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ASLA Advocates to Reduce Licensure Costs

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ASLA is working to pass the Freedom to Invest in Tomorrow's Workforce Act as a partner of the American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) Tomorrow’s Workforce Coalition.

This bill would expand eligible expenses under 529 Savings Plans to cover costs associated with:

  • Workforce training and credentialing programs
  • Government issued professional licenses

Contributions to 529 plans are exempt from federal taxes. Many times, they have additional state tax advantages.

The bill would enable landscape architecture professionals to use 529 plans to help cover licensure costs, such as:

  • Fees for exams
  • Books and equipment
  • Continuing education
  • Licensure renewal

To benefit from this measure, professionals and students would need to open a 529 Savings Plan account. The new tax benefits would be realized through personal contributions to these accounts.

Licensure for landscape architects is critical because it provides a broad base of protection to public health, safety, and welfare. Streets, parks, plazas, campuses, and other open spaces must account for a variety of potential hazards. When landscape architecture projects are not designed by qualified professionals, the public faces significant risk of physical and financial harm.

This measure would help landscape architecture professionals achieve the necessary licensure requirements to continue to create healthy, safe, vibrant public spaces and communities.

Educational and professional development requirements are significant costs in obtaining and maintaining a license.  ASLA is committed to identifying tools, resources, and policies to help becoming a landscape architect be more affordable.

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