DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS  
DIRECTOR’S OFFICE  
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS GENERAL RULES  
Filed with the secretary of state on April 26, 2021  
These rules take effect immediately upon filing with the secretary of state unless adopted  
under section 33, 44, or 45a(6) of the administrative procedures act of 1969, 1969 PA  
306, MCL 24.233, 24.244, or 24.245a. Rules adopted under these sections become  
effective 7 days after filing with the secretary of state.  
(By authority conferred on the department of licensing and regulatory affairs by sections  
205, 2203, and 2205 of the occupational code, 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.205, 339.2203,  
and 339.2205, and Executive Reorganization Order Nos. 1991-9, 1996-2, 2003-1, 2007-  
17, and 2011-4, MCL 338.3501, 445.2001, 445.2011, 445.2023, and 445.2030.)  
R 339.19041 of the Michigan Administrative Code is amended, R 339.19002, R  
339.19004, R 339.19006, R 339.19008, R 339.19010, R 339.19012, R 339.19014, R  
339.19016, and R 339.19018 are added, and R 339.19023 and R 339.19025 are rescinded,  
as follows:  
PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS  
R 339.19002 Definitions.  
Rule 2. (1) As used in these rules:  
(a) “Code” means the occupational code, 1980 PA 299, MCL 339.101 to 339.2677.  
(b) “Department” means the department of licensing and regulatory affairs.  
(2) A term defined in the code has the same meaning when used in these rules.  
PART 2. EDUCATION AND EXAMINATION  
R 339.19004 Adoption by reference; accreditation.  
Rule 4. (1) The department adopts by reference the Landscape Architectural  
Accreditation Board’s (LAAB) “Accreditation Standards for First-Professional Programs  
in Landscape Architecture,” March 2016. The LAAB’s standards for accreditation are  
available for inspection and distribution at a cost of 10 cents per page from the  
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Professional Licensing, 611  
Ottawa St., P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or at no cost from the LAAB’s  
website at  
(2) The department adopts by reference the Landscape Architecture Accreditation  
Council’s (LAAC) “Manual of Accreditation Standards and Procedures for Canadian  
Programs of Landscape Architectural Education,” March 2017. The LAAC’s standards  
for accreditation are available for inspection and distribution at a cost of 10 cents per  
November 17, 2020  
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page from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Professional  
Licensing, 611 Ottawa St., P.O. Box 30670, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or at no cost from  
(3) A landscape architect education program accredited by the LAAB or the LAAC is  
approved by the department.  
(4) A credentials evaluation provided by a current member of the National Association  
of Credential Evaluation Services that verifies that an applicant’s education satisfies the  
requirements of a landscape architect education program accredited by the LAAB or the  
LAAC adopted by reference in subrules (1) and (2) of this rule is approved by the  
department.  
R 339.19006 Examination adoption; passing score.  
Rule 6. (1) The department approves and adopts the Landscape Architect Registration  
Examination (LARE) prepared and scored by the Council of Landscape Architects  
Registration Boards (CLARB).  
(2) The passing score for the LARE is the score established by the CLARB.  
PART 3. LICENSURE  
R 339.19008 Licensure by examination.  
Rule 8. (1) An applicant for a landscape architect license by examination shall submit a  
completed application on a form provided by the department together with the requisite  
fee. In addition to satisfying the requirements of the code, the applicant shall satisfy all  
the requirements in subrules (2) to (5) of this rule.  
(2) The applicant shall possess a minimum of 7 years of training and experience in the  
actual implementation and practice of landscape architecture by satisfying 1 of the  
following:  
(a) The applicant earned a baccalaureate degree from a program approved pursuant to  
R 339.19004 and completed at least 3 years of experience by working a minimum of  
4,500 hours over a 3-year period. As used in this rule, “experience” means applying  
accepted principles of landscape architecture in a non-academic and non-internship  
setting under the supervision of a landscape architect who is licensed or registered in this  
state or another state. Experience must be verified by the supervising landscape architect.  
(b) The applicant earned a baccalaureate degree and a master’s degree from a program  
approved pursuant to R 339.19004, and completed at least 2 years of experience by  
working a minimum of 3,000 hours over a 2-year period. Experience must be verified by  
the supervising landscape architect.  
(c) The applicant completed 1 or both of the following for a total of 7 years of training  
and experience:  
(i) The applicant completed 1 year of education from a program approved pursuant to  
R 339.19004 by passing a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours per year for  
each year of training credit earned. A maximum of 5 years of credit may be earned.  
(ii) The applicant completed 1 year of experience demonstrated by working a  
minimum of 1,500 hours per year for each year of experience earned. A maximum of 7  
years of credit may be earned. Experience hours must be verified by the supervising  
landscape architect.  
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(3) The applicant shall provide documentation to demonstrate that he or she has  
established a CLARB Council Record.  
(4) The applicant shall pass all parts of the LARE administered through the CLARB.  
(5) The applicant shall provide not less than 5 references from individuals unrelated to  
the applicant who have knowledge of the applicant’s experience in the practice of  
landscape architecture. At least 3 references must be from a licensed or registered  
landscape architect and must document the applicant’s experience in the practice of  
landscape architecture.  
R 339.19010 Licensure for an applicant currently licensed, registered, or  
otherwise credentialed in another state or country.  
Rule 10. (1) An applicant for licensure who is currently licensed, registered, or  
otherwise credentialed in another state or country shall submit a completed application on  
a form provided by the department together with the requisite fee. In addition to  
satisfying the requirements of the code, the applicant shall satisfy all of the requirements  
in subrules (2) to (4) of this rule.  
(2) The applicant shall satisfy 1 of the following:  
(a) Possess a current valid CLARB certification.  
(b) Demonstrate that the requirements for the license, registration, or other credential  
he or she holds had requirements that are substantially equivalent to R 339.19008, as  
required by MCL 339.2209.  
(3) The applicant shall provide not less than 3 references from individuals unrelated to  
the applicant who have knowledge of the applicant’s experience in the practice of  
landscape architecture. At least 1 reference must be from a licensed or registered  
landscape architect and must document the applicant’s experience in the practice of  
landscape architecture.  
(4) The applicant’s license, registration, or other credential in good standing in  
landscape architecture must be verified by each licensing agency where the applicant  
holds, or has ever held, a landscape architect license, registration, or other credential. If  
applicable, verification must include the records of any disciplinary action taken or  
pending against the applicant.  
R 339.19012 Relicensure.  
Rule 12. (1) An applicant whose license has lapsed for less than 3 years before the date  
of application for relicensure may be relicensed under section 411(3) of the code, MCL  
339.411, if the applicant satisfies the requirements of the code and both of the following:  
(a) The applicant submits the required fee and a completed application on a form  
provided by the department.  
(b) The applicant submits proof to the department of accumulating not less than 24  
hours of continuing education credit that meets the requirements of R 339.19014 during  
the 2 years immediately preceding the date of application for relicensure. If the  
department determines that the amount of continuing education hours submitted with the  
application is deficient, the applicant has 1 year from the date of the application to  
provide proof of completing the deficient hours.  
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(2) An applicant whose license has been lapsed for 3 years or more preceding the date  
of application may be relicensed under section 411(4) of the code, MCL 339.411, if the  
applicant satisfies the requirements of the code and all of the following:  
(a) The applicant submits the required fee and a completed application on a form  
provided by the department.  
(b) The applicant establishes that he or she has met all of the requirements for initial  
licensure under the code and these rules.  
(c) The applicant submits proof to the department of accumulating not less than 24  
hours of continuing education credit that meets the requirements of R 339.19014 during  
the 2 years immediately preceding the date of application for relicensure. If the  
department determines that the amount of continuing education hours submitted with the  
application is deficient, the applicant has 1 year from the date of the application to  
provide proof of completing the deficient hours.  
(d) The applicant provides not less than 3 references from individuals unrelated to the  
applicant who have knowledge of the applicant’s experience in the practice of landscape  
architecture. At least 1 reference must be from a licensed or registered landscape  
architect and must document the applicant’s experience in the practice of landscape  
architecture.  
(3) The applicant’s license, registration, or other credential in good standing in  
landscape architecture must be verified by each licensing agency where the applicant  
holds, or has ever held, a landscape architect license, registration, or other credential. If  
applicable, verification must include the records of any disciplinary action taken or  
pending against the applicant.  
PART 4. LICENSE RENEWAL, CONTINUING EDUCATION, SANCTIONS FOR  
FAILURE TO COMPLETE CONTINUING EDUCATION  
R 339.19014 License renewal; required continuing education; limitations; retention of  
documentation; waiver.  
Rule 14. (1) This rule applies to an application for renewal of a landscape architect  
license beginning 2 years after the date of promulgation of this rule.  
(2) An applicant for license renewal who has been licensed for the 2-year period  
preceding the expiration of his or her current license shall have completed 24 hours of  
continuing education that satisfies the requirements of R 339.19016.  
(3) A minimum of 16 of the 24 hours of required continuing education must be earned  
in a program or activity pertaining to the subject of public health, safety, or welfare  
(HSW). HSW subjects include, but are not limited to the following:  
(a) Building codes.  
(b) Code of ethics.  
(c) Codes, acts, laws, and regulations governing the practice of landscape architecture.  
(d) Construction administration, including construction contracts.  
(e) Construction documents.  
(f) Design of environmental systems.  
(g) Environmental process and analysis.  
(h) Erosion control methods.  
(i) Grading.  
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(j) Horticulture.  
(k) Irrigation methods.  
(l) Land planning and use.  
(m) Landscape preservation, landscape restoration and adaptive reuse.  
(n) Lateral forces.  
(o) Natural hazards-impact of earthquake, hurricane, fire, or flood related to site  
design.  
(p) Pedestrian and vehicular circulation.  
(q) Planting design.  
(r) Resource conservation and management.  
(s) Roadway design principles.  
(t) Site accessibility, including Americans with Disabilities Act standards for  
accessible site design.  
(u) Site and soils analysis.  
(v) Site design and engineering, including materials, methods, technologies, and  
applications.  
(w) Site security and safety.  
(x) Storm water management and surface and subsoil drainage.  
(y) Structural systems considerations.  
(z) Surveying methods and techniques as they affect landscape architecture.  
(aa) Sustainable design, including techniques related to energy efficiency.  
(bb) Use of site materials and methods of site construction.  
(cc) Vegetative management.  
(dd) Wetlands.  
(ee) Zoning as it relates to the improvement or protection of the public health, safety,  
and welfare.  
(4) Submission of an application for renewal constitutes the applicant’s certification of  
compliance with the requirements of this rule. The department may require a licensee to  
submit evidence to demonstrate compliance with this rule.  
(5) The continuing education credit earned during 1 license cycle may not be carried  
forward to the next license cycle.  
(6) The licensee shall retain documentation of satisfying the requirements of this rule  
for a period of 4 years from the date of application for license renewal.  
(7) A request for a continuing education waiver filed pursuant to section 204(2), MCL  
339.204, must be received by the department before the expiration date of the license.  
R 339.19016 Approved continuing education; limitations.  
Rule 16. (1) The department shall grant credit for continuing education hours as  
provided in the chart below:  
Activity and Proof Required  
Number of Continuing  
Education Hours Granted  
for Activity  
(a)  
Completion of an approved continuing  
education program related to landscape  
The number of continuing  
education hours designated  
architecture, regardless of the format in which by the approving entity.  
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it is offered, if it is approved or offered for  
continuing education credit by any of the  
following:  
If the program was not  
approved for a set number  
of hours, then 1 credit hour  
for each 50 minutes of  
participation may be  
earned.  
Landscape Architecture Continuing  
Education System.  
The American Society of Landscape  
Architects (ASLA).  
A state chapter of the ASLA.  
If audited, the applicant shall submit  
documentation or certificate of completion  
showing the applicant’s name, total continuing  
education credits earned, sponsor name and  
contact information, program title, and the  
date the program was held or completed.  
Passing an academic course related to  
landscape architecture offered by a college or education may be earned  
university that offers a baccalaureate degree or for each semester of credit.  
higher degree in landscape architecture and is  
(b)  
(c)  
(d)  
Fifteen hours of continuing  
accredited by the LAAB.  
Ten hours of continuing  
education hours may be  
If audited, the applicant shall submit a copy of earned for each quarter  
the transcript showing the number of credit  
hours of the academic courses related to  
landscape architect.  
Attending a seminar, in-house course,  
workshop, or professional or technical  
credit.  
One hour of continuing  
education may be earned  
presentation related to landscape architecture. for every 50 minutes of  
participation.  
If audited, the applicant shall submit a copy of  
the presentation notice or advertisement  
showing the date of the presentation, the  
licensee’s name listed as a presenter or  
attendee, and the name of the organization that  
approved or offered the presentation.  
Teaching, instructing, or presenting a subject  
related to landscape architecture.  
One hour of continuing  
education may be earned  
for every 50 minutes of  
teaching, instruction, or  
presenting.  
If audited, the applicant shall submit  
documentation by the college or university  
confirming the licensee as the teacher,  
instructor, or presenter of the academic course, A maximum of 12 hours of  
the dates of the course or presentation, the  
number of classroom hours spent teaching,  
continuing education may  
be earned for this activity  
instructing, or presenting, and the course title. during each renewal  
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period.  
(e)  
Initial publication of a peer-reviewed paper,  
article, or book related to landscape  
architecture.  
Six hours of continuing  
education may be earned  
for this activity.  
If audited, the applicant shall submit a copy of A maximum of 18 hours of  
the publication that identifies the applicant as  
the author or a publication acceptance letter.  
continuing education may  
be earned for this activity  
during each renewal  
period.  
(f)  
Participation in professional examination  
writing.  
One hour of continuing  
education may be earned  
for every 50 minutes of  
examination writing.  
If audited, the applicant shall submit  
documentation by the testing developer  
confirming the applicant as an examination  
writer, the dates the examination writing, and  
the number of hours spent writing the  
examination questions.  
A maximum of 5 hours of  
continuing education may  
be earned for this activity  
during each renewal  
period.  
(g)  
(h)  
(i)  
Providing professional expertise to a non-  
profit or public board, commission, council, or education hour may be  
committee.  
One hour of continuing  
earned for each 50 minutes  
of meetings attended.  
If audited, the applicant shall submit  
documentation from the board, commission,  
or committee confirming the applicant’s  
service, the dates of service, and the number  
of hours of service provided.  
Completion of a self-study course presented  
by correspondence or electronically ending  
with an examination or other verification  
process.  
A maximum of 10 hours of  
continuing education hour  
may be earned for this  
activity during each  
renewal period.  
One hour of continuing  
education may be earned  
for every 50 minutes of  
participation.  
If audited, the applicant shall submit  
documentation of the examination or other  
verification process result and a statement of  
the dates, number of minutes, and materials  
covered in completing the course.  
Participating in a company-sponsored or  
hosted seminar or training that is designed  
to enhance professional development  
A maximum of 4 hours of  
continuing education may  
be earned for this activity  
during each renewal  
period.  
One hour of continuing  
education may be earned  
for every 50 minutes of  
in the applicant’s area of professional practice. participation in the seminar  
or training.  
If audited, the applicant shall submit  
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documentation or a certificate of completion  
A maximum of 4 hours of  
issued by the company presenting the seminar continuing education may  
or training showing the applicant’s name, be earned for this activity  
company name, subject of seminar or training, during each renewal  
and the date on which the seminar or training  
was held.  
period.  
(2) Continuing education hours are not granted for a program or activity that has  
substantially the same content of a program or activity for which the applicant has  
already earned continuing education hours during the same renewal period.  
R 339.19018 Sanctions for failure to complete required continuing education.  
Rule 18. (1) A licensee who fails to comply with the continuing education requirements  
of R 339.19014 is subject to all of the following:  
(a) A fine of $250.00, plus $50.00 for each continuing education hour, or on a pro-rata  
basis for a fractional hour, the licensee is deficient, payable by a date determined by the  
department.  
(b) Probation for a minimum period of 1 day, not to exceed a period of 1 year, until  
the licensee has completed the continuing education hours that he or she was deficient  
during the audit period. The continuing education hours used to satisfy these sanctions do  
not apply in computing the licensee's compliance with current continuing education  
requirements for license renewal. Probation automatically terminates upon completion of  
the required deficient hours and payment of the fine.  
(2) Failure to pay the fine or complete the deficient continuing education hours within  
the time allotted pursuant to subrule (1) of this rule will result in suspension of the  
license.  
(3) Suspension pursuant to subrule (2) of this rule will be automatically lifted upon  
compliance with the consent order, provided that such compliance occurs before the  
license expires. If the licensee fails to comply with the consent order before the license  
expires, the licensee shall apply for relicensure.  
(4) Instead of the sanctions provided in subrule (1) of this rule, the department may  
accept permanent surrender of the license.  
R 339.19023 Rescinded.  
R 339.19025 Rescinded.  
PART 5. SEAL REQUIREMENTS  
R 339.19041 Requirements of seal; use of seal.  
Rule 41. (1) Pursuant to section 2210(1) of the code, MCL 339.2210, each licensee shall  
have a seal that states the name of the licensee, his or her landscape architect license  
number, and bear the words “licensed landscape architect” and “state of Michigan.”  
(2) The design of the seal to be used by each licensee is as follows:  
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(3) The licensee shall obtain the seal when he or she is licensed and shall submit an  
imprint of the seal to the department within 30 days of licensure. If a new seal is obtained  
at a later time, the licensee shall submit an imprint of the new seal to the department  
within 30 days.  
(4) The seal must be used only on work that has been prepared by or under the personal  
supervision of the licensee.  
(5) Pursuant to section 2210(2) of the code, MCL 339.2210, any plan, specification, or  
report prepared by the licensee, or under his or her supervision, and filed with a public  
authority must be stamped with the licensee’s seal.