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The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) made significant progress this year to advance our mission of protecting the public's health, safety and welfare as it is affected by the profession of landscape architecture. In particular, CLARB addressed the need for increased mobility of Landscape Architects and heightened awareness of the impact of landscape architectural licensure on the public and the profession. Model Law, Regional Testing and Council Records Increase Mobility of Landscape Architects With the possibility of a federal or national law regulating landscape architecture slim at best, common language and standards at the state and provincial level are very important. Each jurisdiction has the ability and the right to regulate the profession of landscape architecture as it feels appropriate. But if the individual laws become too dissimilar, reciprocity can become difficult and the profession and the public suffer from a lack of free transfer of qualified practitioners from one jurisdiction to the next. To this end, CLARB's member registration boards voted in September to approve the CLARB Model Law, Model Regulations and Uniform Continuing Education Standards. Sufficiently high enough to protect the public, these model standards benefit the individual Landscape Architect as well as the profession of landscape architecture. If the law and regulations are closely followed and implemented by registration boards, reciprocal registration will become easier for both the board and the licensee. Beyond increasing the mobility of landscape architects, CLARB First Vice President Dickson F. DeMarche explains that this new standard will have an impact on landscape architectural licensure efforts. "This model language has been jointly adopted by representatives from all of the separate jurisdictions," he said. " It should go a long way in persuading a particular legislature to upgrade their current law or create one where it does not exist." Also successful in advancing the mobility of Landscape Architects in 2002 was the expansion of regional testing centers for the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.). Regional testing centers simplify the exam application and administration processes and standardize the requirements for taking the test. Everything from initial application to administration and score reporting is handled directly with CLARB. Exam information is sent directly to each candidate from the CLARB office thereby improving the consistency and timeliness of communication. Currently, testing centers are operational in Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Another vehicle for taking the licensure exam and becoming licensed - the CLARB Council Record - continued to grow in 2002 reflecting the demand by licensees for a simpler process for registration and mobility. Hundreds of Landscape Architects and Landscape Architects - in - training applied this year to take full advantage of the system of reciprocity our members have created. CLARB experienced a remarkable increase in requests from design firms to discuss ways the Council Record can save their firm and employees time and money. Heightening Awareness of the Impact of Landscape Architectural Licensure Communicating with students of landscape architecture about licensure remained a top priority. In the past year, CLARB representatives gave presentations to more than 700 students, educators and practitioners. The message about licensure is being heard loud and clear. Students are more informed about the licensure process and better prepared to take the licensure exam and make the transition to practitioner. CLARB's partner foundation - the Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Foundation - also strengthened the understanding of how landscape architectural licensure protects the public. Through the Wayne Grace Memorial Student Design Competition, the Foundation collected and put into action several new examples of landscape architectural work that clearly demonstrate how the practice of landscape architecture and licensing affects the public's quality of life and protects the environment. Perhaps the most important increase in licensure awareness came from within the profession itself. Collaborations between the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) and CLARB led to several exciting developments in 2002. The Partnership for the Advancement of Licensure (PAL) continued to work together to improve and expand licensure laws for landscape architects. Projects and programs including the Licensure Support Resource Guide and Licensure Summit continued to evolve. Because maintaining effective and constructive relationships with other design professions is also important, both CLARB and our subsidiary - the Center for Collaboration and Education in Design (C2Ed) - worked with other professional and registration organizations to advance cross-discipline education and understanding. Looking Ahead to 2003 - Issues and Action As CLARB Executive Director Clarence L. Chaffee explains in a related article on page 42, four specific issues - mobility, specialization, collaboration, and education - will drive CLARB's activities in 2003. Proof that the CLARB and the profession are taking action to address the issues affecting the future of landscape architecture can be found in the Landscape Architecture Body of Knowledge Study. A task force composed of representatives from ASLA, CELA, CLARB, and the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) has been charged with overseeing the study. It will focus on determining the fundamental body of knowledge that should be required of all graduates from accredited landscape architecture degree programs and will strive to identify the core competencies that help define the profession of landscape architecture. Landscape architectural licensure laws contain minimum standards for education, experience and examination ensuring that licensed professionals are qualified to provide services that affect the health, safety and welfare of the public. Since CLARB - and most member registration boards - require a degree accredited by LAAB, making the accreditation process scientific and legally defensible is obviously important. The public should also be assured that Landscape Architects have acquired an adequate educational foundation on which to build professional skills. As an educator and licensed Landscape Architect, CLARB President William P. "Chip" Winslow, III knows that this study will have a wide-reaching impact on public protection, education and the profession. "If Landscape Architects are truly 'Stewards of the Land' it is incumbent upon us to find out what Landscape Architects know, or more appropriately, what they need to know, to properly serve the public . . . as well as to live up to the profession's own expectations," he said. CLARB's partner foundation has pledged to financially support the study, which is expected to be completed in 2003. - Matt Rankin is the Communications Manager for the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards

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