Delaware Continuing Education Requirements for LAs

In order for a licensee to qualify for license renewal as a landscape architect in Delaware, the licensee must have completed 20 hours of continuing education acceptable to the Board within the previous two years, or be granted an extension by the Board for reasons of hardship. Such continuing education shall be obtained by active participation in courses, seminars, sessions, programs or self-directed activities approved by the Board.

Each licensed landscape architect shall complete, biennially, 20 units of continuing education as a condition of license renewal. The continuing education period will be from February 1 to January 31 of each biennial licensing period.

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Acceptable Continuing Education Courses
All courses, seminars, sessions and programs are acceptable for continuing education credit if sponsored by organizations listed below. All other continuing education credits will be reviewed at the time of renewal. All self-directed activities for continuing education credit allowed (ref. rule 7.6) must be pre-approved and submitted by the licensee 6 months prior to license renewal.

Sources of Continuing Education Courses
Continuing Education courses offered or sponsored by the following organizations will be automatically deemed to qualify for continuing education credit:

  • LA CES™ – Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™
  • American Society of Landscape Architects (National and local/chapter levels)
  • Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
  • American Planning Association
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) Division of Soil and Water Conservation, seminars or educational programs dealing with sediment erosion and control.

Self-Directed Activities
The Board will have the authority to allow self-directed activities to fulfill the continuing education requirements of the licensees. However, these activities must result in a book draft, published article, delivered paper, workshop, symposium, or public address within the two (2) year reporting period. Self-directed activities must advance the practitioner’s knowledge of the field and be beyond the practitioner’s normal work duties. Instructors will not be granted CE credit for studies customarily associated with their usual university or college instruction teaching loads.

Each biennium, the Division of Professional Regulation shall randomly select from the list of renewed licensees a percentage, determined by the Board, of the licensees to be audited. The Board may also audit based on complaints or charges against an individual license, relative to compliance with continuing education requirements or based on a finding of past non-compliance during prior audits.

Documentation and Audit by the Board
When a licensee’s name or number appears on the audit list, the Board shall obtain documentation from the licensee showing detailed accounting of the various CEU’s claimed by the licensee. Licensees selected for audit are required to supplement the attestation with supporting materials which may include a syllabus, agenda, itinerary or brochure published by the sponsor of the activity and a document showing proof of attendance (i.e., certificate, a signed letter from the sponsor attesting to attendance, report of passing test score). The Board reserves the right to request additional information and/or documentation to verify continuing education compliance.

New licensees by way of uniform national examination or by way of reciprocity shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements set forth herein for their first renewal period. Statutory Authority: 24 Del.C. §205(12).