Professional development is a process of lifelong learning to gather new skills, to expand knowledge, and to support career advancement. Classes and workshops, webinars and lectures, tours and field work, teaching and mentoring, volunteering and networking are many of the ways that professional development occurs.
Continuing education requirements to maintain licensure are often the focus of a landscape architect’s professional development activities. Keeping current on new technologies, trends and products are critical to the practice of landscape architecture.
Oregon ASLA is committed to making continuing education available to our members and connecting landscape architects with opportunities locally and nationally, online and in person. Last year we reviewed and approved 31 workshops, lectures and events for PDH credits and promoted them in our monthly Newswire and on our website. And this spring, Oregon ASLA hopes to become the next ASLA chapter to become a Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) certified provider. This will allow us to offer Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits at our chapter events that are recognized by many states across the U.S., including Oregon and Washington.
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.
Volunteering with ASLA or in the community provides opportunities for developing leadership skills, professional networking, and serving the profession. And 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.
Oregon ASLA 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 offers over 135 courses, allowing attendees to earn up to 21 PDHs. This year’s will be held in New Orleans from October 21-24. 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. Programs offered by more than 130 LA CES certified providers are recognized by OSLAB for PDH credits. Look for Oregon ASLA to be added to this list of certified providers later this spring.
ASLA Online Learning
ASLA also offers Online Learning programs and the Landscape Architecture Technical Information Series (LATIS) which qualify for PDH credit. Either by participating in a live webinar, watching a recorded online presentation, or reading one of 11 peer-reviewed papers, you can earn up to 5.0 PDHs. Looking for a more affordable option for getting PDH credits? ASLA members can participate in these programs at a reduced rate.