College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Landscape Architecture

What does it mean to be licensed?

Our degree is accredited and leads to a licensed profession. What does that mean?

Learn about Lincensure

Visit the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB)'s website to learn about the steps to get licensed here

What is the benefit of attending an accredited program?

In short-- you will be designing faster! Since Landscape Architecture is a field that requires you have a license to practice you need to fulfill the necessary requirements before applying for your license. 

With an accredited degree in landscape architecture you can take the licensing exam after practicing under a licensed landscape architect for:

                 2 years

Without an accredited degree in landscape architecture you can still take the licensing exam after practicing under a licensed landscape architect for:

                4 years with an accredited 4 year college degree in another design field

                6 years with a 4 year college degree in another field

                8 years with a high school diploma

A detailed description of these requirements is available here:

§ 9-303. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

(a) Before an applicant takes the examination given by the Board, the applicant shall qualify under this section by meeting the educational and experience requirements set forth in subsection (b), (c), (d), or (e) of this section.

(b) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
     (1) has been graduated from a college or school of landscape architecture that holds accredited status from the national Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board; and
     (2) has at least 2 years of work experience in landscape architecture that is:
          (i) under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
          (ii) otherwise satisfactory to the Board.

(c) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
     (1) has been graduated on completion of at least a 4-year curriculum in a design-related discipline from a college or university that is accredited by, or is a constituent unit of an institution accredited by, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools or the equivalent regional accrediting association of other regional areas; and
     (2) has at least 4 years of work experience in landscape architecture that is:
          (i) under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
          (ii) otherwise satisfactory to the Board.

(d) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
     (1) has been graduated on completion of at least a 4-year curriculum in a nondesign-related discipline from a college or university that is accredited by, or is a constituent unit of an institution accredited by, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools or the equivalent regional accrediting association of other regional areas; and
     (2) has at least 6 years of practical work experience in landscape architecture that is:
          (i) under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
          (ii) otherwise satisfactory to the Board.

(e) (1) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
          (i) is a high school graduate or the equivalent; and
          (ii) has at least 8 years of practical work experience in landscape architecture that is: 
               1. under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
               2. otherwise satisfactory to the Board.
     (2) The Board may count each full year of study at a college or school of landscape architecture that meets the criteria set forth in subsection (b) of this section as one of the years of the work experience required under this subsection.

From Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing website.

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