Important Notice for All PA Licensed Landscape Architects
During its January 16th meeting, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission approved the PA State Board of Landscape Architects proposed regulation to increase the required number of CE hours from the current minimum of 10 hours to 24 continuing education hours during the 2 year license renewal period. The Board intends to make this regulation binding on the current 2013-2015 licensure period. The regulation will be binding following publication in the PA Bulletin on February 22 of this year. Continuing Education hours from the previous licensing period will not carry over into the current licensing period. PA Licensed Landscape Architects should watch for updates and announcements distributed directly from the State Board. Be sure to visit the PA State Board website to verify that they have your current email and mailing address for updates and notices.
The Board has made this regulation binding on the current 2013-2015 licensure period. The Pennsylvania Bulletin will publish the Landscape Architect Regulations Final Regulations 16A-6110 on the Legislative Reference Bureau's (LRB) website, http://www.pabulletin.com/index.asp. The regulations will be published online Friday, Feb. 21, and will be printed on Saturday, Feb. 22. With the publication on Saturday, the regulations will be officially implemented. Continuing Education hours from the previous licensing period will not carry over into the current licensing period. PA Licensed Landscape Architects should watch for website updates and announcements from the State Board. Be sure to visit the PA State Board website, www.dos.state.pa.us/land, to verify that they have your current email and mailing address for any updates and notices.
2994 State Board of Landscape Architects #16A-6110: Continuing Education and Elimination of Registration without Examination was approved by a vote of 4-0.
Regulatory Analyst Jim Smith explained the regulation implements Act 24 of 2009. He said the commission recently received two letters in support of the regulation and it was deemed approved by the legislative committees. Smith discussed one outstanding issue with the regulation, explaining that reciprocity language was removed with the intention to be included in a separate regulation. He commented this is not consistent with the statute and confirmed the board is prepared to address the issue.
Larry Boyle, Assistant Regulatory Counsel, State Board of Landscape Architects, confirmed the regulation includes provisions from Act 24 relating to grandfathering and continuing education and also implements changes regarding recordkeeping. He noted the board has been in contact with the affected members to keep them apprised of upcoming changes and deadlines.
Commissioner Bedwick opined it makes more sense to keep the reciprocity provisions in the regulation until they are superseded by the anticipated regulation. He asked for an assurance that applications for reciprocity would rely upon statutory provisions for determinations. Boyle assured him that the board is applying the statutory requirement and has made that clear on its website. He noted a regulation has been put forth for department review which would address the reciprocity requirements and he expects that regulation to come before IRRC in the future. He concluded by stating his opinion that this regulation is in the public interest and the board wants to get it in place as soon as possible.
Adam Supplee, President of the Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, spoke on behalf of the PA-DE ASLA Chapter in support of the regulation. He noted 22 states require at least 24 hours of continuing education, thus the regulation is in line with the national standard. He remarked on the importance of members keeping up to date with technology. 22 states require 24 or more CE hours over two years, this is in keeping with standards. Supplee also remarked on his association's work with the board to disseminate information.