1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Education
  4. Title 8: The Professions
  5. Article 148: Landscape Architecture

Section 7328 Mandatory continuing education for landscape architects

Education (EDN)

1. (a) Each licensed landscape architect required under this article to register triennially with the department to practice in the state shall comply with provisions of the mandatory continuing education requirements prescribed in subdivision two of this section except as set forth in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subdivision. Landscape architects who do not satisfy the mandatory continuing education requirements shall not practice until they have met such requirements, and have been issued a registration certificate, except that a landscape architect may practice without having met such requirements if he or she is issued a conditional registration certificate pursuant to subdivision three of this section.

  (b) Landscape architects shall be exempt from the mandatory continuing education requirement for the triennial registration period during which they are first licensed, in accordance with the intent of this section, adjustment to the mandatory continuing education requirement may be granted by the department for reasons of health certified by an appropriate health care professional, for extended active duty with the armed forces of the United States, or for other good cause acceptable to the department which may prevent compliance.

  (c) A licensed landscape architect not engaged in practice as determined by the department, shall be exempt from the mandatory continuing education requirement upon the filing of a statement with the department declaring such status. Any licensee who returns to the practice of landscape architecture during the triennial registration period shall notify the department prior to reentering the profession and shall meet such mandatory education requirements as shall be prescribed by regulations of the commissioner.

  2. During each triennial registration period an applicant for registration shall complete a minimum of thirty-six hours of acceptable continuing education, as specified in subdivision four of this section, provided that a minimum of twenty-four hours of such continuing education shall be in the areas of health, safety and welfare. Up to one-half of the total hours of continuing education may consist of non-course activities. Any landscape architect whose first registration date following the effective date of this section occurs less than three years from such effective date, but on or after January first, two thousand seven, shall complete continuing education hours on a prorated basis at the rate of one hour per month for the period beginning January first, two thousand seven up to the first registration date thereafter. A licensee who has not satisfied the mandatory continuing education requirements shall not be issued a triennial registration certificate by the department and shall not practice unless and until a conditional registration certificate is issued as provided for in subdivision three of this section. With the exception of continuing education hours taken during the registration period immediately preceding the effective date of this section, continuing education hours taken during one triennium may not be transferred to a subsequent triennium.

  3. The department, in its discretion, may issue a conditional registration to a licensee who fails to meet the continuing education requirements established in subdivision two of this section but who agrees to make up any deficiencies and complete any additional education which the department may require. The fee for such a conditional registration shall be the same as, and in addition to, the fee for the triennial registration. The duration of such conditional registration shall be determined by the department but shall not exceed one year. Any licensee who is notified of the denial of registration for failure to submit evidence, satisfactory to the department, of required continuing education and who practices landscape architecture without such registration, may be subject to disciplinary proceedings pursuant to section sixty-five hundred ten of this title.

  4. As used in subdivision two of this section, "acceptable continuing education" shall mean courses of learning and educational activities which contribute to professional practice in landscape architecture and which meet the standards prescribed by regulations of the commissioner. The department may, in its discretion and as needed to contribute to the health and welfare of the public, require the completion of continuing education courses in specific subjects.

  5. Landscape architects shall maintain adequate documentation of completion of acceptable continuing education and educational activities and shall provide such documentation at the request of the department.

  6. The mandatory continuing education fee shall be forty-five dollars, shall be payable on or before the first day of each triennial registration period, and shall be paid in addition to the triennial registration fee required by section seventy-three hundred twenty-four of this article.