July 12, 2009 at 6:13 am #173721
Following up on my article on professional certifications in July’s Landscape Architecture magazine…
Do you have a professional certification that we missed?
What are your thoughts on how professional certifications are affecting the profession?
Does every new movement within the profession need its own expensive certification program? Recognizing certain designs for their excellence is one thing, but should we create a special class of people who are involved with sustainable projects or crime prevention through environmental design?
Should new movements that have the potential to change the way we practice be handled through specialized acreditation programs or continuing education aimed at the entire profession? And if you feel you would prefer the later, how would that work?July 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm #173732Mark LerchParticipant
I am glad you wrote an article addressing this topic. It does seem like there is a lot of pressure to validate ourselves with more and more credentials. I thought when I got my RLA I would be done. Now with the competition for work being so intense it seems inevitable that just to be marketable it will be necessary to become LEED certified, even if I question its effectiveness. What really concerns me is having to seek certification to perform tasks that we are supposed to be qualified to do already. In Florida we are allowed to do drainage and stormwater by the statute, 481 part II. This is immaterial to the people who really matter when it comes to stormwater, the Water Management District. Only plans signed and sealed by a P.E. are approvable for stormwater management. There is discussion about possibly initiating another certification process that will allow landscape architects to prove they are capable of submitting plans for stormwater management. I don’t know if they will ever be allowed to design plans for structural stormwater control or just non-structural alternatives. As your article described it does seem that the profession of landscape architecture is being diminished to specifying plants and providing details of planting procedures.February 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm #173731Alison Endl DurstParticipant
I was reminded of this article of yours just yesterday during a job interview. It was suggested that I “check out” three different certifications. While these all seem valuable each and of themselves, each one is time consuming and expensive. It’s expensive just to collect the study materials! It’s not even possible to evaluate the redundancies among all the similar certificates. I believe what is missing is some sort of hierarchy. I’d like to believe that completing my LARE will achieve some sort of terminal certification or credibility, but alas…
Is this just the price we pay for joining a field that encompasses so many subjects? The penance for all this beautiful diversity in our work and in our colleagues?February 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm #173730
Low paying profession with lots of expensive certifications and societies… hhhmmmm…. am I missing something?February 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm #173729mark fosterParticipant
Ha! How about MOLF. Master Of Low Pay….I have study materials and they are only $ 1,200 for the complete course…..February 16, 2011 at 12:04 am #173728February 16, 2011 at 12:24 am #173727
Funny how this topic is taking off all of a sudden…
While I studied landscape architecture and worked in the field for a few years, I am not currently practicing as a landscape architect. I’ve been a full time writer and editor with Landscape Architecture Magazine since 2008, so I have no need for any certifications myself. I just think this issue deserves discussion within the profession and that’s why I wrote about it.
(If you missed the original article, it appeared in July 2009.)February 16, 2011 at 12:54 am #173726
Three different certifications! Wow! Which ones?February 16, 2011 at 3:56 am #173725mauiBobParticipant
Everyone above made some great points!
The RLA is all you need and the rest is fluff. Complete Fluff! I would advice others to not waste time with LEED, AP, etc “until” you first get licensed. Then, do the other things to boast your ego. I see plenty of entry level grads with LEED and are they more knowledgeable than myself or someone with an actual license? No! It means they had the time to study for it during college years. In 3 years, LEED and the Green Building money making machine will redefine itself and add more clutter. Sort of like software with new versions.February 16, 2011 at 5:16 am #173724Heather SmithParticipant
You mean if I get my Reiki certificate it won’t help me?February 16, 2011 at 5:37 am #173723
Certifiable…? Quite possibly…February 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm #173722
Plants need healing too… and some of them don’t like to be touched… you could be a cacti reiki master… though you might need to move to Southern California though if you want to find clients…
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