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BCSLA & International Professional Credential Recognition

Friday, November 10, 2023

International Professional Credential Recognition
This fall, BC introduced new fair credential recognition legislation that aims to reduce barriers for internationally trained professionals seeking jobs in BC. The International Credentials Recognition Act received Royal Assent on November 8, 2023, and will come into force next summer.The act will affect 29 professions that are overseen by 18 regulatory authorities, including Landscape Architecture.  The BCSLA fully supports Bill 38 and we have been providing our response, alongside other regulators, on international credentials recognition standards to government officials.

The BCSLA is well equipped to come into compliance with Bill 38.  For many years the BCSLA, has been working on international credentials recognition programs for landscape architects, with financial assistance of the federal and provincial governments.   The BCSLA has established the program entitled Solutions to Access:  Pathway to Accessible Licensure that significantly reduces barriers to licensure for all candidates. As a professional regulator we continue to work to make sure that the public is protected through a robust Admissions Program that ensures only those individuals who are qualified can use the title landscape architect in BC whether they were educated in North America or elsewhere across the globe

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Project: Hanley Residence
Landscape Architect / Firm: LeFrank & Associates Ltd.
Location: Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
Photo Credit: David Hollebone