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DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

 

Apply for License - Maryland Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects

 

License/Permit Categories

  • Landscape Architect (License): An individual who practices landscape architecture in Maryland.
  • Partnership (Permit): A partnership through which landscape architecture is practiced in Maryland. A partner who holds a Maryland landscape architect license must be designated as the responsible member.
  • Corporation (Permit): A corporation through which landscape architecture is practiced in Maryland. An officer of the corporation, who holds a Maryland landscape architect license, must be designated as the responsible member.
  • License and Permit Periods:  Two-year period from the date of issuance.

Fees

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

Requirements for Licensure

1. Licensure by Examination
To qualify for the exam, the applicant: shall meet the education/experience requirements set in the Law:

§ 9-303. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

(a) Before an applicant takes the examination given by the Board, the applicant shall qualify under this section by meeting the educational and experience requirements set forth in subsection (b), (c), (d), or (e) of this section.

(b) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
  (1) has been graduated from a college or school of landscape architecture that holds accredited status from the national Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board; and
  (2) has at least 2 years of work experience in landscape architecture that is:
    (i) under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
    (ii) otherwise satisfactory to the Board.

(c) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
  (1) has been graduated on completion of at least a 4-year curriculum in a design-related discipline from a college or university that is accredited by, or is a constituent unit of an institution accredited by, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools or the equivalent regional accrediting association of other regional areas; and
  (2) has at least 4 years of work experience in landscape architecture that is:
    (i) under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
    (ii) otherwise satisfactory to the Board.

(d) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
  (1) has been graduated on completion of at least a 4-year curriculum in a nondesign-related discipline from a college or university that is accredited by, or is a constituent unit of an institution accredited by, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools or the equivalent regional accrediting association of other regional areas; and
  (2) has at least 6 years of practical work experience in landscape architecture that is:
    (i) under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
    (ii) otherwise satisfactory to the Board.

(e) (1) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
    (i) is a high school graduate or the equivalent; and
    (ii) has at least 8 years of practical work experience in landscape architecture that is: 
      1. under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
      2. otherwise satisfactory to the Board.
  (2) The Board may count each full year of study at a college or school of landscape architecture that meets the criteria set forth in subsection (b) of this section as one of the years of the work experience required under this subsection.
    (a) In General-Before an applicant takes the examination given by the Board, the applicant shall qualify under this section by meeting the education and experience requirements set forth in subsection (b) or (c) of this section.

Application Process

2. License by Reciprocity
The Board will grant a license to an applicant who is licensed to practice landscape architecture in another state, if at the time the applicant was licensed in the other state, the applicant was required to pass an examination and possessed qualifications that were substantially equivalent to the examination and qualifications in Maryland.

Application Process

  • Contact the Board's office to ascertain needed qualifications and to obtain an application at landscape@dllr.state.md.us.
    OR
  • Apply and pay the reciprocal application fee online

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT PARTNERSHIP/CORPORATION

A permit is required before a corporation or partnership

  1. operates a business through which a licensed landscape architect practices landscape architecture; and
  2. represents to the public that the business provides the services of a licensed landscape architect.

A permit authorizes the holder to provide a service that constitutes practicing landscape architecture only if the service is performed by an individual who is licensed or otherwise authorized to practice landscape architecture in Maryland.

Application Process

  • Applicants for a partnership/corporation permit may contact the Board's office for an application at landscape@dllr.state.md.us.
    OR
  • Apply and pay the permit application fee online