License or no License

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  • #161584

    Juan Antonio Lopez
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    I’m a recent graduate exploring career opportunities and I was wondering what are the pros and cons of being a landscape architect vs. landscape designer.

    #161592

    Adam Trujillo
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    This may or may not be relevant considering the firm you work for but according to ASLA’s latest survey “Being licensed significantly contributed to salary – $77,700 for those holding a license compared to $52,700 without.”

    http://www.asla.org/land/LandArticle.aspx?id=30026

    Also, I’m currently working towards getting my license just to have options later for when I may want have my own firm.  As far as the firm that I work for we are able to get a lot of projects that require stamped and signed plans that a landscape designer would not be able to do.  

    My 2 cents… 

    #161591

    Jordan Lockman
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    A license is not a silver bullet that will give you unmeasured wealth, but it gives you more opportunities. I just got licensed last year (7years out of school) so far it has not changed my life much. However I do now have the ability to sign drawings and it allows me do more on my own. So good to have, but I would not stress about getting it right away. It was always a 10 year out of school goal for me, so I got it done a little earlier than that.

     

    If you want to go anywhere in a design firm you will need a license otherwise you are relegated to being a drafter. In design/build residential a license is not required. So there you don’t need a license, but it is still nice to call yourself a Landscape Architect to give yourself a distinction from the uneducated designers that flood that market.

     

    I worked design/build out of school, since there were opportunities for me at the time. I would not let the long term goal of a license deter you from working in one of those types of positions. I learned a lot doing design build and it had really helped to give me experience that I did not get in college. Experience that has really helped me in the design firm I currently work at.

     

     

    #161590

    Darrel Biggs
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    get it and live without restrictions….

    #161589

    Rick Kingsbury
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    Yes, and support the profession in the process.

    #161588

    Alan Ray, RLA
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    Dood! did your school not explain this to you???

    #161587

    Andrew Garulay, RLA
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    If you plan on being a landscape contractor and designing your landscapes as part of it, there might not be as much a difference as some might think. I know many contractors with LA degrees who went into, or continued existing, business before interning. They do very well. One benefit to no having an LA license as a contractor is that LAs will have you bid on their jobs – when you have a stamp, they don’t for obvious reasons.

     

    The question is whether the primary business is as a contractor or design.

    #161586

    Jordan Lockman
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    I second this comment. This is a discussion that maybe should have happened when you were deciding between Land. Arch and Horticulture at your University. Maybe when deciding against the two year landscape design/hort. course at the local Vocational-tech School.

    If you have a LA degree you have spent at least double the amount of time in school as the entry level for landscape design without a license. So “finish your degree”(as CLARB puts it) and get the license, even if it is a five or ten year goal like myself.

    #161585

    Keith
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    Definately get the license.  Studying for the tests and taking them will make you better at what you do, especially grading and site design.  There’s a lot of stuff on the tests that you don’t learn in school and helps you look at things a bit differently.

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