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April 9, 1999 Changes in Statutes and Regulationsef="#april9">April 9, 1999 Changes in Statutes and Regulations
November 12, 1998 Revisions to Regulations
November 12, 1998 Suggested Subject Matter
Sept 14, 1998 Board of Landscape Architects

STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION
Board of Landscape Architects

April 9, 1999

TO: Connecticut Licensed Landscape Architects

FROM: Connecticut Board of Landscape Architects

RE: Changes in Statutes and Regulations concerning
the practice of landscape architecture

On several occasions over the past year, you were informed of pending
changes in the State regulations governing the practice of landscape
architecture in Connecticut, We are pleased to transmit a copy of the revised
statutes and regulations for your use.

You will note there are significant changes in the regulations,
particularly with respect to professional conduct and the requirements for
continuing education. As previously advised, all licensees are required to
have a total of 24 contact hours of continuing education by the July 2000,
renewal period. The Board offers the following guidance to assist you in
meeting your continuing education obligation:

  1. It is the obligation of each licensee to maintain a record of the continuing
     education courses. At the time of the license renewal period in July 2000,
     you will be asked to simply list the courses on the renewal form provided
     at the time of renewal.
  2. The reporting system is an honor system and it is expected that, as
     licensed professionals, the system will be respected by each licensee.
     However, the Department of Consumer Protection may audit continuing
     education activities of a percentage of licensees. Therefore, it is important
     that you keep records of courses taken, including registration forms,
     cancelled checks, and completion certificates, if any.
  3. The Board does to intend to pre-approve specific continuing education
     courses, seminars, or other activates except for "self-guided" courses or
     individual research. The basic principle is that continuing education
     must be directed to the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of the
     consumer.
     
     Attached is a list of subject matter or knowledge's which have been
     identified, in the task analysis conducted by the National Council of
     Landscape Architectural Registration Boards as year, as being essential
     to the practice of landscape architecture. Continuing education courses
     which address any of these knowledge's will be acceptable to the Board.
  4. You are required to accumulate 24 contact hours of continuing education
    each 2-year period. At least 6 contact hours of each 2-year continuing
    education period shall be earned by attendance at a live presentation of a
    continuing education program. A contact hour is defined as not less than
    (50) minutes of instruction or its equivalent. A college semester credit
    shall be the equivalent of forty-five (45) contact hours. Generally
    speaking, an all day seminar would be considered six (6) contact hours.

    Continuing education activities which satisfy the professional
    development intent of the regulations shall include, but are not limited
    to, college or university courses; activities conducted by professional
    programs or organizations which award continuing education credits;
    portions of technical meetings or seminars related to the technical
    element of the practice of landscape architecture; preparation and/or
    presentation of technical research papers at technical meetings;
    participation in the study and examination in technical subjects
    sponsored by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
    (CLARB); and participation in the preparation of the Landscape
    Architect Registration Examination sponsored by CLARB. Self-
    directed study or research may be acceptable with the prior approval of
    the Board. Continuing education credits obtained for the continuing
    education requirements of other States shall be acceptable if the credits
    meet the standards of Connecticut's continuing education requirement.

  5. The Board recognizes that presenters at professional seminars or
    conferences need to research the topic and prepare the lecture notes. This
    is a legitimate continuing education activity provided, however, that the
    subject matter is directed to health, safety, and welfare. A general rule is
    that each one-hour of lecture will be counted as six contact hours. The
    lecture or course must be professional in nature. Casual talks to local
    service organizations or garden clubs, for example, will not be given
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    The board hopes to keep the continuing education process as simple as
    possible and we hope that you will view continuing education not as a chore,
    but as an opportunity to advance your knowledge of landscape architecture
    for the good of consumers that we serve.

    Should you have any questions, please contact the Board at (860) 713-7230


The following should be used as a guide to the subject matter considered by the
Board of Landscape Architects as appropriate for meeting the continuing education requirements. This list was taken from "The Practice of Landscape Architecture, A Study of the Activities and Knowledge Areas for the Licensed Landscape Architect" published by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, 1998.

(A) LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES
planning and land use law
basic construction law
governmental policies and laws that affect the use and/or development of land
development restrictions (e.g., zoning, easements, covenants, codes
construction contracts and the responsibilities
professional liability issues
the bid evaluation process, including alternates, unit prices, bidder qualifications, bonds, etc.
legal aspects of the bidding process, such as bid form, bid bond, addenda, etc.
ethical standards for professional practice

(B) INVENTORY
information sources, such as existing documentation, land surveys, land use plans, aerial surveys, zoning
sources of information on specific site uses, such as sports fields, amphitheater seating, picnic areas, loading docks, etc.
surveying practices

(C) ANALYSIS
mathematics
geology
historical patterns of land use
sociological and cultural influences on design
behavioral factors relating to design
psychological and sensory implications of landscape design
natural site conditfloodplain management principles
stormwater management technologies
water supply and conservation technologies
characteristics of fire hazard areas
visual analysis methods and techniques
topography
hydrology
hydraulics (e.g., stormwater collection systems, pumping systems)
soils (e.g., pedology, mechanics)

D) DESIGN ISSUES

basic design principles (e.g., scale, function, balance)
aesthetic principles of landscape design
regional, urban, and community planning principles
the influences of internal and external views on land use and development (e.g., views, vistas, viewsheds)
functional relationships among program elements
the influences of transportation systems on land use and development
roadway alignment design principles
intersection and stopping site distance considerations (e.g., vision cones)
elements of vehicular and pedestrian circulation systems and their design requirements
code requirements and design principles for universal accessibility
how previous, existing, or potential uses surrounding a site affect land use and development
micro and macro climatic conditions and systems (e.g., wind, solar access)
principles of sustainability (i.e., at regional, local and site scales)
characteristics of plant material (e.g., size, shape, texture, color)
plant materials including hardiness, moisture requirements, soil requirements, etc.
landscape maintenance techniques, materials, equipment, and practices
noise attenuation and mitigation techniques

(E) CONSTRUCTION METHODS AND PROCESSES
construction methods and techniques
construction equipment and technologies
sequencing of design, approval, permitting and construction activities
methods of installation of construction materials
principles of grading and drainage
wetland creation and mitigation
materials and techniques for erosion and sedimentation control
utility systems and their design requirements
irrigations types and systems
the elements of lighting systems, including light sources and their design requirements
factors influencing selection of plant materials (e.g., availability, cost, maintenance, location, survivability, dependability)

(F) DOCUMENTATION AND ADMINISTRATION
common graphic symbols
coordinate systems and layout techniques and conventions
components of specifications for a project
specification types (e.g., material, workmanship, performance, proprietary)
general and supplemental conditions, special provisions, and technical specifications

(G) DETAILS
typical construction details (e.g., material, fasteners, finishes, assemblies)
site construction materials, including availability, costs, basic characteristics and applications
site ammenities (e.g., benches, kiosks, waste receptacles)
pools, fountains, and their design requirements
playground equipment and their design requirements
decks, walls, and overhead structures
structural considerations below grade (e.g., soil bearing, footing, foundation systems)
structural considerations above grade (e.g., walls, handrails, spans, decking)
pavement design and materials
structural considerations for small structures
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STATE OF CONNECTICUT
DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER PROTECTION
Board of Landscape Architects

September 14, 1998

TO: Landscape Architect Licensees
State of Connecticut

FROM: Board of Landscape Architects

RE: Continuing Education

Public Act 97-174 established mandatory continuing education for
maintaining a landscape architecture license in the State of Connecticut.
The Department of Consumer Protection has proposed new regulations
implementing this statutory requirement. We anticipate that the Regulation
Review Committee of the General Assembly will approve the new regulations
in October of 1998. The purpose of this memorandum is to alert you to the
new requirements, and to explain what you must do to comply.

PURPOSE

The General Assembly included a continuing education requirement to the
Statutes governing the practice of Landscape Architecture in an effort to
promote health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Connecticut. By
requiring all licensed landscape architects to be exposed to a minimal amount
of pertinent technical information on an ongoing basis, there will be greater
assurance that these professionals will be keeping current with the latest
technology affecting their practice. The requirement for continuing education
may also made it easier for Connecticut landscape architects to obtain a
license by reciprocity from other jurisdictions in the future.

REQUIREMENTS

The new regulations will require each licensed landscape architect to obtain
twenty four (24) continuing education units within a two-year period, the
first such period ending on July 31, 2000. Six (6) of these twenty four
continuing education units shall be earned by attendance at live
presentations. One continuing unit (CEU) is the equivalent of one
contact hour (50 minutes of instruction) of technical presentation acceptable
to the Board. As a guideline, the Board will generally deem acceptable
presentations on any technical aspect of the profession (not office
management or business development) that relates to the general health,
safety, and welfare of the public. For example, most instruction or study
concerning drainage, soil erosion and sediment control, playground
development, view shed analysis, ADA requirements, planting, etc.,.. would
be acceptable. A full day presentation would typically receive 6 CEU's
representing the actual number of presentation hours net of time spent in
registration, breaks, and other administrative aspects.

The following paragraphs from the proposed regulations provide a more
detailed description of the type of continuing education which will be
acceptable and the responsibilities of the licensee for keeping records.

(a) Continuing education activities which satisfy the
professional development intent of this section shall include, but are
not limited to, college or university courses; activities conducted by
professional programs or organizations which award continuing
education credits; portions of technical meetings or seminars related to
the technical elements of the practice of landscape architecture;
preparation and/or presentation of technical research papers at
technical meetings; participation in the study and examination in
technical subjects sponsored by CLARB; and participation in the
preparation of the LARE sponsored by CLARB. Self-directed study or
research may be acceptable with the prior approval of the Board.
Continuing education credits obtained for the continuing education
requirements of other states shall be accepted if the credits meet the
standards of this subsection.

(b) A landscape architect shall maintain a record of continuing
education activates, including dates, subjects, and other appropriate
documentation for a period of five years. A CLARB maintained record
shall be acceptable of proof of participation when such record is
submitted to the Board by CLARB on the landscape architect's behalf.
In lieu of maintaining a record of activity through CLARB, a landscape
architect may provide evidence of having fulfilled the continuing
education requirements on forms provided by the Board. A landscape
architect shall, upon request of the Department, make available
documentation to prove compliance with all continuing education
requirements.

As a Board, we look forward to the prospect of promoting health, safety, and
welfare of the people of Connecticut through the implementation of these
continuing education requirements. A copy of the new regulations will be
sent to each currently licensed landscape architect once they have been
adopted. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to
contact the Board Administrator, Robert M. Kuzmich, R.A., at (860)
713-7230dana, Helvetica, Arial"> 713-7230
or by facsimile at (860)
713-6145.

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