Increasing Regulatory Relevance through New Insights into "Public Welfare"

  • 06 Apr 2100
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The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) has recently commissioned groundbreaking research to define “public welfare,” a lesser understood - but significant - component of the “health, safety, and welfare” licensure standard used as the basis for licensure of the profession of landscape architecture in 50 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces as well as many other professions nationally and internationally.

The study, conducted by Ontario, Canada based ERIN Research, offered a contemporary, global definition of public welfare and identified seven distinct, observable impacts that provide a practical, new framework for understanding the concept and how the practice of landscape architecture uniquely contributes to its advancement. The findings were also an important input to the development of the new Landscape Architect Registration Exam, to be introduced in fall 2012.

These new findings, supplemented by input from regulatory boards, educators, and the profession, have opened an important new dialogue about the profession’s scope of practice and form the basis for a new effort to educate national and local officials about the broader significance of professional regulation. Already the study has been an object of discussion among the registration/professional community in America, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Attendees will gain a greater understanding of the purposes and objectives of the study, its results, impacts on the regulatory community, and how the findings are being utilized to promote effective regulation.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn a practical, new and defensible definition of public welfare.
  • Understand how this definition (and a profession’s impact on it) may serve to strengthen scope of practice, understanding, and regulatory relevance.
  • Gain insights into how landscape architecture regulatory boards are utilizing the research to further their goals.
  • Generate new ideas for leveraging this landmark research through workshop dialogue.

Joel Albizo, Executive Director, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards
Veronica Meadows,
Director of Communications, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards

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