COVID-19 and Licensed Landscape Contractor Continuing Education Requirements

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On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the NC Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board voted to approve an Emergency Rule regarding Continuing Education (CE) credits required for license renewal for August 1, 2020 –  July 31, 2021. The Board took this action to support the COVID-19 social distancing efforts that have been directed by the Federal and State Government, and to assist licensed landscape contractors who are unable to locate a sufficient number of hours of in-person continuing education classes due to the social distancing directives.

The emergency rule allows a one year extension of continuing education requirements for the license year ending July 31, 2020. Credits already obtained for the current licensing year ending July 31, 2020 will be applied to the next year ending July 31, 2021. All licensed landscape contractors are still required to keep a record of their completed continuing education credits.

You will still be required to renew your license by August 1, 2020 to maintain your landscape contractor license.  To renew your license for 2020-2021, you will still submit a renewal application with the $60.00 renewal fee, and maintain a valid Surety Bond. Only the CE requirement is extended for this year.

View/download the full Emergency Rule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to renew my license by August 1, 2020?

Yes. You will still be required to renew your license by August 1, 2020 to maintain your landscape contractor license. To renew your license for 2020-2021, you will still submit a renewal application with the $60.00 renewal fee; maintain a valid Surety Bond as required for licensure, and submit a corporate renewal with $60 fee if required. Renewal instructions will be emailed, mailed and posted on the website by June 1, 2020.

What if I have already completed all or some of my CE for this year?

Any Board approved CE that you have completed from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020 will be applied to next year’s license period August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021. You are still required to keep a record of your completed continuing education credits.

What if I have not completed any CE yet for this year?

You will have until July 31, 2021 to complete 7 hours of CE.

Do I need to keep track of the CE credits I’ve taken?

Yes. You need to keep your proof of attendance forms. You will need them to renew for 2021-2022.

Contact the Licensing Board

Have additional questions about the ruling? Contact the North Carolina Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board using the info below:

Mailing Address:
PO Box 20875
Raleigh, NC 27619


Website: North Carolina Landscape Contractors’ Licensing Board

Phone: 919.266.8070