Your E&O Insurance may or may not be tied holding a state license. We recommend checking with both your agent and your carrier, in writing, to make sure you are covered during the time that the state is not regulating the profession.
PROTECT AND DEFEND LICENSURE
Fifty-two jurisdictions have recognized that landscape architecture regulation is necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare. The practice of landscape architecture should preserve and maximize the use of natural systems and resources, keep the public safe from hazards, and prevent damage to public or private property from changes in the built environment. The education, experience, and examination required to earn a license ensures that licensed landscape architects can effectively protect the public and our communities from harm.
For 30+ years through the end of 2020, landscape architects in Illinois were licensed/registered under a Title Act. It sunset due to a gaffe in the 2020 fall legislative session and the reinstatement of a Landscape Architecture Title Act has been the focus of our advocacy efforts since. The Title Act would restore registration for landscape architects in Illinois and protect the title of “landscape architect.” A Title Act does not prevent any person from being engaged in the practice of landscape architecture so long as they do not represent themselves as or use the titles of “landscape architect” or “registered landscape architect”.
The Illinois Chapter has hired lobbyist Molly Rockford to assist in advocacy issues. Her company has helped leadership craft language for submission to reinstate the Title Act and to keep the chapter informed on critical issues that affect the industry.
Stay on Top of Current LICENSURE Issues
Landscape Architecture Registration is Back!!
On October 18, 2022, the IDFPR emailed the message below to registrants who were actively registered as of January 1, 2020.
If you did not receive the message but believe that your registration was active with IDPFR prior to January 1, 2020, please contact the IDPFR or follow the instructions in the letter to update your information.
There have been several questions regarding August 2021 renewals and/or CEUs. No action regarding renewal or proof of CEUs needs to be taken at this time.
“The Rules for the Administration of the Landscape Architect Registration Act were recently adopted by the Joint Committee of Administrative Rules (JCAR) and effective as of September 26, 2022. All registrants who were actively registered with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) as of January 1, 2020, have been automatically re-registered without fee as required under the new Act.
You are receiving this message as you were eligible for the “grandfather” provision of the Act and as such, have been re-registered for the Landscape Architect profession in Illinois. Your registration number remains the same and will be active through August 31, 2023, at which point all registrants must renew.
You may download your current certificate of registration by using your registration number and SSN on the IDFPR website here: https://idfpr.illinois.
If necessary, you may update your contact information by accessing your online account with the IDFPR online portal here: https://online-dfpr.
Should you have any questions regarding how to access your online account, please contact the Department at 1-800-560-6420.
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation Design Unit
Illinois Title Act / Landscape Architect Act of 1989
On May 23, 2022, IDPFR sent the following message via email to Landscape Architects who were registered with them prior to January 1, 2020, drop of the licensure Title Act.
Among other things, the letter announces that:
“A new Landscape Architecture Registration law was signed by the Illinois Governor on August 6, 2021. As a result, the use of the title “registered landscape architect” and other iterations are once again protected under the new Statute and regulated by official registration issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (Department).”
The sunset of the Illinois Title Act was a result of numerous issues, all of which can be found in the Letters to Members below. The ILASLA Board, along with our contracted Lobbyist and the IDFPR, have worked diligently to reinstate the act and are now working toward including Continuing Education Credits as soon as possible.
Contracts may or may not be tied to holding a state license. We recommend reviewing contracts closely and, if necessary, discussing contracts with a lawyer during the time that the state is not regulating the profession.
Reciprocity and CLARB Membership
Some contract holders are working around the issue by, at the very least, requiring CLARB membership as proof of licensure. For details on joining or reviewing your CLARB record, please see “Letter to Members 12.30.19.”
Letters to Members
If you have questions regarding the issue, please contact any one of the Board members mentioned in the letters below. We, in turn, will do our best to keep members informed on the reinstatement details and timeline.
- Letter to Members: Update on Continuing Education Requirements and Registration Renewals 6.6.23
- Letter to Members: Update on Landscape Architecture Registration Act: We’ve Arrived! 10.19.22
- Letter to Members: Update on Landscape Architecture Registration Act: Rules Review 8.18.22
- Letter to Members: Update on Landscape Architecture Registration Act: Rules Review for Public Act 102-0284 7.22.22
- Letter to Members: Update on Landscape Architecture Registration Act: Rules Process 4.8.22, Rules Draft and How Rules are Made
- Letter to Members: Update on Landscape Architecture Registration Act: Rules Process Continues 1.28.2022
- Letter to Members: Conference on Landscape Architecture 2021 from President
- Letter to Members: Update on Landscape Architecture Registration Act: Rules Process 11.15.21
- Letter to Members: Title Act Reinstatement Signed by the Governor 8.9.21
- Letter to Members: Title Act Update: Title Act Reinstatement to the Governor for Signature into Law 8.3.21
- Letter to Members: Title Act Movement 5.25.21
- Letter to Members: Watch for iAdvocate Alert 4.12.21
- Letter to Members: Landscape Architect Title Act Bill Introduction 3.1.21
- Letter to Members: FAQs About the Anticipated Reinstatement of the Title Act 1.22.21
- Letter to Members: Illinois Lame Duck Session 1.14.21
- Letter to Members: 11.11.20
- Letter to Members: Title Act Update 5.22.2020
- Letter to Members: COVID-19 and Advocacy Update 3.17.2020
- Letter to Members: Title Act Update 2.11.2020
- Letter to Members: Title Act Extension Update: CLARB and Other 12.30.19
- Letter to Members: Title Act Extension Update 12.19.19
- Letter to Members: Title Act Extension Update 11.26.19
- Letter to Members: Title Act Extension Update 10.28.19
- Letter to Members: Title Act Extension Update 10.23.19
- Letter to Members 5.31.19
- Letter to Members: File a Witness Slip 3.18.19
- Letter to Members 3.8.19
- Letter to Members 2.7.19
- Letter to Members 12.11.18
- ASLA Goes to the Hill_Stream 5.3.18
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