Landscape Architect Certificate, Diploma and Certification Programs
Although diplomas in landscape architecture are not available, individuals may enroll in graduate certificate programs. These one-semester certificate programs are offered as an additional credential for those who have already earned a master's degree in architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, building science or urban studies.
The graduate certificate program in landscape architecture provides graduate students an introduction to designing landscapes. Students learn how to create a recreational outdoor area. They study which plant materials are most suitable to urban environments, which transportation systems are best used in rural areas and how to build landscapes around human settlements. Most certificate programs in landscape architecture are taught in the classroom, but they often include fieldwork in either rural or urban outdoor settings.
- Prerequisites: Master's degree
- Program Length: One semester
- Other Requirements: Fieldwork
Landscape Architect Certificate Programs
A landscape architecture certificate is generally available to those already pursuing or in possession of a master's degree. Most landscape architecture certificate programs are available on campus, and take one semester to complete. Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program in landscape architecture study the various attributes of natural and man-made landscapes. Coursework may include the following subjects:
- Plant ecology
- Urban landscape case studies
- History of landscape architecture
- Regional landscape analysis
- Landscape architecture construction methods
- Comparative theories in landscape architecture
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
Landscape architects held about 20,100 jobs in the United States in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of these, about 20% were self-employed, while about 46% worked for architecture or engineering firms. Jobs for landscape architects are expected to increase by about 14% between 2012 and 2022, which is as fast as the national average. This increase is due to the growing demand for aesthetically pleasing outdoor spaces in urban areas. The median wages for landscape architects in 2014 were about $64,570 per year, according to the BLS.
Nearly every state requires that landscape architects gain licensure or professional certification before being allowed to practice their craft. In order to achieve licensure, individuals must take the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE), which is offered by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. The examination consists of a multiple choice section and a portion focusing on graphics. Most states require that individuals earn a degree in landscape architecture and work under a licensed landscape architect for 1-4 years before being allowed to sit for the LARE.