Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE)

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In an effort to facilitate the new mandatory continuing education program for New York State (NYS) registered landscape architects, NYSCLA is offering the following schedule of courses that are believed to be acceptable to the State Education Department for continuing education (CE) credit.

The New York State Education Law and the Commissioner's Regulations governing the practice of landscape architecture are available for review on the web at the NYS Education Department's Office of the Professions.

To be acceptable for New York State continuing education, the courses or educational activities you take must meet all three of these basic criteria:

  1. They must be administered by an approved NYS sponsor (provider), and
  2. They must be in an acceptable subject area, and
  3. They must be given in an approved format (either a course or educational activity)

Additionally, the courses or educational activities must contribute to the professional practice of landscape architecture; as such practice is defined in the NYS Education Law, Section 7321.

You should always verify prior to signing up for a course or education activity and when you arrive to take a course, that the course or education activity does indeed provide the needed NYS CE credit.

Providers already approved within the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) meet one of the criteria noted above, as AIA/CES is an entity authorized to approve providers. However, courses or educational activities taken through the AIA/CES provider program must also be in an acceptable subject area and given in an approved format in order to be acceptable to the NYS Education Department.

The C2Ed program administered by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), SUNY's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Cornell University's Department of Landscape Architecture, and CCNY's Program in Landscape Architecture are approved providers of continuing education in New York State.

Always check with the provider to be sure that the course will meet SED requirements for CE credit for Landscape Architects.

NOTE: Regarding courses offered by manufacturers and representative of other products, there are now strict guidelines as to the course content and the degree to which 'sales' activity is part of the course presentation. Some of these providers are aware of the new guidelines, some are not.Courses are intended to be non-proprietary in nature. Courses that serve as a "marketing pitch" for a manufacturer will not be approved for NYS CE credit. For example, a manufacturer's Power Point presentation may only include their company name/logo on the first and last slide of a presentation. If you are not sure if the course or educational activity being offered will be acceptable, contact the NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions at:

NYS Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Landscape Architecture
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000
Phone: 518-474-3817 ext. 110
Fax: 518-486-2981
Robert Lopez, RA, Executive Secretary

Upcoming Courses

NOTE: These courses are listed as a service to distribute information.  NYSCLA is not a sponsor nor endorses these events. Course providers are responsible for the verification of NYSED credit approval, distribution of course completion certificates and record retention in compliance with NYSED rules and regulations.


February 2016

Course: gibneyCE
Date: Anytime - Year Round
Where: Online
Presented By: Qualified Instructors - LA
Description: The programs are designed to offer continuing education opportunities to landscape architects and related fields looking to improve their knowledge and skills while fulfilling professional CE requirements to maintain valid registration / certification.
More Info:
Link To Website

April 2016

Course: Natural Connections: Letchworth State Park
Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Where: Letchworth State Park 8:30 to 3pm
Presented By: NY Upstate Chapter
Description: Cultural History of Letchworth State Park; Gibson Stream Restoration Project; Foot Trail Design, Construction Maintenance; Tour
More Info: 3 credits of CEU
Link To Website

July 2016

Course: 2015 SE NY Stormwater Conference (Oct. 14, 2015) Call for Presentations
Date: Deadline July 20, 2015 for presentation proposals (hold the date for conf)
Where: Dutchess Manor in Beacon NY
Presented By: Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts
Description: a full day conference offering approved CEUs (TBD) on stormwater, green infrastructure, sediment & erosion control, riparian restoration topics for LAs; submit your proposal for a presentation by July 20 via email
More Info: submit questions and proposals to: Michael Jastremski at:

October 2016

Course: AIANYS Saratoga Design Conference
Date: October 22nd to October 25th 2015
Where: Saratoga, NY
Presented By: AIA NYS
Description: Education Seminars, Tours, Trade Show, Reception and Awards Dinner.
More Info: Link To Website Course Information

November 2016

Course: ASLA National Convention
Date: November 6th to November 9th 2015
Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
Description: The largest gathering of landscape architect professional and students in the world!
More Info: Please see the website of the American Society of Landscape Architects:
Link To Website
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