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Continuing Education (CE)

Continuing Education Program

2017-2018-2019 Continuing Education (CE) Policy

All BCSLA Registered Landscape Architects, Landscape Architects, Inactive Landscape Architects, and BCSLA Interns must submit CE credits to the BCSLA office using the online CE Form by logging in at www.bcsla.org. The current CE term expires on December 31, 2019. The CE Policy is available here

 CE System BCSLA Member and Intern Log In

> CE Login Login to the BCSLA Member Services Page to complete or update your online CE form. 

> BCSLA Interns Login to track Experience Hours

Grace Period
Individuals have until March 31 following the end of a three-year CE reporting cycle to submit their CE Credits. (eg. January 1 to March 31, 2020 grace period to submit CE Credits for 2017-2018-2019 CE reporting period.)

Procedure and Penalties for Non-Compliance
Following the end of a three-year CE reporting period, the Continuing Education Committee (CEC) and Board of Directors review member files for minimum CE requirement compliance. The following outlines the procedure and penalties for CE non-compliance. 

Reporting, Monitoring and Compliance Schedule A
The CE program became mandatory at the beginning of 2004 after a three-year voluntary program. To maintain the objectives of the Society, the Continuing Education initiative and to strengthen the public's confidence in the BCSLA, all Registered Landscape Architects, Landscape Architects, Inactive Landscape Architects and Interns are required to annually monitor their Continuing Education activities as outlined in the BCSLA CE Policy and Compliance Schedule A.  The current CE reporting period is 2017-2018-2019.

Download the 2017 BCSLA CE Policy

Download the CE Input and Credit Guide

Download Compliance Schedule

Download Internship Program Policy

2020-2021-2022 Continuing Education (CE) Policy

Beginning in 2020 BCSLA Members may no longer claim credit for employment. When the Mandatory CE program was first established, CE Credits were very easy to accumulate so that Members and Associates could quickly become accustomed to monitoring credits. The CE Program was always meant to become more rigorous over time.  At the conclusion of each three-year term revisions are made using suggestions by BCSLA Members and BCSLA Interns and to align with the CE program across boundaries and professions.  A copy of the 2020 CE Policy is available here.

How to Get BCSLA CE Credits

CE 151 Ways

The world, and our little corner of it, has changed a lot since the first printing of 101 Ways in 2015. While the suggestions in 101 Ways remain very useful motivators for exploring knowledge gaps, there is great urgency in staying current within the profession, because landscape is both a human construct, a way of culturally organizing territory, and with human agency can transform and redefine human settlements, meet essential needs, and enrich human lives.   The completion of the Truth + Reconciliation Commission hearings and release of the 94 Calls to Action in 2016 has both personal and collective implications, and as you will see, has pushed the direction and organization of the 151 ideas in this edition into some specific and timely topics to explore and absorb. 

101 [free or low-cost] ways to get BCSLA CE Credits

The requirement for continuing education (CE) ensures that the BCSLA operates as a self-regulating profession that meets its statutory obligations under the Architects (Landscape) Act. The CE requirements are intended to encourage members to expand their foundations of knowledge and stay current on new developments within the broadest definition of landscape architectural practice.  This zine evolved from the 2014 AGM when several members indicated that doing CE was too expensive and time-consuming. The 101 ideas presented in the booklet should trigger your own ideas about what you need to continue your lifelong pursuit of knowledge. Nearly all of the ideas are free and while they do cost you time, they should be fun.

CE & Other Professions

CE Comparison Chart: The BCSLA CE Committee have conducted research on CE Requirements. Click here to download PDF for details.

American Society of Landscape Architects CE Requirements by StateClick to view on the ASLA website.

Analysis of all state requirements, a comparison chart, and a chart describing allowable CE activities

Click to view background photo & credits
Project: Diefenbaker Park – Rain Garden
Landscape Architect / Firm: Linda Nielsen, Corporation of Delta
Location: Delta, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Linda Nielsen