Practice of landscape architecture: Any person shall be deemed to be practicing landscape architecture, who holds out as being able to perform or who does perform any professional service in connection with the development of land areas where the dominant purpose of the service is the preservation, enhancement or determination of proper land uses, natural land features, ground cover and planting, naturalistic and aesthetic values, the settings, approaches or environment for structures or other improvements, and the consideration and determination of inherent problems of the land relating to erosion, wear and tear, blight and hazards. This practice includes the location and arrangement of tangible objects and features incidental and necessary to the purposes outlined but does not include the design of structures or facilities with separate and self-contained purposes as ordinarily included in the practice of engineering or architecture or the preparation of boundary surveys or final land plats, as ordinarily included in the practice of land surveying. A landscape architect may not engage in the practice of architecture, engineering, land surveying or geoscience.
To be eligible for licensure, applicants must complete one of the following requirements: an LAAB-accredited five year degree and a minimum of at least three years of qualifying experience; an LAAB-accredited four year degree and a minimum of at least four years of qualifying experience; a related degree plus graduation from an LAAB-accredited master’s or doctorate program in landscape architecture.
Qualifying experience must be acquired after graduation and be under the direct supervision of a licensed landscape architect (up to one year can be under the direct supervision of a licensed architect or engineer if the work is related to landscape architecture). Qualifying experience gained under a licensed landscape architect before graduation from an accredited landscape architectural curriculum may be permitted in increments of 90 days, up to one year (credited at a rate of 50% time).
Qualifying experience is defined as “varied, progressive, non-repetitive, practical experience at landscape architectural work, developing the ability to apply the theoretical knowledge gained during academic training in making sound judgments in solving landscape architectural problems. Experience shall include landscape architectural elements of programming; site and environmental analysis; schematics; coordination with other disciplines; site cost analysis; code research; design development documents; construction documents; specifications; document checking; bidding and contract negotiation; construction phase including office and construction phase, onsite observation, project management, and client contact; office management; and research other than code or project-related research.
CLARB and CLARB Exam (L.A.R.E.)
Applicants must also establish a record with CLARB and pass the CLARB written examination (L.A.R.E.) prior to applying for licensure.
Carefully read Minnesota Rule 1800.1500 for Landscape Architect applicants on the Board’s website, www.aelslagid.state.mn.us and complete the application.
Renewal and Continuing Education
Minnesota requires landscape architects to complete 24 Professional Development Hour (PDH) for each biennial renewal period. Licensee has responsibility for maintaining two-year record, including detailed records of courses and activities.
All licenses expire on July 1, 2014 unless renewed regardless of when they were first issued.
You will need 24 Professional Development Hours obtained on or after July 1, 2012 to renew your license. You may carryover a maximum of 12 hours from your 2012 renewal if you reported more than 24 PDH.
If your original license in Minnesota was issued on or after July 1, 2012, you are automatically exempt from reporting continuing education for this renewal period. You will need 24 PDH obtained on or after July 1, 2014 to renew your license in 2016. NO CARRYOVER IS ALLOWED FROM AN EXEMPT PERIOD.
Renewal forms will NOT be mailed. Licensees and certificate holders will receive a postcard reminder to renew. Licensees and certificate holders will be able to renew online using a credit card for payment.
It is the responsibility of each licensee or certificate holder to maintain records of their continuing education activity for four years after reporting it to the Board. When you renew online, carryover will automatically be applied. Do NOT call the Board office to request the staff to lookup your carryover.