Professional Development in 2017

Professional development is a process of lifelong learning to gain new skills, expand knowledge, and support career advancement. Classes and workshops, webinars and lectures, tours and field work, teaching and mentoring, volunteering and networking are many of the ways members can engage in professional development.

Continuing education, measured as Professional Development Hours (PDH), are required to maintain licensure.  Meeting these requirements is often the focus of a landscape architect’s professional development activities.  Staying current on new technologies, trends, and products is critical to the practice of landscape architecture.

ASLA Oregon is committed to making continuing education available to our members and, as of February 2016, is a certified provider through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES).   LACES was developed collaboratively by ASLA, Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Board (CLARB), Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB), and Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF).   The purpose of LACES is to insure the quality and relevance of content in continuing education events.  LACES Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits are transferable and recognized by many states across the U.S., including Oregon and Washington.   In addition, ASLA member attendance of LACES events is recorded by the LACES PDH provider and ASLA.  Attendance can be incorporated into CLARB records, if the CLARB number is included on the Certificate of Attendance.

Due to LACES approval and record-keeping requirements, the Chapter no longer certifies events planned by others.  Many such events contain relevant educational information and are considered ‘self-reporting’.   ‘Self-reporting’ simply means record keeping of event information and educational content, for reporting to OSLAB, is the responsibility of the practitioner.   We continue to promote these events on our website and through the monthly Newswire.

Looking for ways to expand your professional development and continuing education activities? Read more in our listings below.

Chapter and Local Events

Oregon ASLA’s annual Symposium and local section meetings are developed to meet continuing education requirements in the Oregon Administrative Rules administered by the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board (OSLAB).

Check the OR ASLA Events listings for opportunities throughout the state offering a range of continuing education activities. Programs and events offered by other organizations may qualify for PDH credits.

Get Involved!

Volunteering with ASLA or in the community provides opportunities for developing leadership skills, professional networking, and serving the profession. In some instances, volunteer service qualifies for PDH credit. Serving as an elected officer or appointed member of a professional board or commission may qualify for up to 4 PDHs per year. Mentoring one or more students for one day on Shadow Mentor Day may be eligible for up to 1 PDH.

ASLA Oregon always welcomes volunteers to assist with events, committees and programs. And every summer, our annual Call for Nominations seeks out members who are interested serving on the chapter’s Executive Committee. Contact us to learn more and sign up.

ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO typically offers over 135 courses, allowing attendees to earn up to 21 PDHs. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles from October 20-23. The conference theme and education sessions will be announced later this year.

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) provides listings of professional development and continuing education programs for landscape architects.  For members who travel frequently, LACES programs are offered by more than 130 LA CES certified providers are recognized by OSLAB for PDH credits.