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The BC Society of Landscape Architects regulates the profession of landscape architecture in BC according to the provincial Architects (Landscape) Act. The Society promotes Continuing Education and high standards of professional practice in order to assure the health, safety and welfare of the public in British Columbia.

The Road to Registration details the licensure process for North American candidates.

The Bridge to Registration details the process for Internationally Trained Professional licensure candidates.

Labour Mobility

In Canada, the profession of landscape architecture is regulated in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia. The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) and BCSLA have had a reciprocity agreement since 1995, which assures easy mobility of Landscape Architects between Ontario and British Columbia. Membership candidates moving from a non-regulated province or from outside of Canada will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. BCSLA is working with OALA and the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects to align membership categories and entry standards with a view to establishing a template to establish labour mobility across Canada, even where the profession is not regulated. The Labour Mobility Coordinating Group has reviewed the reciprocity agreement and believes Landscape Architects have demonstrated excellent progress toward meeting labour mobility obligations.

Work BC provides a comprehensive description of close to 200 occupations as they relate directly to the BC labour market.

Working in Canada is a comprehensive source of information on regulated trades and professions in Canada. It contains information on entry requirements in both official languages and is the only site designed primarily for professional or trades people moving within Canada. It also provides information for persons considering immigration to Canada.

International Credentials Evaluation Service (ICES) evaluates formal for-credit educational programs of study for people who have studied in other provinces or countries and determines comparable levels in British Columbian and Canadian terms. Membership applicants are responsible for payment in full of all fees, including investigation fees for an extra-jurisdictional review, admission fees and other reasonable assessments. Download the BCSLA ICES Evaluation Requirements.

The purpose of the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) is to provide information about an individual's competency in English. This information is used primarily by post-secondary institutions and professional organizations.

Immigrant Service Society (ISS) of BC's Language College is pleased to announce a program for international architects and landscape architects. The free English Language Training classes would be appropriate for both landscape and building architects. Its focus is on clear professional communication, both verbal and written, in order that the professional can negotiate contracts, write useful professional reports, and otherwise operate at a high level of English. Examples used in the courses include green roofs and LEED, and students will be encouraged to bring their own expertise and stories to the class.

Licensure Self-Assessment Tool

Are you ready to apply for BCSLA registration? Go to the on-line Licensure Self-Assessment Tool.

Internationally Trained Professionals

Internationally Trained Professionals should download and review the documents in the Internationally Trained Professionals section.


 2015 CSLA Canadian Landscape Architect Compensation and Benefits Study

Download a copy of the Study

2012 BCSLA Professional Practice Survey Report 

Download the 2012 BCSLA Professional Practice Survey Report

2012 BCSLA Strategic Initiatives

Download the 2012 BCSLA Strategic Initiatives

2007 BCSLA Workplace Survey

Download the 2007 BCSLA Workplace Survey

Useful Links

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Project: VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
Landscape Architect / Firm: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Brett Hitchins