Applications are reviewed monthly except for August and December. All applications are reviewed by the BCSLA Credentials Committee which makes recommendations to the Board of Directors who have the final approval at their monthly meeting (typically the fourth Tuesday of the month). The BCSLA Pathway to Accessible Licensure Program is a secure online application portal. To get started:
- Create an account at this link: Sign up for an account
- Follow the prompts to set up your account
- Click on the "Apply for BCSLA Membership" tab which will take you to the online application form.
The BCSLA Pathway to Accessible Licensure Program is generously supported by the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs under the Credentials Assessment Improvement Fund.
Upon submitting the completed application form including all support documents the Credentials Committee will review the application. Candidates will be contacted immediately following the review.
BCSLA Board of Examiners
Appearance before the BCSLA Board of Examiners is the last step towards licensure as a landscape architect in British Columbia and is essential to ensure that an individual has demonstrated sufficient knowledge, skill and ability to practice the profession while protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.
Membership Application Forms
BCSLA Registered Landscape Architect
A Registered Landscape Architect is a person admitted into Membership of the Society in accordance with the requirements of the Bylaws and the Act, including qualification by education, examination and experience, payment of fees and annual fees when due, and compliance with the requirements of professional conduct and standards.
All candidates applying for BCSLA Registered Landscape Architect membership by Reciprocal Registration or as a Senior Practitioner and is a licensed landscape architect in a regulatory body in Canada or the United States must have this form completed and returned to the BCSLA office directly from the candidate’s licensing/examination board(s).
Additional Application Procedures for International Candidates. All international candidates applying for BCSLA Registered Landscape Architect membership must have this form completed and returned to the BCSLA office in addition to the BCSLA Registered Landscape Architect Application Form.
BCSLA Landscape Architect
A Landscape Architect may be one who chooses to withdraw from active practice in the field of landscape architecture, but wishes to retain his/her professional status; or full-time employee in the public sector or private industry, working in primarily management, policy, administrative or co-coordinating roles; or a full-time faculty, lecturer or writer working primarily in teaching or research.
An Intern is an Associate who has been accepted by the Board into the Admission Program for Membership in the Society, and upon such acceptance, the applicant is entitled to use the designation “BCSLA Intern”.
Submit the Qualified Mentor form. Then when you go online follow these instructions to log your mandatory Intern Experience:
- Log on to the profile page at https://www.bcsla.org/users
- Click on the “Intern Experience” tab
- Click on “New Record” tab
- Select a Month from the dropdown box
- “Choose your Mentor “ select your Mentor from the dropdown box
- In the “Choose Your Employer” select your Employer from the dropdown box. (if your employer does not have a BCSLA Member on staff please contact the BCSLA for further instructions)
BCSLA Pre-intern Associate
A Pre-intern is an Associate who is in the process of meeting all the requirements needed to apply as an Intern of the BCSLA, who: has been employed for less than six (6) years in the field of Landscape Architecture; or has a degree in an allied discipline; or has work experience in a related field.
An individual who is registered in an accredited post-secondary school Landscape Architecture program of study, may apply for recognition as an Associate of the Society, and upon acceptance by the Board and payment of all fees when due, the individual is entitled to use the designation “BCSLA Student”.
On May 30, 2016 the BCSLA Board of Directors meeting the following Motion was carried: MOTION #4: It was moved and seconded to set the BCSLA annual student fees to $0.00. CARRIED
Any individual, organization, institution, or business with an affiliation to the Principles and Practice of landscape architecture may apply for recognition as a "BCSLA Affiliate". BCSLA Affiliates must not be any individual, organisation, institution or business who provides services similar to that of a Landscape Architect. As BCSLA Affiliates are not bound by the Principles and Standards of the Society, applications will be thoroughly reviewed before acceptance to ensure that there is no possibility for confusion with services provided by BCSLA Members.
There are several options available for credentials evaluation services. The supplier evaluates formal for-credit educational programs of study for people who have studied in other provinces or countries and determines comparable levels in British Columbian and Canadian terms. Membership applicants are responsible for payment in full of all fees, including investigation fees for an extra-jurisdictional review, admission fees and other reasonable assessments.
International Credentials Evaluation Service (ICES): Download the BCSLA ICES Evaluation Requirements. All candidates must provide the "Comprehensive Evaluation Report" to assist the Credentials Committee in ensuring that complete educational history can be reviewed. The Basic Report does not contain sufficient information to make an informed decision. Candidates should contact the BCSLA office for information on alternate credentials evaluation services.
World Education Services (WES): BCSLA requires the Course By Course Evaluation Report to assist the Credentials Committee in ensuring that complete educational history can be reviewed. Candidates should contact the BCSLA office for information on alternate credentials evaluation services.
If you require an English language proficiency assessment, we will accept IELTS-Academic or TOEFL-iBT. No other assessment test will be accepted. This information is used primarily by post-secondary institutions and professional organizations.