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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT BOARD

 

DIVISION 25

CONTINUING EDUCATION

804-025-0000

Effective Date for Compliance with Continuing Education Requirements

The criteria and guidelines set forth in these rules for compliance with Continuing Education Requirements shall take full effect on July 1, 2006. At that time each registrant may be required to submit proof to the Board that they have met the requirements of this section in the manner prescribed.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 671.415
Stat. Implemented: ORS 671.395
Hist.: LAB 1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-05

804-025-0010

Continuing Education Requirements

(1) Exemptions: A registrant may be exempt, upon board review and approval, from continuing education requirements in any of the following situations:

(a) A registrant is called to active duty in the armed forces of the United States for a period of time exceeding 120 consecutive days in a calendar year. This registrant may request an exemption from obtaining one-half of the required continuing education during that renewal period. Alternatively, the registrant may request to be placed on inactive status under ORS 671.376(4). If the registrant on inactive status requests to return to active practice, the registrant shall complete all professional development hours as required by 804-025-0015.

(b) A registrant experiences physical disability, illness, or other extenuating circumstances that prevents the registrant from practicing landscape architecture. The registrant shall provide supporting documentation for the board's review and approval of the medical exemption. Alternatively, the registrant may request to be placed on inactive status under ORS 671.376(4). If the registrant on inactive status elects to return to active practice, the registrant shall complete all professional development hours as required by 804-025-0015.

(c) A registrant on inactive status must return to active status within 5 years of being placed on inactive status or the registration will lapse and cannot be renewed.

(2) Records: each registrant shall maintain:

(a) A log showing the subject and type of activity claimed, the sponsoring organization, location, duration and instructor's or speaker's name.

(b) Documentation sufficient to prove completion of the activity claimed such as attendance verification records, completion certificates or other documents;

(c) Required log and documentation for at least four (4) years.

(3) Audit: Upon request, each registrant shall provide proof of satisfying the continuing education requirements. If the registrant fails to furnish the information as required by the board or if the information is not sufficient to satisfy the requirements, the license shall not be renewed.

(4) Disallowance: If the board disallows one or more continuing education activities claimed, the board may, at its discretion, allow the registrant up to 120 days after notification to substantiate the original claim or to complete other continuing education activities sufficient to meet the minimum requirements.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183.335(5), 670.310, 671.376, 671.395, 671.415
Stat. Implemented: ORS 671.376, 671.395
Hist.: LAB 1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-05; LAB 4-2008, f. & cert. ef. 11-7-08; LAB 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 6-20-13 thru 12-17-13; LAB 5-2013, f. & cert. ef. 12-12-13

804-025-0015

Continuing Education Requirements for Reactivation of Registration

(1) If the inactive registration is less than one year, the Inactive registrant must provide proof of meeting all of the continuing education requirements of OAR 804-025-0020(2) for reactivation of registration.

(2) If the inactive registration is for one year or more, the Inactive registrant must provide proof of meeting the continuing education requirements of OAR 804-025-0020(2) during the two year period immediately prior to reactivation of registration.

(3) Delinquent registrants seeking reinstatement must provide proof of compliance with requirements of OAR 804-025-0020(2) for each year the registration has been delinquent before the registration may be considered for reinstatement.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183 & 671
Stat. Implemented: ORS 671.335, 671.395 & 671.415
Hist.: LAB 4-2008, f. & cert. ef. 11-7-08

804-025-0020

Uniform Continuing Education Standards

(1) Definitions:

(a) Activity -- any course or educational endeavor that has a clear purpose and objective and maintains, improves or expands the professional knowledge or skill of the registrant.

(b) Professional Development Hour (PDH) -- one hour (with no less than 50 minutes of direct involvement, commonly referred to as a contact hour) of an activity that meets the requirements of these regulations.

(c) Structured educational activity -- any activity that has:

(A) a sponsor other than the registrant;

(B) evidence of pre-planning including a written objective and format;

(C) an assessment component; and

(D) is documented and verifiable.

(d) Health, safety and welfare issue -- any issue related to the practice of landscape architecture exemplified by the most current examination required for licensure.

(e) Common conversions:

(A) One university quarter credit hour = 30 PDHs

(B) One university semester credit hour = 45 PDHs

(C) One IACET Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 10 PDHs

(2) Basic Requirements as a condition of renewal:

(a) Each landscape architect shall complete 12 PDH of acceptable continuing education requirements during the one-year period immediately preceding each annual renewal date.

(b) At least 9 PDH of the continuing education requirement must be earned by completing structured educational activities that directly address the health, safety, and welfare issues of the public as related to the practice of landscape architecture.

(c) If a registrant exceeds the total continuing education requirement in a renewal period, the registrant may carry a maximum of 12 PDH forward into the next renewal period.

(3) Conditions For Acceptance:

(a) To be accepted as a PDH, a structured educational activity must be related to the practice of landscape architecture, performed outside of the normal performance of one's occupation, and contemporaneously documented.

(b) The following are types of PDH that may be accepted by the Board:

(A) Professional or Technical presentations; making professional or technical presentations at recognized professional meetings, conventions or conferences may qualify for up to one PDH per reporting period.

(B) Teaching or instructing a qualified presentation may be eligible for up to two PDH for each contact hour spent in the classroom. Teaching PDH may be available only for teaching a course or seminar in its initial presentation. Teaching PDH are not available to full-time faculty of any college or university.

(C) Authoring; Authoring (publishing) or presenting an original paper, article or book may be eligible for up to 20 PDH per publication. PDH may be available for authorship or presentation of that activity, but not for both. PDH cannot be requested until the paper, article, or book is actually published or presented. PDH may be available only for authorship or presentation in its initial version.

(D) Professional societies or organizations; Serving as an elected officer or appointed chair of a committee of an organization in a professional society or organization may qualify for the equivalent of up to 4 PDH per reporting period. PDH of this type are limited to 4 PDH per organization and may be eligible only at the completion of each year of service.

(E) Professional boards or commissions; Serving as an elected officer or appointed member of a professional board or commission may qualify for up to 4 PDH per reporting period. PDH of this type are limited to 4 PDH per elected office or appointment and may be eligible only at the completion of each year of service.

(F) Professional examination grading or writing; Serving as an exam grader or on a committee writing exam materials for a professional registration examination may be eligible for up to 4 PDH per exam. A maximum of 8 PDH of this type may be accepted per biennium.

(G) Attaining specialty certifications through examination from a qualified professional society or organization may be eligible for PDHs equal to two times the allotted examination time (i.e. 4 PDHs may be granted for a certification exam of 2 hours in length). A maximum of 4 PDH of this type may be accepted per reporting period.

(H) Pro-bono service that has a clear purpose and objective and maintains, improves, or expands the professional knowledge or skill of the registrant may be eligible for up to 1 PDH for every 4 hours of service. A maximum of 4 PDH of this type may be accepted per year.

(I) Extended travel outside the State of Oregon may be eligible for up to 2 PDH per week of travel.

(J) Attendance at industry related exhibitions such as home and garden shows may be eligible for up to 1 PDH per show. A maximum of 2 PDH of this type may be accepted per year.

(K) Mentoring one or more students for one day at the University of Oregon Landscape Architecture Shadow Mentor Day program or other mentoring event may be eligible for up to 1 PDH per mentor day. A maximum of 4 PDH of this type may be accepted per year.

(L) Membership on the regulatory board for the practice of landscape architecture may be eligible for up to 8 HSW PDH per year of membership.

(4) The board has final authority with respect to approval for courses, specific activities, and other PDH.

(5) A Landscape Architect registered for 25 consecutive years or more in Oregon or other states requiring registration may meet Oregon’s continuing education requirement upon completing 4 PDH per year. This can be accomplished through formal continuing education or self study.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 671.415
Stat. Implemented: ORS 671.395
Hist.: LAB 1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-14-05; LAB 1-2008, f. & cert. ef. 2-4-08; LAB 1-2010, f. & cert. ef. 2-17-10

804-025-0030

Documentation of PDH

(1) All active Registered Landscape Architects must maintain proper documentation for any PDH listed on the registrant’s PDH Documentation Log. If audited, acceptable documentation must accompany the PDH Documentation Log.

(2) For any PDH activity, each Registered Landscape Architect is responsible for obtaining verification of participation as required under this rule.

(3) The following documentation from a third party provider qualifies as verification of attendance at a PDH activity. The documentation must include the name of the provider, the title of the event, dates attended, and the number of PDHs requested for attendance:

(a) Certificate of completion;

(b) Certificate of attendance;

(c) Letter of confirmation of attendance; or

(d) Transcript.

(4) If proof of attendance is not available from the third party provider as provided under paragraph (3) above, a copy of the sign-in sheet which includes the date, title, and presenter along with the agenda may be submitted to validate participation for purposes of PDH compliance.

(5) In the absence of the above documentation, a summary may be submitted to the Board for review and must include (at a minimum) the following:

(a) Name/Title of the activity;

(b) Date(s) and hours of the activity;

(c) Location of the activity;

(d) Presenter or instructor of the activity;

(e) Written summary of the subject matter:

(A) If the activity is to meet the HSW component, the summary must include key elements which meet HSW related to the practice of landscape architecture.

(B) If the activity is not related to HSW, the summary must identify the benefit of the activity to the registrant’s practice.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 671.415
Stats. Implemented: ORS 671.395
Hist.: LAB 2-2010, f. & cert. ef. 10-19-10

804-025-0035

Auditing of PDH

(1) Each registrant may be audited annually.

(2) Audited registrants are selected randomly each year. All active registrants are subject to being audited each year.

(3) Registrants receiving an audit notification must respond within 21 days with:

(a) The Board approved PDH Documentation Log identifying all PDH activities for the audit period and documentation validating all PDH for which the registrant is seeking credit, including carryover hours; or

(b) proof of exemption from the Continuing Education requirements per OAR 804-025-0010(1),

(4) PDH documentation received from the registrant is reviewed by the Board’s Continuing Education Committee (CEC). If the documentation is incomplete, the audited registrant will have 21 days after such notice to provide additional documentation.

(5) The CEC recommendation will be presented for approval to the Board.

(6) Written notification of the Board’s decision will be issued following the Board meeting in which the PDH is approved.

(7) It is the responsibility of the registrant to identify all PDH on the PDH Documentation Log. Any carryover PDH may be used only in the subsequent compliance period. The letter informing the registrant of approved carryover hours may be submitted without additional documentation if the registrant is selected for audit in subsequent years.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 671.415
Stats. Implemented: ORS 671.395
Hist.: LAB 2-2010, f. & cert. ef. 10-19-10

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