Education

Continuing Education Requirements by State

For questions and to confirm continuing education (CE) requirements, please contact the appropriate state licensing board(s). All licensees should take the time to understand their state's requirements to select activities and subjects that qualify in their state. CE hours, links to state CE requirements, and board contact info are available below:

Mandatory CE: Doesn't recognize LA CES
Mandatory CE: LA CES satisfies requirements (may be limited to HSW in some states)
Mandatory CE: LA CES satisfies requirements (must meet other state requirements)
No Active CE Requirements*

Continuing Education Requirements by State

Alaska

CE Requirements: 24 PDH per 2 years 

Continuing Education Information

Contact the State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors
aelsboard@alaska.gov
907-465-2550

Arizona

No continuing education requirements

State of Arizona Board of Technical Registration

602-364-4930

Arkansas

CE Requirements: 12 CEH per year 

Continuing Education Information

Contact the State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, & Interior Designers
asbalaid@arkansas.gov
501-682-3171

California

No continuing education requirements

California Architects Board: The Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC) 

916-575-7230

Colorado

No continuing education requirements

Colorado State Board of Landscape Architects

303-894-7800

Connecticut

CE Requirements: 24 contact hours/ 2 years 

Connecticut State Board of Landscape Architects
Department of Consumer Protection, Division of Real Estate and Professional Trades

Email: dep.occupationalprofessional@ct.gov
Phone: 860-713-6100

Florida

Continuing Education: 16 hours/ 2 years

(850) 487-1395

Georgia

Professional Development Hours: 12 contact hours / 2 years  

Georgia Board of Landscape Architects

Phone: 478-207-2440

Idaho

No continuing education requirements

Idaho Board of Landscape Architects 

208-334-3233

Illinois

Professional Development Hours: 24 CE hours/ 2 years  
•    Effective for renewal period ending August 31, 2015.
•    CE hour = 50 minutes instruction or participation
•    No carryover permitted
•    20 CE hours must be obtained in structured educational activities
•    All CE must be in subjects directly related to the profession of landscape architecture and must be performed outside of the normal practice of one’s occupation. Licensees are encouraged to emphasize HSW subjects.

Administration: Requires the division to conduct random audits to verify compliance.

Activities:
•    ‘Structured Educational Activities’ are defined as: ASLA and CLARB endorsed seminars; seminars endorsed by professional organizations related to landscape architecture; university courses related to landscape architecture; and self-study courses presented by correspondence, internet, television, video or audio, ending with an examination or other verification process.
•    ‘Unstructured Credit Hours’ are defined as: teaching or instructing a course or seminar related to landscape architecture for the first time only (2 CE hours earned for every hour of teaching or instructing; does not apply to faculty in the performance of their regularly assigned duties); authoring papers or articles that appear in nationally circulated publications, journals, or trade magazines or presented to a university, professional society or organization (4 CE hours per paper or presentation, but not both); and active participation on a committee or holding an office in a professional or technical society related to landscape architecture (2 CE hours per committee membership or office held).
•    University Courses (Quarter credit hour = 10 CE hours; Semester credit hour = 15 CE hours)

Recordkeeping: Licensee has responsibility to maintain a 4-year record, including the name and address of the sponsor or provider, the number of hours attended in each program, the date and place of the program, and a certificate of attendance; or a log of activities that includes the date and number of hours claimed as CE, a brief statement of the subject matter, printed program schedules, registration receipts, or other proof of participation.

Reciprocity: CE hours used to satisfy the CE requirements for another jurisdiction may be applied to fulfil Illinois requirements if they meet Illinois requirements.

Exemptions:
•    New licensees are not required to meet the provisions for the first biennium in which the licensee is licensed
•    Licensees seeking a waiver due to extreme hardship, defined as an inability to devote sufficient hours to fulfilling the CE requirements during the applicable renewal period because of: full-time service in the U.S. armed forces during a substantial part of the renewal period; an incapacitating illness; or other extenuating circumstances

Indiana

Professional Development Hours: 24 / 2 years

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

Email: pla10@pla.in.gov

Phone: 317-234-3022.  

Iowa

Professional Development Hours: 24 / 2 years


Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau
Email: LandscapeArchitectureBoard@iowa.gov
Phone: 515-725-9022 ext. 6

Kansas

Professional Development Hours: 30 PDH / 2 years

Kansas State Board of Technical Professions

E-mail: KSBTPadmin@KS.GOV

Phone: 785-296-3053   


Kentucky

 Professional Development Hours: 15 hours / annually   

Kentucky Board of Landscape Architects

Phone: 859-246-2753

Louisiana

Professional Development Hours: 8 hours / annually

Louisiana Horticulture Commission
Email: commissioner@ldaf.state.la.us
Phone: 225-922-1234

 

Maryland

Professional Development Hours: 24 PDH / 2 years

  
Maryland Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects
Email: DLOPLBoardofExaminersofLandscapeArchitects-LABOR@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-230-6256
 

Massachusetts

No continuing education requirements

Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

617-727-3074

Michigan

No continuing education requirements

The Bureau of Professional Licensing

517-241-9288

Mississippi

Professional Development Hours: 24 CEU/ 2 years 


Mississippi State Board of Architecture
Email: msboa@msboa.ms.gov
Phone: 601-856-4652

Missouri

Professional Development Hours: 24 hours / 2 years 

Board For Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Professional Landscape Architects

Email: moapeplspla@pr.mo.gov

Phone: 573-751-0047

 

 

Montana

CE Requirements: 12 HSW PHD, annually 

Montana Board of Architects and Landscape Architects

Email: dlibsdhelp@mt.gov

Phone: 406-841-2300

Nebraska

Professional Development Hours: 15 hours / annually 


Nebraska State Board of Landscape Architects
Email: nsbla.board@nebraska.gov
Phone: (402) 471-2407

 

Nevada

Professional Development Hours: 8 hours / annually 

Nevada State Board Landscape Architecture

Email: LandscapeBoard@nsbla.nv.gov 

Phone: (775) 971- 4410

New Hampshire

CE Requirements: 30 PDH, 2 years


New Hampshire Board of Landscape Architects

Email: Christine.Horne@oplc.nh.gov

Phone: 603-271-0607

North Dakota

No continuing education requirements

ND State Board of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Email: stacy@scgnd.com

Phone 701-223-3540

 

Pennsylvania

CE Requirement: 24 clock hours / 2 years (Odd Numbered Years) - requirement currently suspended

Puerto Rico

Requisitos CE: Reglamento de Juntas Examinadoras de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico

Teléfono: 787-722-2122 #4309

Correo Electrónico: jvazquez@estado.pr.gov

Rhode Island

No continuing education requirements

Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects

Phone: 401-462-9594

South Dakota

CE Requirements: 30 Hours / 2 Years

South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation

Phone: 605-394-2510

Tennessee

CE Requirements: 24 Hours / 2 Years

 
Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners

Phone: 615-741-3221

Email: Ask.TDCI@TN.Gov

 

Texas

CE Requirement: 12 Hours / 1 year


Texas Board of Architectural Examiners

Phone: 512-305-9000

Utah

16 Contact Hours / 2 years
•    Deems courses provided by LA CES approved providers as acceptable for continuing education requirements
•    Contact hour  = 50 minutes of course time
•    8 CH may be carried over to the next biennial reporting period
•    All CH must have an identifiable, clear statement of purpose and defined objective directly related to the practice of landscape architecture and directly related to topics involving the public health, safety, and welfare of landscape architectural practice and the ethical standards of landscape architectural practice.
•    Health: shall include aspects of landscape architectural practice that have salutary effects among users of sites, site structures, pedestrian ways, and vehicular facilities that are environmental and affect human health. Examples include all aspects of air quality, provisions of personal hygiene, and use of non-toxic materials and finishes.
•    Safety: shall include aspects of landscape architectural practice intended to limit or prevent accidental injury or death among users such as sites, site structures, or construction sites. Examples include safe access and egress within sites and site structures, minimization of slipping hazards on exterior surfaces, correct proportions and visibility of stairs, safety railings, and accommodations for users with disabilities.
•    Welfare: shall include aspects of landscape architectural practice intended to limit or prevent accidental injury or death among users such as sites, site structures, or construction sites. Examples include safe access and egress within sites and site structures, minimization of slipping hazards on exterior surfaces, correct proportions and visibility of stairs, safety railings, and accommodations for users with disabilities.
•    Ethical standards: shall include the ASLA Code of Professional Ethics, specified in Subsection R156-53-401(4).


Activities:
•    Activity provider or sponsor must be: an accredited college or university; state or federal agency; professional association, organization, or company related to the practice of landscape architecture; or commercial continuing education provider providing an activity related to landscape architecture.
•    In-house programs sponsored by an organization
•    Seminars, lectures, conferences, training sessions, webinars, internet courses, distance learning courses, televised courses (unlimited hours may be recognized for continuing education that is online, distance-learning, correspondence course, or home study provided the activity verifies registration and participation in the activity by means of a test or other assessment method including a final summary, individual paper, or individual project that demonstrates that the participant learned the material presented)
•    Authoring of an article, textbook, or professional book publication (3 CH max)
•    Lecturing in or instructing a continuing education course (6 CH max; first offering only)
•    Study of a scholarly peer-reviewed journal article, book, or book chapter
•    Pro-bono service that has a clear purpose and objective and maintains, improves, or expands the professional knowledge or skill of licensee (4 CH max)
•    Mentoring one or more students for one day at the Landscape Architecture Shadow Mentor Day, mentoring program, or other mentoring event (2 CH max)
•    Membership on a state regulatory board for the practice of landscape architecture (4 CH max)
•    Serving as an elected officer or appointed chair of a committee or organization in a professional society or organization (2 CH max)
•    Serving as an elected officer or appointed member of a professional board or commission (2 CH max)
•    Serving as an exam grader or on a committee writing exam materials for professional registration or licensing exam (4 CH max)
•    1 University semester credit hour = 45 CH.  
•    1 IACET CEU = 10 CH

Recordkeeping: Licensee has responsibility for maintaining five-year record (three years after the end of the renewal cycle), and must certify compliance with license renewal application.  Documentation must include the date, title, and contact hours associated with the activity, the name of the provider and the instructor, and the activity objectives.  If the activity is self-directed, the documentation must include the dates of study or research, the title and abstract of the paper/article/book, and the number of contact hours.


Exemptions:
•    New licensees in the first renewal period must complete the number of hours in the biennium prorated from the date of initial licensure.
•    Licensees may request a waiver or an extension of time to complete requirement due to a medical or related condition, humanitarian or ecclesiastical services, extended presence in a geographical area where continuing education is not available, etc
.

Vermont

No continuing education requirements

Virginia

16 CE Credit Hours / 2 years
•    Deems courses provided by LA CES approved providers as acceptable for continuing education requirements
•    CECH = 50 minutes of course time
•    No carryover permitted

Administration:  Regulations provide for a random audit of licensees.

Activities:
•    Must have a clear purpose and objective that will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the practice of landscape architecture.
•    Allows subjects in areas related to business practices, including project management, risk management, and
ethics, which have demonstrated relevance to landscape architecture practice.
•    Successfully completing one college semester hour of credit (15 CECHs);one quarter semester hour of credit (10 CECHs).
•    Self-directed study (must successfully meet assessment)
•    Teaching a CE activity (2x credit; first teaching of course only)

Recordkeeping: Licensee has responsibility for maintaining three-year record of continuing education activities.

Exemptions: Licensees experiencing illness or undue hardship, as determined by the board



Washington

24 PDH / 2 years
•    PDH = 50 minutes of course time
•    At least 18 PDH must address public health, safety, and welfare
•    12 PDH may be carried over from the second year of the biennium to the subsequent year
•    Those licensed for 25 or more consecutive years in a CLARB-recognized jurisdiction only need to complete 4 PDHs per year.

Administration:  The board must audit between 5-15% of licensees each year. 

Activities:
•    Must have a clear purpose and objective that will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge relevant to the practice of landscape architecture.
•    Course work, seminars, professional/technical meetings, conventions, conferences (teaching these courses applicable, with a 10 PDH/year maximum). Teaching is not available to full-time faculty.
•    Participation in organized courses, including employer-provided courses, on environmental health topics/ first aid/ safety, technical or management skills.
•    Attendance at professional or technical society meetings with an informational program (maximum 5 PDH/ year)
•    Authoring technical paper papers or articles (maximum of 10 PDH) or books (maximum 30 PDH)
•    Serving as an elected officer or appointed chair of a committee of an organization in a professional society or organization (PDH earned upon completion of one year of service; maximum 4 PDH per organization)
•    Serving as an elected officer or appointed member of a board or commission (PDH earned upon completion of one year of service; maximum 4 PDH per organization)
•    Professional exam grading or writing (maximum of 8 PDH/ biennium)
•    Membership on the regulatory board for landscape architecture (maximum 8 PDH/ year)
•    Attendance at meetings or hearings of the board (excludes existing board members or parties or witnesses to hearings before the board; maximum 6 PDH/year)
•    Work outside the normal duties of employment that involves participation in other recognized professional activities (maximum 2 PDH / year)
•    Self-study (maximum of 5 PDH/ year)
•    Pro bono service that has a clear purpose and objective and maintains, improves, or expands the professional knowledge or skill of the licensee (4 hours = 1 PDH; maximum 4 PDH/year)
•    Participation in any activity involving substantial and organized peer interaction, excluding time spent in regular employment (maximum 5 PDH/year)
•    In-house courses are acceptable if also advertised and open to the public.
•    The following activities do not qualify: activities a condition of a board order; attendance or testimony at legislative hearings, at city/county meetings, or at trials; time spent fund-raising for scholarships or other society purposes or lobbying for legislation; attendance at gatherings primarily social in nature; or membership/attendance in service club meetings.

Recordkeeping: Licensee has responsibility for maintaining five-year record, including the date of each activity, the instructor's name, a description of activity and its location and the number of PDHs.

Exemptions:
•    Licensees called to active military duty for at least 120 days
•    Licensees experiencing physical disability, prolonged illness, or other extenuating circumstances that pose a personal hardship
•    Licensees in Retired Status

West Virginia

8 PDH/ year
•    Deems courses provided by LA CES approved providers as acceptable for continuing education requirements
•    PDH = Professional Development Hour (at least 50 minutes of instruction/hour)
•    At least 6 PDH must be in structured education activities that directly address public health, safety, and welfare issues related to landscape architecture
•    A maximum of 8 PDH may be carried over to the next renewal period.


Administration:  Directs the board to conduct random audit of 10% of renewal applications.
Activities:
•    Must have a clear purpose and objective that will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge specific to the practice of landscape architecture.
•    Correspondence, televised, videotaped, and internet seminars and other short courses and tutorials and professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions or conferences.
•    In-house courses are acceptable if also advertised and open to the public.
•    Post-graduate college or unit semester courses (45 PDH)
•    College or unit quarter course (30 PDH)
•    International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) unit (10 PDH)
•    One hour course work, seminars, professional conventions, workshops (participation: 1 PDH; teaching: 2 PDH). Teaching is not available to full-time faculty.
•    Authoring published papers, articles or books related to landscape architecture (actual preparation time, maximum of 10 PDH)
•    Attending a WVASLA Chapter meeting (1 PDH at maximum 4/year)
•    Participation in activities that advance the knowledge and understanding the public has regarding the practice of landscape architecture and how the profession contributes to the public health, safety and welfare (1 PDH for 2 hours in actual participation, maximum of 4 PDH).
•    Training related to business operations or management is not acceptable.


Recordkeeping: Licensee has responsibility for maintaining four-year record, and must submit records only upon audit. 

Exemptions:
•    New licensees by examination or reciprocity until after first renewal period
•    Licensees called to active duty in the U.S. armed forces for more than 120 consecutive days in a year
•    Licensees experiencing illness, disabling conditions, or other extenuating circumstances, upon review and approval by the board
•    Retired or inactive licensees

Wisconsin

24 CEH/ 2 years
•    Deems courses provided by LA CES approved providers as acceptable for continuing education requirements
•    CEH = Continuing Education  Hour (at least 50 minutes of instruction/hour)
•    At least 16 CEH must relate to public health, safety, and welfare issues related to landscape architecture. Defines HSW as any topics or subjects related to the practice of landscape architecture that are deemed appropriate to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare, including the proper planning, design and construction of buildings, structures, infrastructures, and the spaces within and surrounding buildings and structures that meet the following criteria: (a) Minimize the risk of injury to persons or property and comply with applicable building and safety codes; (b) Are durable, environmentally friendly, cost effective, and conserve resources; (c) Are aesthetically appealing; (d) Function properly in all relevant respects; (e) Enhance the public’s sense of well−being, harmony and integration with the surrounding environment.
•    At least 2 CEH must be in professional conduct and ethics subjects
•    Does not allow credits to carry over to the next renewal period.

Administration:  Directs the board to conduct random audit of 10% of renewal applications.


Activities:
•    CE is defined as planned, professional development activities designed to contribute to the advancement, extension and enhancement of the professional skills and scientific knowledge of the registrant in the practice of landscape architecture for the benefit of the health, safety and welfare of the public.
•    Continuing education shall be in the topics or subject areas of landscape architecture, building design, landscape design, environmental or land use analysis, life safety, landscape architectural programming, site planning, site and soils analyses, plant material, accessibility, lateral forces, selection of building systems and structural systems, construction methods, contract documentation and construction administration, or the Wisconsin statutes and rules regulating landscape architects.
•    Activities must meet the following criteria: (1) the activity constitutes an organized method of instruction that contributes directly to the professional competency of the licensee and pertains to subject matters which integrally relate to the practice of landscape architecture; (2) the activity is conducted by individuals who have specialized education, training or experience and are considered qualified concerning the subject matter of the program; and (3) the activity provides proof of attendance or completion by the registrant and fulfills pre−established goals and objectives.
•    Approved providers may include: ASLA, CLARB, ULI, ANLA, APA, NSPE, NRPA, AIA, CSI, state or federal training programs, and educational institutions.
•    Online, correspondence, televised, videotaped, or other short courses and tutorials
•    Presentations at related  professional or technical presentations meetings at which at least one hour is spent discussing landscape architecture or attending a lecture on related topics, or both
•    Landscape architecture programs, seminars, tutorials, workshops, short courses or in−house courses conducted by an instructor where the student and instructor interact simultaneously in real−time, including traditional classroom or live events. (participation: 1 CEH; teaching: 3 CEH (max 6 CEH)).
•    College course in landscape architecture or related sciences (semester hour-16 CEH; quarter hour-12 CEH)
•    Teaching is available for the first time course is given.  Credit not available to full-time faculty in the performance of their regularly assigned duties.
•    Authoring landscape architecture related papers or articles that appear in circulated journals or trade magazines. (actual preparation time, maximum of 6 CEH)
•    Serving as a jury panel member on a professional landscape architect work or design competition.
•    Providing professional service to the public by serving as an officer or committee member of a technical or professional society, board, commission or other organization related to landscape architecture. (2 CEH for one full year of service; max 2 CEH)
•    Educational tours of landscape architecturally significant projects which are sponsored by a college, professional organization or system supplier (max 8 CEH)

Recordkeeping: Licensee has responsibility for maintaining four-year record, which must include all of the following: (1) The name and address of the sponsor or provider; (2) A brief statement of the subject matter; (3) Printed schedules, registration receipts, certificates of attendance, or other proof of participation; and (4) The number of hours attended in each activity and the date and place of the activity.

Reciprocity: An applicant for licensure from another state who applies for licensure to practice landscape
architecture may receive credit for completion of CE obtained in another jurisdiction within the 2 years prior to application if the landscape architect section determines that the CE is substantially equivalent to the requirements of this chapter.

Exemptions:
•    New licensees by examination or reciprocity until after first renewal period
•    Licensees may receive a waiver due to “extreme hardship,” defined as one of the following:
o    Full−time service in the U.S. armed forces for a period of one year during the biennium.
o    An incapacitating illness documented by a statement from a licensed health care provider resulting in an inability to participate in a CE activity.
o    Retirement whereby the renewal applicant no longer receives remuneration from providing landscape architecture services.
o    Any other extenuating circumstances
.

Wyoming

24 CEH / 2 years 
•    Deems courses provided by LA CES approved providers as acceptable for continuing education requirements
•    CEH = Continuing Education Hour (at least 50 minutes of instruction/hour)
•    Licensees who have not held a license for the full two-year period must complete a pro-rated number of CEHs based upon the time of licensure during that period.
•    All 124 CEHmust be in health, safety and welfare (HSW) subjects acquired in structured education activities. 
•    HSW subjects are defined as technical and professional subjects, relative to the practice of landscape architecture (or architecture), which the board deems appropriate to safeguard the public’s health, safety and welfare.  Such subjects include, but are not limited to, sustainable design, building design, landscape design, environmental or land use analysis, life safety, architectural programming, site planning, site and soils analyses, plant material, accessibility, structural systems considerations, lateral forces, building codes, evaluation and selection of building systems, products or materials, construction methods, contract documentation, and construction administration.
•    Licensees may  not carry over excess CEHs to the next renewal period.

Administration: Allows the board to audit CEHs for compliance.

Activities:
•    Structured Educational Activities, defined as activities that: (1) include technical and practical applications that impact public health, safety and welfare; (2) maintain, improve or enhance the quality of the existing technical knowledge; (3) fill voids that may exist in the professional education and internship training or develop new and relevant professional skills and knowledge; (4) have clear purposes and objectives; (5) be well-organized, presented in a sequential manner, and provide evidence of pre-planning; (6) be presented by persons who are qualified by education or experience in the field being taught; and (7) provide the participant documentation for individual record keeping and reporting. 
•    Health, safety and welfare subject content acceptable for landscape architectural continuing education includes:
o    Codes, laws and regulations
o    Environmental issues
o    Programming, planning, or design proficiency
o    Planning, engineering, horticulture, construction contracting and related disciplines
o    Legal aspects of contracts, documents, insurance, bonds, project administration, etc. This does not include business practice or money management.
o    Specialization in areas of concentration
o    Construction means, methods, products and materials
o    Construction documents and services.  This does not include technical type training such as CAD classes.
o    Project administration
o    Professional ethics
o    Safety issues
o    Accessibility
o    Irrigation system design
o    Grading and drainage
•    Subjects for design professionals offered by organizations such as ASLA, CLARB, AIA, NCARB
•    Courses of study taught in person or by correspondence, organized lectures, presentations or workshops
•    University courses (One semester=15CEH/ One quarter=10 CEH)
•    In-house programs
•    Writing articles or papers that have been published in peer-reviewed publications, publishing a book, or writing a CEH course on landscape architectural subject matter.  (Maximum: 8 CEH /biennium)
•    Participation in landscape architectural professional and technical societies and their committees
•    Attendance at the Board of Architect and Landscape Architect meetings
•    The following activities are deemed unacceptable for CEH credit: serving on federal, state or municipal boards or commissions as a design professional; rendering pro bono services; or participation on a public board.

Recordkeeping: Compliance is reported via the licensure renewal form.  Licensees are responsible for maintaining a two-year CE record. 

Reciprocity: A licensee who holds a current license in good standing in another jurisdiction may verify compliance with Wyoming’s CEH requirements by providing a copy of their most recent renewal card in that jurisdiction upon renewal in Wyoming.  The jurisdiction must require at least 24 CEH in HSW subjects per biennium and the renewal must have been made within one year of renewing the Wyoming license.

Exemptions:
•    Licensees by examination during their initial licensure period.  Reciprocal licensees must complete requirements.
•    Licensees who are civilians called to active duty in the U.S. armed forces for a period exceeding 180 consecutive days in any calendar year (exempts for 12 CEH for each calendar year that the licensee is on active duty).
•    Licensees that are ill or physically disabled, or under other extenuating circumstance for a period exceeding 180 consecutive days in a calendar year causing them to suspend all professional activities during that time.  The licensee must provide supporting documentation from a third party acceptable to the board (exempts for 12 CEH for each calendar year that the license experiences such circumstance)
•    Licensees in retired status
.

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