Yes. Not all courses and educational activities offered by an approved sponsor are acceptable for continuing education credit in New York State. The subject area must contribute to the professional practice of landscape architecture. Of the 36 hours required, at least two-thirds (24 hours) must be in the areas of health, safety and welfare (HSW). However, no more than one-third (12 hours) will be accepted in other topics, which contribute to the professional practice of landscape architecture as such practice is defined in section 7321 of the Education Law. The key is the subject matter's relationship to professional practice. You must also make sure that a minimum of 18 hours are in courses of learning, and no more than 18 hours consist of educational activities.
- 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
- 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 American 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
- zoning as it relates to the improvement and/or protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public
- other matters of law and ethics which contribute to the health, safety and welfare of the public
- Other topics, which contribute to the professional practice of landscape architecture as such practice is defined in section 7321 of the Education Law, except for non-acceptable subjects listed below.
Subject areas that do not contribute to the professional practice of landscape architecture as defined in section 7321 of the Education Law, such as, risk management, limiting the design professional's liability, project management related to profitability and maximizing fees, marketing and public relations, insurance, laws related to arbitration, mediation, liens (unless they relate to safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of the public), real estate, real estate development, expanding a design professional's business, basic AutoCAD, personal development, general office management, accounting/financial planning, succession planning, zoning as it relates to increasing a developer or landscape architect's profitability, design build (unless 75% of the course content relates to the laws related to design build in New York State) are not acceptable subjects.
Service on Boards and/or professional committees, and active participation in technical and/or professional organizations are not eligible for continuing education credit.