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The Ohio Architects Board and the Ohio Landscape Architects Board are responsible for the regulation of the practices of architecture and landscape architecture in the State of Ohio. There are two boards, with one budget and one staff. The Ohio Architects Board was established in 1929 and the Ohio Landscape Architects Board was established in 1965.


The regulation of the two professions includes: issuing and renewing the licenses of properly qualified individuals; investigating complaints against licensees; monitoring compliance with mandatory continuing education requirements; and educating licensees and the consumers of the services provided by the board's licensees on the laws and rules that govern the practice of architecture and landscape architecture in Ohio and the board's role to promote and protect the health of the citizens of Ohio through effective regulation of the professions.

Important News and Announcements
Comment Period Open for Landscape Architect Rules - Friday, July 18, 2014

The following information is being provided pursuant to the requirements of Executive Order 2011-01K and Senate Bill 2 of the 129th General Assembly, which require state agencies, including the Ohio Landscape Architects Board, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify an adverse impact on the business community (as defined by S.B. 2), and provide an opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules.

 

The rules being reviewed govern the practice of landscape architecture. The rules are being proposed as a result of SB 68, HB 488, and Five Year Rule Review:

4703:1-1-01 Definitions: The definition of contact hour is removed, as it is duplicated in the continuing education rule. “Emeritus Landscape Architect” is added to the definitions per SB 68.

4703:1-1-02 Applications. Typographical errors are corrected. Section (C) (2) is removed as it is duplicated elsewhere in the rules.

4703:1-1-04 Renewal; restoration. Renewal dates changes from October 31 of odd years to December 31 of even years, pursuant to SB 68.

4703:1-1-06 Continuing education.

·       List of recognized providers is updated.

·       A definition of “qualified structured educational activity” is added.

·       Carry-over of “excess hours” is eliminated. The Board has found during compliance audits that carry-over is widely misinterpreted. This results in non-compliance with the regulation. In addition, the annual meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects will now fall into a single renewal period. Previously, it often overlapped two renewal periods and caused issues when attempting to carry-over.

·       The exemption for military service now references the new rule on military licensing.

·       An exemption is added for Emeritus.

·       A confusing and unnecessary section on the CE requirements for reciprocal registrants is eliminated.

·       Approved methods of fulfilling the CE requirement changes, and only structured courses will be allowed. The multiple methods previously allowed were widely misinterpreted, and as a result, often disallowed.

·       Several policies are aligned with those of the Architects Board, which has found that their simplified rules have made compliance easier for architects.

·       The makeup period for disallowed activities is changed from ninety to sixty days. More time is unnecessary as there are more free courses online for landscape architects than when the rule was first written.

4703:1-2-01 Requirements for registration by examination. Exam retake policy is deleted, as the scheduling of exams is now governed by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.

4703:1-2-02 Registration by reciprocity. Policy on personal appearance is duplicated elsewhere in the chapter.

4703:1-3-04 Code of conduct. No changes are proposed.

4703:1-3-06 Resident landscape architect required. No changes are proposed.

4703:1-4-01 Definitions (personal confidential information) The Board’s name is updated, per SB 68.

 

You can view the proposed rules, along with the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) instrument, here.

If you wish to comment on the proposed rule or the BIA, please send your comments to Amy Kobe at amy.kobe@arla.state.oh.us at the Ohio Landscape Architects Board and the Common Sense Initiative Office at CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov no later than August 1, 2014.

 
Comment Period Now Open for Architect Rules - Friday, July 18, 2014

The following information is being provided pursuant to the requirements of Executive Order 2011-01K and Senate Bill 2 of the 129th General Assembly, which require state agencies, including the Ohio Architects Board, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify an adverse impact on the business community (as defined by S.B. 2), and provide an opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules.

 

The rules being reviewed govern the practice of architecture. The rules are being proposed as a result of SB 68, HB 488, and Five Year Rule Review:

  • 4703-1-01      Definitions. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-1-02      Applications. Five year rule review, no changes
  • 4703-1-03     Certificates. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-1-04     Fees. Fees made obsolete as a result of SB 68 are eliminated.
  • 4703-2-01     Examination. Five year rule review. Policy updates due to changes in National Council of Architectural Registration Boards policy.
  • 4703-2-02     Examination admission requirements. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-2-03     Educational requirements and credits. Five year rule review, Policy updates due to changes in National Council of Architectural Registration Boards policy.
  • 4703-2-04     Training requirements. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-2-05    Reciprocity.  Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-2-06     Program providing for reimbursement of IDP enrollment fees. Five year rule review, Clarification of application procedures.
  • 4703-2-07     Continuing education. HB 488 update to exemptions for military personnel/spouses.
  • 4703-3-01     Seal requirements. Five year rule review; update to align policy with building department requirements.
  • 4703-3-03     Firm names. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-3-04     Branch offices. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-3-05     Interstate practice. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-3-06     Injunctions. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-3-08     Professional responsibility. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-3-09     Written contract. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-3-10     Authorship and control. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-3-12     Design build. Five year rule review, no changes.
  • 4703-3-13     Communication: prohibition of improper contacts. Five year rule review, no changes.

 

You can view the proposed rules, along with the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) instrument, here.

 

If you wish to comment on the proposed rule or the BIA, please send your comments to Amy Kobe at amy.kobe@arla.state.oh.us at the Ohio Landscape Architects Board and the Common Sense Initiative Office at CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov no later than August 1, 2014.

  
New Rules Governing Military Licensing Now in Effect - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New rules governing military licensing for Architects and Landscape Architects in the state of Ohio went into effect as of July 7, 2014. To access the updated rules, please visit the Laws and Rules section of this website. The Landscape Architect rule is number 4703:1-1-07 and the Architects rule is 4703-2-08.

 
Monica Green Appointed to Architects Board - Friday, June 06, 2014

Architect Monica Green, FAIA, Moreland Hills, has been appointed to the Ohio Architects Board by Governor John Kasich to a term expiring 10/2/2018. Green, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University, is a Principal, Specifications Writer & Sustainability Consultant with Westlake Reed Leskosky, Cleveland. Her CV is here.

 

 
Board Meeting Date Changed - Monday, June 02, 2014

Due to the necessity of a quorum, the Ohio Architects Board meeting has been changed to Monday, June 2. The meeting will take place at 2 pm in the Board Room on the 31st Floor of the Riffe Center, 77 S. High St, 16th Fl, Columbus OH. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

 
June 30 Deadline to Renew Firm Certificate of Authorization - Friday, May 02, 2014

Renewal applications are now available on the Forms page of this website for the 2014 - 2015 Firm Certificate of Authorization to practice Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or both professions, in the state of Ohio.

The renewal fee is $100 for the professions of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Firms offering both services must pay $200.

The deadline to renew is June 30, 2014. All applications must be postmarked by June 30. As there is no grace period for late applications, a new application and fee of $125 is required after June 30.

Upon approval of the completed application, the 2014 - 2015 Firm Certificate of Authorization will be sent via United States Postal Service to the address listed on the application.

If your firm is no longer doing business in the state of Ohio, and you do not wish to renew the firm’s Certificate of Authorization, you must notify the Board in writing. You may send an email to chad.holland@arla.state.oh.us to notify the Board. 

Should you have any questions about the firm ownership requirements, please feel free to contact Amy Kobe by phone at 614-466-1327 via email at amy.kobe@arla.state.oh.us or Chad Holland at 614-466-1476 or via email at chad.holland@arla.state.oh.us

For payment, processing, or certificate mailing questions, please call Stephanie Happ at 614-466-2316 or via email at stephanie.happ@arla.state.oh.us

 
Landscape Architect Licenses Valid through December 31, 2016 - Friday, February 21, 2014

Senate Bill 68, 130th General Assembly, made changes to Ohio’s laws and rules governing the practice of landscape architecture. A copy of SB 68 is available here.

Notable changes are:

The name of the board changed from the Ohio Board of Landscape Architect Examiners to the Ohio Landscape Architects Board.

The renewal period has changed from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years. This means current licenses will expire in 2016, instead of 2015.

The renewal date is changing from October 31 to December 31. A current license will expire on December 31, 2016, instead of October 31, 2015.

There will be no additional fees for the extra 14 months the license will be valid.

The Continuing Education requirement will be unchanged during this extended renewal period. Licensees will still be required to earn 24 hours of CE (including 16 Health, Safety and Welfare hours.) 
ARE Update: Exams taken before 2006 expiring soon - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

This July marks the fifth year since the June 2009 update to the Rolling Clock, which means that any divisions passed before 1 January 2006 will begin to expire unless a candidate has passed all divisions of the ARE by 1 July 2014.

Act Now and Complete Your ARE
If you have ARE 4.0 division credits that will expire 1 July 2014, act now by planning and preparing to complete the ARE. Develop a plan to complete each outstanding division before your previous credits expire.

How do I know when my divisions or division credits will expire?
Log on to My NCARB and review your Rolling Clock history in My Examination. Any examination taken after 1996—the start of computer-based testing—is visible within My Examination and identifies the date the division or division credit will expire. Exams taken prior to computer-based testing are not tracked within My Examination. You will need to contact your board directly for information regarding your paper and pencil divisions.

What if I can’t see the Rolling Clock in My Examination?
The jurisdictions of Texas, Tennessee, Manitoba, and New Brunswick have their own independent rolling clock policies and therefore do not use the NCARB Rolling Clock. If you are a candidate within one of these jurisdictions, you will need to contact your board directly for information regarding your current rolling clock status.

What if I completed divisions prior to computer-based testing?
Those exam divisions or any ARE 4.0 credit built from one of those divisions will expire 1 July 2014. If you have kept your exam eligibilities active since 1996, your My Examination will correctly reflect the remaining divisions you must complete prior to 1 July 2014. To view these open eligibilities, go to the “Schedule” portion of My Examination.

What do I do if my previous eligibilities have lapsed?
You will need to contact your registration board (or NCARB if your board participates in the Direct Registration program) to have your eligibilities reopened under the Board’s now current policies.

Why was the Rolling Clock originally enacted?
Prior to 2006, several jurisdictions had some form of a rolling clock in place, but there was no uniform standard. Member Boards decided that requiring the exam to be passed within a reasonable period better ensures that the ARE remains a valid measure of the level of competence necessary to independently practice architecture. A uniform standard also helped facilitate reciprocity among jurisdictions.

Questions?
Call NCARB Customer Service at 202-879-0520 or send an e-mail to customerservice@ncarb.org.

 
Looking for an ARE Study Course? - Monday, January 27, 2014
Are you an ARE candidate looking for a study course? Various Ohio components of the American Institute of Architects offer low cost study courses. These classes are open to both members and non-members. For a complete 2014 schedule, please visit the AIA Ohio website here: 2014 ARE Study Calendar. Then contact the appropriate AIA component to sign up! 
NCARB Board Approves Changes to Intern Development Program (IDP) - Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Two changes to the architect’s Intern Development Program (IDP) go into effect December 16, 2013.

The changes are related to the employment duration requirement and eligibility requirement. Notably, the removal of the duration requirement will allow interns to earn IDP experience regardless of a project’s duration; and the eligibility requirement is being simplified to allow interns to begin earning credit upon graduation from high school.

Beginning December 16, 2013, the requirement for interns to work for a minimum of 15 hours per week for eight consecutive weeks to earn experience toward the IDP is eliminated. The elimination of this requirement recognizes that all experience gained through one of the experience settings is valid regardless of the time spent working on a project. The change will allow interns to earn work experience for short-term projects and/or experience obtained over a winter or summer break while in school.

After December 16, interns will simply need to obtain a high school diploma or equivalent to begin IDP. There are currently three points of entry to begin earning IDP experience: enrollment in a NAAB/CACB-accredited program, enrollment in a pre-professional architecture degree program, or employment in experience setting A after obtaining a high school diploma. Interns will now be able to earn experience straight out of high school. This also eliminates a burdensome paperwork requirement for firms and universities.

 
AIA Ohio C.A.R.E.S. (Catalyst for Architectural Registration Exam Scholarship) Prog - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

AIA Ohio has created the AIA Ohio C.A.R.E.S. (Catalyst for Architectural Registration Exam Scholarship) program  to reimburse economically challenged exam candidates for costs associated with taking and successfully passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). 

These costs may include testing fees, study materials, etc.  All Ohio residents actively taking the ARE  are eligible.  Each applicant is eligible for one grant for one division of ARE passed per calendar year.

The goal of the program is to encourage candidates experiencing financial hardship to continue to pursue registration.  Applicants are required to complete the application in its entirety.

AIA Ohio Associate members are eligible for a $200 grant. All other applicants are eligible for a $100 grant.

This program has limited funding. Scholarships will be evaluated in the order received and awarded until the available funds are exhausted.

Click here for the online CARES Application

 

Amy Kobe, Hon AIA  Executive Director
77 S. High Street, 16th Floor • Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Tel: (614) 466-2316