Regulations of the Commissioner

Subpart 79-1 Landscape Architecture

79-1.1 Professional study ane experience requirements for landscape architecture | 79-1.2 Licensing examinations | 79-1.3 Limited permit | 79-1.4 Seals | 79-1.5 Continuing education for landscape architects

79-1.1 Professional study and experience requirements for landscape architecture.

  1. Definition. Unless otherwise provided, acceptable accrediting agency means an accrediting agency which is recognized by the United States Commissioner of Education as a reliable authority for the purpose of accreditation at the postsecondary level, and which applies its criteria for granting accreditation in a fair, consistent and nondiscriminatory manner.
  2. Licensure requirement. To meet the professional education and experience requirements for licensure as a landscape architect in this State, the applicant shall submit evidence of either:
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      1. graduation from a five-year professional program in landscape architecture registered by the department, accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency, or determined by the department to be the equivalent of a registered or accredited program; and
      2. receipt of the degree of bachelor of landscape architecture or higher, or the equivalent as determined by the department, from a school offering a program which meets the requirements of subparagraph (i) of this paragraph; and
      3. completion of a minimum of three years of landscape architectural work experience of a scope and nature satisfactory to the State Board for Landscape Architecture; or
      1. graduation from a four-year professional program in landscape architecture registered by the department, accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency, or determined by the department to be the equivalent of a registered or accredited program; and
      2. receipt of the degree of bachelor of landscape architecture, or the equivalent as determined by the department, from a school offering a program which meets the requirements of subparagraph (i) of this paragraph; and
      3. completion of a minimum of four years of landscape architectural work experience of a scope and nature satisfactory to the State Board for Landscape Architecture; or
    2. completion of experience in landscape architectural work acceptable to the State Board for Landscape Architecture, or a combination of education and experience totaling 12 years which is determined by the department to be the equivalent of the education and experience described in paragraph (1) or (2) of this subdivision.
  3. The department may accept a second professional degree in landscape architecture in lieu of not more than one year of work experience.

79-1.2 Licensing examinations.

  1. Content. The examination may include, but need not be limited to, landscape architectural history, theory, construction, professional administration, landscape architectural design and plant materials and planting design. The department may accept satisfactory scores on all or part of the written examination produced by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.
  2. Passing score. All parts of the examination shall be scored numerically or on a pass/fail basis. For numerically scored examinations, the passing score on each part of the examination shall be 75.0 as determined by the State Board for Landscape Architecture.
  3. Retention of credit. The grade retention provisions of section 59.5 (f) of this Title shall not be applicable to the examination.
  4. Admission to exam.
    1. To meet the professional education and experience requirements for admission to the licensing examination, an applicant shall either:
      1. have met the professional study requirements of section 79-1.1(b)(1)(i) and (ii) or 79-1.1(b)(2) (i) and (ii) of this Part; or
      2. have met the eligibility requirements of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards; or
      3. provide evidence of completion of experience in landscape architectural work acceptable to the State Board for Landscape Architecture or a combination of education and experience totaling 8 years which is determined by the department to be the equivalent of the education and experience credit described in section 79-1.1(b)(1) or 79-1.1(b)(2) of this Part.
    2. The department may conditionally admit to the licensing examination any person who will complete the experience requirement within 90 days after the examination.

79-1.3 Limited permit.

In accordance with section 7325. (1) of the Education Law and upon recommendations of the State Board for Landscape Architecture, the department may issue to a landscape architect who is not a resident of this State, and who has no established business in this State, a limited permit to practice landscape architecture solely in connection with a single specified project, provided that such applicant submits:

  1. a completed application form, including:
    1. a description of the project for which the limited permit is requested; and
    2. a detailed description of experience satisfactory to the State Board for Landscape Architecture and of a nature related to the project in New York for which the permit is to be issued;
  2. at least three satisfactory certifications as to character and qualifications submitted by licensed landscape architects;
  3. written confirmation, submitted to the department by the appropriate licensing authority, that the applicant is legally qualified to practice as a landscape architect or its equivalent in the state or country in which the applicant resides; and
  4. payment of statutory permit and registration fees.

79-1.4 Seals.

  1. For those applicants initially applying for licensure on or after the effective date of this Part (January 1, 1987), seals used by licensed landscape architects shall be circular in shape, approximately 1 3/4 inches in diameter, bearing the legend at the top of the outer band, "Registered Landscape Architect" and at the bottom "State of New York." In the inner circle above the Great Seal of New York shall be shown the name of the licensee, and below the Great Seal the license number with no other letters or numbers.
  2. To all plans, specifications and reports to which the seal of a landscape architect has been applied, there shall also be applied a stamp with appropriate wording warning that it is a violation of the law for any person, unless acting under the direction of a licensed landscape architect, to alter an item in any way. If an item bearing the seal of a landscape architect is altered, the altering landscape architect shall affix to his item the seal and the notation "altered by" followed by his signature and the date of such alteration, and a specific description of the alteration.

79-1.5 Continuing education for landscape architects.

  1. Definitions. As used in this section, acceptable accrediting agency means an organization accepted by the department as a reliable authority for the purpose of accreditation at the postsecondary level, applying its criteria for granting accreditation in a fair, consistent and nondiscriminatory manner, such as an agency recognized for this purpose by the United States Department of Education.
  2. Applicability of requirement.
    1. Effective January 1, 2007, each licensed landscape architect, required under Article 148 of the Education Law to register with the department to practice in New York State, shall comply with the mandatory continuing education requirements as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section, except those licensees exempt from the requirement or who obtain an adjustment to the requirement pursuant to paragraph (2) of this subdivision.
    2. Exemptions and adjustments to the requirement.
      1. Exemptions. The following licensees shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements, as prescribed in subdivision (c) this section:
        1. licensees for the triennial registration period during which they are first licensed to practice landscape architecture in New York State, except those first licensed to practice landscape architecture in New York State pursuant to an endorsement of a license of another jurisdiction;
        2. licensees who are not engaged in the practice of landscape architecture as evidenced by not being registered to practice in New York State, except as otherwise provided in subdivision (e) of this section to meet the requirements for the resumption of practice in New York State.
      2. Adjustments to the requirement. An adjustment to the continuing education requirement, as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section, may be made by the department, provided that the licensee documents good cause that prevents compliance, which shall include, but not be limited to, any of the following reasons: poor health certified by a physician; or a specific physical or mental disability certified by an appropriate health care professional; or extended active duty with the Armed Forces of the United States; or other good cause beyond the licensee's control which in the judgment of the department makes it impossible for the licensee to comply with the continuing education requirements in a timely manner.
  3. Mandatory continuing education requirement.
    1. General requirement.
      1. During each triennial registration period, meaning a registration period of three years' duration, an applicant for registration shall complete at least 36 hours of continuing education acceptable to the department, as defined in paragraph (2) of this subdivision, provided that at least 18 hours of such continuing education shall be in courses of learning, and no more than 18 hours of such continuing education shall be in other educational activities as prescribed in paragraph (2) of this subdivision. A minimum of 24 hours of such continuing education shall be in the areas of health, safety, and welfare. Any landscape architect whose first registration date following January 1, 2007 occurs less than three years from that date shall complete continuing education hours on a prorated basis at the rate of one hour of acceptable continuing education per month for the period beginning January 1, 2007 up to the first registration date thereafter. Such continuing education shall be completed during the period beginning January 1, 2007 and ending before the first day of the new registration period or at the option of the licensee during any time in the previous registration period.
      2. Proration. Unless otherwise prescribed in this section, during each registration period of less than three years' duration, an applicant for registration shall complete acceptable continuing education, as defined in paragraph (2) of this subdivision and within the limits prescribed in such paragraph, on a prorated basis at a rate of one hour of continuing education per month for such registration period.
    2. Acceptable continuing education. To be acceptable to the department, continuing education shall meet the requirements of this paragraph. Such continuing education must be in the subjects prescribed in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph and be the types of learning activities prescribed in subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph.
      1. Subjects. Acceptable continuing education shall contribute to professional practice in landscape architecture:
        1. in any one or more of the following curricular areas relating to the health, safety, and welfare of the public: code of ethics; codes, acts, laws, and regulations governing the practice of landscape architecture; construction administration, including the administration of construction contracts; construction documents; environmental process and analysis; erosion control methods, including storm water management as is incidental and necessary to the practice of landscape architecture; design of environmental systems and use of site materials and methods of site construction; grading and natural drainage; horticulture; irrigation methods; land planning and land use analysis; landscape preservation, landscape restoration and adaptive reuse; natural hazards – impact of earthquake, hurricane, or flood related to site design; New York State Building Code as it affects landscape architecture; resource conservation and management; site accessibility, including Americans with Disabilities Act standards for accessible site design; site and soils analysis; site design; site security and safety; specifications writing; surveying methods and techniques as they affect landscape architecture; sustainable design, including techniques related to energy efficiency; vegetative management; wetlands; zoning as it relates to the improvement and/or protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the public; or other matters of law and ethics which contribute to the health, safety, and welfare of the public; and
        2. in other topics which contribute to the professional practice of landscape architecture as such practice is defined in section 7321 of the Education Law.
      2. Types of learning activities. Acceptable continuing education shall be the types of learning activities prescribed in this subparagraph and be subject to the limitations prescribed in this subparagraph.
        1. Courses of learning. Acceptable continuing education shall be courses of learning offered by a sponsor approved by the department pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section, which may include, among others, the following courses offered by an approved sponsor: university and college courses, and professional development and technical training courses related to the practice of landscape architecture.
        2. Other educational activities. Acceptable continuing education shall be the following other educational activities, provided that no more than 18 hours of continuing education in a registration period shall consist of such other educational activities:
          1. preparing and teaching a course offered by a sponsor of continuing education to landscape architects, approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section, provided that such teaching shall not be acceptable where the licensee has taught the course on more than one occasion without presenting new or revised material. Continuing education hours that may be credited for this activity may include actual instructional time plus preparation time which may be up to two additional hours for each hour of presentation;
          2. authoring an article published in a peer-reviewed journal or a published book. A licensee shall receive nine continuing education hours for each written work published during the registration period;
          3. making a technical presentation at a professional conference sponsored by an organization that is a sponsor of continuing education to landscape architects, approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section. Continuing education hours that may be credited for this activity shall include actual instructional time, plus preparation time which may be up to two additional hours for each hour taught;
          4. obtaining a patent related to the practice of landscape architecture. A licensee shall receive nine continuing education hours for each patent granted on an invention during the registration period;
          5. completing a self-study program, meaning structured study, provided by a sponsor approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section, that is based on audio, audio-visual, written, on-line, and other media, and does not include live instruction, transmitted in person or otherwise, during which the student may communicate and interact with the instructor and other students; or
          6. completing an educational tour, meaning a structured tour of an instructional nature provided by a sponsor approved pursuant to subdivision (i) of this section.
  4. Renewal of registration. At each reregistration, licensed landscape architects shall certify to the department that they have either complied with the continuing education requirements, as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section; or are subject to an exemption or adjustment to such continuing education requirements, as prescribed in subdivision (b) of this section.
  5. Requirement for lapse in practice.
    1. A licensee returning to the practice of landscape architecture after a lapse in practice, as evidenced by not being registered to practice in New York State, whose first registration date after such lapse in practice and following January 1, 2007 occurs less than three years from January 1, 2007, shall be required to complete:
      1. at least one hour of acceptable continuing education for each month beginning with January 1, 2007 until the beginning of the new registration period, which shall be completed for a licensee who has not lawfully practiced landscape architecture continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, in the 12-month period before the beginning of the new registration period; and for the licensee who has lawfully practiced landscape architecture continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, in the new registration period or at the option of the licensee in the period beginning 36 months before the commencement of the new registration period and ending at the conclusion of such registration period; and
      2. for a licensee who has not lawfully practiced landscape architecture continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, at least 12 hours of acceptable continuing education in each successive 12-month period of the new registration period; and for a licensee who has lawfully practiced landscape architecture continuously in another jurisdiction throughout such lapse period, the regular continuing education requirement during the new registration period.
    2. Except as prescribed in paragraph (1) of this subdivision for registrations therein specified, the licensee who returns to the practice of landscape architecture after a lapse in practice in which the licensee was not registered to practice in New York State and did not lawfully practice landscape architecture continuously in another jurisdiction throughout the lapse period, shall be required to complete:
      1. the continuing education requirement applicable to the period of time the licensee was registered in the licensee's last registration period; and
      2. at least one hour of acceptable continuing education for each month of lapsed registration up to a maximum 36 hours, which shall be completed in the 12 months before the beginning of the new registration period; and
      3. at least 12 hours of acceptable continuing education in each succeeding 12-month period, after such registration is reissued, until the next registration date.
    3. Except as prescribed in paragraph (1) of this subdivision for registrations therein specified, the licensee who returns to the practice of landscape architecture after a lapse in practice in which the licensee was not registered to practice in New York State but did lawfully practice landscape architecture continuously in another jurisdiction throughout the lapse period, shall be required to complete:
      1. the continuing education requirement applicable to the period of time the licensee was registered in the licensee's last registration period; and
      2. at least one hour of acceptable continuing education for each month of lapsed registration up to a maximum of 36 hours, which shall be completed in the new registration period, or at the option of the licensee in the period beginning 36 months before the commencement of the new registration period and ending at the conclusion of the new registration period; and
      3. the regular continuing education requirement during the new registration period.
  6. Conditional registration.
    1. The department may issue a conditional registration to a licensee who attests to or admits to noncompliance with the continuing education requirements of this section, provided that such licensee meets the following requirements:
      1. the licensee agrees to remedy such deficiency within the conditional registration period;
      2. the licensee agrees to complete the regular continuing education requirement at the rate of one hour of acceptable continuing education per month during such conditional registration period; and
      3. the licensee agrees to complete additional continuing education during such conditional registration period, which the department may require to ensure the licensee's proper delivery of landscape architectural services consistent with the licensee's practice of landscape architecture.
    2. The duration of such conditional registration shall not exceed one year and shall not be renewed or extended.
  7. Licensee records. Each licensee subject to the requirements of this section shall maintain, or ensure access by the department to, a record of completed continuing education, which includes: the type of learning activity, title of the course if a course, subject of the continuing education, the number of hours completed, the sponsor's name and any identifying number (if applicable), attendance verification if a course, participation verification if another educational activity, and the date and location of the continuing education. Such records shall be retained for at least six years from the date of completion of the continuing education and shall be available for review by the department in the administration of the requirements of this section.
  8. Measurement of continuing education study. Continuing education credit shall be granted only for acceptable continuing education as prescribed in subdivision (c) of this section. For continuing education courses, a minimum of 50 minutes shall equal one continuing education hour of credit. For credit-bearing university or college courses, each semester-hour of credit shall equal 15 continuing education hours of credit, and each quarter-hour of credit shall equal 10 continuing education hours of credit.
  9. Sponsor approval.
    1. To be approved by the department, sponsors of continuing education to licensed landscape architects in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs shall meet the requirements of either paragraph (2) or (3) of this subdivision.
    2. The department shall deem approved as a sponsor of continuing education to licensed landscape architects in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs:
      1. a sponsor of continuing education that is approved by the The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES), the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), or the Practicing Institute of Engineering, or an equivalent organization determined by the department with assistance from the State Board for Landscape Architecture to have adequate standards for approving sponsors of continuing education for professionals regulated by Title VIII of the Education Law that include but are not limited to standards that are equivalent to the standards prescribed in clauses (3) (ii) (a), (c), and (d) of this subdivision; or
      2. a postsecondary institution that has authority to offer programs that are registered pursuant to Part 52 of this Title or authority to offer equivalent programs that are accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency.
    3. Department review of sponsors.
      1. The department shall conduct a review of sponsors that apply for approval to offer continuing education to licensed landscape architects in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs that are not deemed approved pursuant to the requirements of paragraph (2) of this subdivision.
      2. Organizations desiring to offer courses of learning or self-study programs based upon a department review under this paragraph shall submit, with the fee as set forth in subdivision (j) of this section, an application for advance approval as a sponsor at least 90 days prior to the date of the commencement of such continuing education that documents that the organization:
        1. will offer courses of learning or self-study programs in any one or more of the subjects prescribed for acceptable continuing education in subparagraph (c)(2)(i) of this section;
        2. is an organized educational entity or an entity that has expertise in the professional areas that will be taught, including but not limited to, a school of landscape architecture accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency; or a national, State, or local landscape architecture association or organization;
        3. provides course instructors who are qualified to teach the courses which will be offered, including but not limited to, faculty of a college of landscape architecture accredited by an acceptable accrediting agency; or instructors who are specially qualified authorities in landscape architecture, as determined by the department with assistance from the State Board for Landscape Architecture, to conduct such courses;
        4. has a method of assessing the learning of participants, and describes such method; and
        5. will maintain records for at least six years from the date of completion of coursework, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, the name and curriculum vitae of the faculty, a record of attendance of licensed landscape architects in the course if a course, a record of participation of licensed landscape architects in the self-study program if a self-study program, an outline of the course or program, date and location of the course or program, and the number of hours for completion of the course or program. In the event an approved sponsor discontinues operation, the governing body of such sponsor shall notify the department and shall transfer all records as directed by the department.
      3. Sponsors that are approved by the department pursuant to the requirements of this paragraph shall be approved for a three-year term.
      4. The department may conduct site visits of, or request information from, a sponsor approved pursuant to the requirements of this paragraph to ensure compliance with such requirements, and a sponsor shall cooperate with the department in permitting such site visits and in providing such information.
      5. A determination by the department that a sponsor approved pursuant to the requirements of this paragraph is not meeting the standards set forth in this paragraph shall result in the denial or termination of the approved status of the sponsor.
  10. Fees.
    1. At the beginning of each registration period, a mandatory continuing education fee of $45 shall be collected from licensees engaged in the practice of landscape architecture in New York State, except for those exempt from the requirement pursuant clauses (b)(2)(i) of this section. This fee shall be in addition to the registration fee required by section 7324 of the Education Law.
    2. Licensees applying for a conditional registration, pursuant to the requirements of subdivision (f) of this section, shall pay a fee that is the same as and in addition to, the fee for the triennial registration required by section 7324 of the Education Law. In addition, such licensees shall pay the $45 mandatory continuing education fee.
    3. Organizations desiring to offer continuing education to licensed landscape architects based upon a department review, pursuant to paragraph (i)(3) of this section, shall submit an application fee of $900 with the application requesting the issuance of a permit from the department to become an approved sponsor of continuing education to licensed landscape architects in the form of courses of learning or self-study programs. Application for a three-year renewal of the permit shall be accompanied by a fee of $900.
Last Updated: July 3, 2012