Design Sector Group, formed under the administration of Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, founded the Landscape Industry Certified Designer designation as a way to establish a high standard of excellence for the landscape design profession,” says the website. “This provides landscape designers with a valid way to communicate their professional status to their clients.”

Haig Seferian CLD, of Seferian Design Group in Burlington, is a member of the organizing group. “The CLD program still has a few minor issues to work out, such as a grandfathering clause and promotion of certification to the public, but we are well on our way,” says Seferian.

Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) is administering and marketing the CLD certification.

The next test will take place at Congress on Jan. 5 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The CLD certification is earned through both a written evaluation, followed by a portfolio review by industry professionals.

Seferian says that the certification will provide designers with a means of proving to clients that they have the necessary education and industry experience. “A CLD designation will tell consumers that the designer holding that designation has written and passed an industry test that proves a high degree of proficiency.”

Seferian went on to say that the Landscape Industry Certified Designer program is designed for ‘true’ landscape designers, with a focus on residential design/build.

To view the new CLD website go to