By the Division of Professional Licensure

3.01: Scheduling and Conduct of Meetings

(1) Regular meetings of the Board, as required by M.G.L. c. 13, § 68, shall be held twice each year, and shall be scheduled for the first Monday of June and of November.

The election of a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and a Secretary shall be the first order of business at the Regular Meeting of the Board in November.

(2) Special Meetings of the Board shall be scheduled at the discretion of the Board, with not less than two weeks advance notice.

(3) A Regular Meeting may be adjourned and continued at a later date, but may not be cancelled. A Special Meeting may be adjourned and continued at a later date or may be cancelled, but such cancellation may not be made later than one week before the scheduled date of the meeting.

(4) All meetings of the Board shall be open to the public, except that the Board may sit in executive session from which the public is excluded during its consideration of the qualifications of individual candidates for registration, and at such times as are permitted by the laws of the Commonwealth and are deemed advisable by the Board.

(5) Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of business at meetings of the Board.

(6) Requests for Appointments shall be filed at the office of the Board not less than seven days prior to a scheduled regular or special meeting.

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3.02: Filing of Applications

(1) No member of the Board, during his tenure, shall permit his name to be used as a reference in connection with the filing of an application for registration as a Landscape Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

(2) Applications for registration as a Landscape Architect will be received at any time during the regular business hours and shall be mailed or delivered to:

The Board of Registration of Landscape Architects
Room 1514, State Office Building
100 Cambridge Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02202.

Only those persons whose applications are received by the Board on or before September 1, prior to the scheduled date of an examination shall be considered eligible to take that examination.

(3) No application will be considered complete unless accompanied by the required fees, nor until all required supporting documents have been received by the Board.

Application fees will not be refunded for any cause.

(4) When deemed by the Board necessary to demonstrate the applicant's eligibility under the section of the law upon which the application is based, each applicant shall submit in support of his formal application, authentic proof of the statements made therein, by attaching documentary evidence, affidavits,registrar's statements, diplomas, published data, photographs, or other sworn or proven evidence.

(5) The Board reserves the right to retain, as a permanent part of the application, any or all documents submitted, which shall be properly marked for identification and ownership. Original documents may be replaced by photocopies of such documents, however, at the request and expense of the applicant.

(6) Personal appearance before the Board, if required, shall be at the time and place designated by the Board, and shall be at the applicants expense.

(7) Failure, within 60 days from the date of written request from the Board, to provide additional evidence or information, or to appear before the Board when such appearance is deemed necessary by the Board, may be considered as just and sufficient cause for disapproval of the application.

(8) In consideration of applications for registration under M.G.L. c. 112, § 104, the Board reserves the right to require the applicant:

(a) to qualify by passing the regular written examination;
(b) to submit a satisfactory examination record from another state;
(c) and/or to pass such additional examination as, in the opinion of the Board, may be necessary to bring the applicant's qualifications up to the existing requirements of the Board.

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3.03: Processing of Applications

(1) Each application shall be considered separately by the Board and shall be approved or rejected individually on a roll call vote. The affirmative vote of at least three of the five Board Members shall be required for approval or rejection of each application.

(2) The action of the Board shall be recorded both in the minutes of the meeting and upon the fact of the application, and the applicant shall be notified of the Boards' action promptly.

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3.04: Administrative Rules

(1) For the purpose of certifying plans, specifications, and reports, the seal referred to in M.G.L. c. 112, § 100 may be either a metal embossing device or a rubber stamp, but shall be of the size and design authorized by the Board and illustrated in the facsimile following:

Each registered Landscape Architect, upon receipt of his seal, shall stamp or emboss it upon two sheets of his letterhead and send the impression to the Board as evidence that he as complied with the requirement of acquiring a seal and that his seal conforms to the design authorized by the Board.

(2) 242 CMR 3.00, or any part of them, may be amended or rescinded only upon the affirmative vote of at least four-fifths of the Board Members.

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3.05: Definitions

(1) The terms "Landscape Architect", "Landscape Architecture," and the "Board" shall be as defined in M.G.L. c. 112, § 98.

(2) "Evidence" shall be understood to mean acceptable and usable documentation required or submitted for consideration of the Board, and may include drawings, specifications, photographs, news items, advertisements, letters, listings, diplomas, awards, certificates, contracts, agreements, letterhead, invoices, signs, rental agreements, and certified personal statements. Each item of evidence shall be clearly marked to insure positive identification. It shall be the entire responsibility of the applicant to satisfy the Board as to the sufficiency of the Evidence.

(3) "Practice" shall be understood to mean the continuous rendering of Landscape Architectural services, as hereinbefore defined, as the principal occupation of the applicant. Ample proof of professional responsibility shall be part of the evidence necessary to establish a record of professional practice.

(4) "Experience" shall be understood to mean employment in the practice of Landscape Architecture, as hereinbefore defined, under the direct supervision of a qualified individual registered and licensed to practice Landscape Architecture when so required by the laws of the state or country in which the work has been performed. Training, practice, and knowledge in allied fields (Architecture, Engineering, Horticulture, or Planning) may be submitted for evaluation by the Board, which may consider such related experience germane to the qualifications of the applicant as a Landscape Architect.

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3.06: Rules Relating to Examinations

(1) Content. Content of each examination shall be determined by the Board, which shall notify qualified applicants prior to the examination.

(2) Equipment. Each candidate reporting for examination shall bring only the equipment specified by the Board prior to the examination.

(3) Grading. Each examination will be graded on a basis of 100 points. A grade of 75% will be required on each section of the examination.

(4) Retaking Failed Examination. Each candidate may take the licensing examination or sections thereof a total of three times during three consecutive examination administrations. A license will be granted by the Board when a candidate has accumulated a passing score in all required sections over the three consecutive examination administrations. If a candidate does not accumulate a passing score in all required sections over the three consecutive examination administrations, the candidate must retake all sections of the examination.

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3.07: Qualifications of Applicants

In reference to M.G.L. c. 112, § 101(c), the Board shall not consider acceptable as practical experience:

(a) experience gained as a student;
(b) experience gained while employed by an office less than six continuous months of full time employment;
(c) experience gained other than under the direct supervision of a Registered Landscape Architect.

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REGULATORY AUTHORITY
242 CMR 3.00: M.G.L. c. 112, § 102.