About National Wildlife Federation's Certified Wildlife Landscaping Professionals Program

National Wildlife Federation's Certified Wildlife Landscaping Professionals™ program is designed to recognize professionals in the landscaping field who work in their communities to assist homes, schools, business or their community become more wildlife and ecologically friendly.

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Connecting Wildlife Enthusiasts With Professional Gardening Expertise

As a compliment to NWF’s nationally recognized Garden for Wildlife program—which includes our Certified Wildlife Habitat®Schoolyard Habitats® and Community Wildlife Habitat® certifications—this program is designed to connect wildlife enthusiasts with professionals who can help them create a wildlife-friendly garden to enjoy for years to come.  

National Wildlife Federation certifies that each individual business who has been accredited through this program is aligned with NWF's philosophy for the Garden for Wildlife program.

To achieve accreditation, businesses are reviewed and evaluated on their dedication to and understanding of how to best protect and enhance the natural environment, engage in sustainable business and landscaping practices, and represent a philosophy to provide landscapes that protect wildlife.


NWF's network of certified landscaping professionals agree to:

  • Submit documentation of their work including but not limited to, photos, designs, plant lists and business philosophy. 
  • Participate in an online training certification course designed to test knowledge and skills. 
  • Adhere to business agreements for trademarks, logo and guidelines of NWF name and standards of business practices.
  • Be listed (with successful completion of training and registration process) in NWF’s online searchable database of professionals.
  • Participate in yearly evaluation to ensure standards of certification are still met.

Benefits for Professionals and Businesses

In a competitive marketplace, National Wildlife Federation name recognition and standards of excellence provide landscaping professionals with a business advantage.

As working professionals, NWF recognizes that your time and talents are valuable to growing and sustaining your business. Our dedication to you, when you are accredited with the Certified Wildlife Landscaping Professional Network is to provide you with benefits that will both enhance and strengthen your business and client base.

  • Printable certificate recognizing your accreditation, that can easily be included in your portfolio. 
  • Exclusive access to marketing materials, including online badges, promotional language, press release templates and other resources to assist in displaying your business and its accreditation.
  • Listing in NWF's exclusive Certified Wildlife Landscaping Professional Searchable Database, where clients can comment and rate your work.
  • Potential recognition and features highlighting your work on NWF's digital properties and social networks. 
  • Opportunities for advanced training throughout the year.

Additional benefits will be provided as the program grows and develops.

How Do I Become a Certified Wildlife Landscaping Professional™?

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Step 1: Create an accountThis account will serve as your primary log in information for completing and updating your record. Keep this info somewhere safe!

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Step 2: Tell us about your business - Complete your registration by providing information about your company, photos and documentation of your work which will be used in the evaluation for your accreditation. NWF staff member will review your information for validation.

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Step 3: Fee payment - Accreditation for the program is $150 for individuals. The fee is good for one year after completion of the training and acceptance into the network. Fee is non-refundable after 30 days or completion of training.

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Step 4: Complete Landscaping Professional training course - First time registrants must successfully complete a seven part course and evaluation to assess their skills, knowledge and aptitude for wildlife and ecologically sound practices. Registrants will have one year from registration to complete course. All course work is evaluated by NWF staff member.

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Step 5: Accreditation with National Wildlife Federation - After successful completion of the course, an NWF staff member will contact you regarding your completion and provide you with your benefits package for becoming a Certified Wildlife Landscaping Professional. Your business will be listed on the searchable database as well.


Questions? Check out our FAQ or contact landscapers@nwf.org.