Sec. 1275.65 - Continuing Education

ยง 1275.65. Continuing Education

a) Continuing Education

1) Beginning with the 2015 renewal (for the period from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2015) and every renewal thereafter, in addition to other requirements, every applicant for licensure renewal as a landscape architect shall complete 24 credit hours of continuing education (CE) relevant to landscape architecture. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in non-renewal of the landscape architect's license, other disciplinary action, or both.

2) A prerenewal period is the 24 months preceding September 1 of each odd-numbered year.

3) A CE hour means a minimum of 50 minutes of instruction or participation. A CE program shall not be presented during a dinner or social function. The dinner or social function must be concluded before the CE program commences or be held after the CE program is completed. If the program involves one or more hours of education, credit may be issued in one-half hour increments.

4) A minimum of 20 CE hours shall be structured educational activities described in subsection (b)(1). Remaining hours may be fulfilled with any combination of structured educational activities and unstructured educational activities described in subsection (b)(2).

5) The Division shall conduct random audits to verify compliance with this Section.

6) A renewal applicant is not required to comply with CE requirements for the first renewal following the original issuance of the license.

7) Landscape architects licensed in Illinois but residing and practicing in other states must comply with the CE requirements set forth in this Section. The CE hours used to satisfy the CE requirements for renewal of a landscape architect license held in another jurisdiction may be applied to fulfillment of the CE requirements for renewal of the Illinois landscape architect license if they meet Illinois requirements.

8) Applicants are encouraged to emphasize health, safety and welfare subjects as outlined in The Practice of Landscape Architecture, A Study of the Activities and Knowledge Areas for the Licensed Landscape Architect, published by CLARB and also known as the CLARB "Task Analysis".

9) All CE credits must be in subjects directly related to the profession of landscape architecture and must be performed outside the normal practice of one's occupation.

b) Activities for Which CE Credit May Be Earned

1) Structured Educational Activities (minimum of 20 hours)

A) CLARB and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) endorsed seminars.

B) Seminars endorsed by professional organizations related to landscape architecture.

C) Courses offered by a college or university related to landscape architecture.

i) Per Credit hour (Quarter system): 10 CEs;

ii) Per Credit hour (Semester system): 15 CEs.

D) Self-study courses presented by correspondence, internet, television, video or audio, ending with an examination or other verification process. The CE credit acquired for this activity shall be as recommended by the program sponsor.

2) Unstructured Credit Hours (maximum of 4 hours)

A) Teaching or instructing a course or seminar related to landscape architecture for the first time only. Two hours of CE will be earned for every hour of teaching or instructing. This does not apply to faculty in the performance of their regularly assigned duties.

B) Authoring papers or articles related to landscape architecture that appear in nationally circulated publications, journals or trade magazines or presented to a university, professional society or organization. Four hours of CE will be earned per paper or presentation, but not both.

C) Active participation on a committee or holding an office in a professional or technical society related to landscape architecture. Two hours of CE will be awarded per committee membership or office held.

c) The Division shall not pre-approve individual courses or programs.

d) It shall be the responsibility of a licensee to maintain a record of CE for 4 years that includes, but is not limited, to the following:

1) The name and address of the sponsor or provider, the number of hours attended in each program, the date and place of the program, and a certificate of attendance; or

2) A log of activities that includes the date and number of hours claimed as CE, a brief statement of the subject matter, printed program schedules, registration receipts, or other proof of participation.

e) Certification of Compliance with CE Requirements

1) Each renewal applicant shall certify, on the renewal application, full compliance with the CE requirements set forth in subsection (a).

2) The Division may require additional evidence demonstrating compliance with the CE requirements. It is the responsibility of each renewal applicant to retain or otherwise produce evidence of compliance. The additional evidence will be required in the context of the Division's random audit.

3) When there appears to be a lack of compliance with CE requirements, an applicant will be notified and may be required to interview with the Board, at which time the Board may recommend that steps be taken to begin formal disciplinary proceedings as required by Section 10-65 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act [5 ILCS 100/10-65].

f) Waiver of CE Requirements

1) Any renewal applicant seeking renewal of a license without having fully complied with these CE requirements shall file with the Division a renewal application, along with the required fee set forth in Section 1275.75, a statement setting forth the facts concerning noncompliance, and request for waiver of the CE requirements on the basis of these facts. A request for waiver shall be made prior to the renewal date. If the Division, upon the written recommendation of the Board, finds from the affidavit or any other evidence submitted that extreme hardship has been shown for granting a waiver, the Division shall waive enforcement of CE requirements for the renewal period for which the applicant has applied.

2) Extreme hardship shall be determined on an individual basis by the Board and be defined as an inability to devote sufficient hours to fulfilling the CE requirements during the applicable prerenewal period because of:

A) Full-time service in the armed forces of the United States of America during a substantial part of the prerenewal period;

B) An incapacitating illness documented by a statement from a currently licensed physician; or

C) Any other similar extenuating circumstances.

3) Any renewal applicant who, prior to the expiration date of the license, submits a request for a waiver, in whole or in part, pursuant to the provisions of this subsection (f) shall be deemed to be in good standing until the final decision on the application is made by the Division.

4) Any renewal applicant who submits a request for waiver that is denied may then request his or her license be placed on inactive status. The applicant shall comply with the CE requirements prior to restoration of the license from inactive status, in accordance with Section 1275.80.


Added at 37 Ill. Reg. 16378, effective October 18, 2013


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