How do I Become a Landscape Architect?

K. Gierok
K. Gierok
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While becoming a landscape architect can be a difficult process, when completed, it can be quite rewarding. In order to become a landscape architect, one must first gain either an undergraduate or graduate degree in an area related to landscape architecture, such as botany or landscaping. While required coursework may be sufficient for some to perfect their skills, others may need some hands-on experience in the field of landscape architecture to become skilled. After completing their education, individuals who hope to become landscape architects may be required to pass the board exam in the region in which they reside. At this point, they can register for licensure in their state.

In order to become a landscape architect, one usually needs to first gain an undergraduate degree. Obtaining good grades during undergraduate work is essential for those who enter this challenging field. Typically, undergraduate degrees that focus on landscaping, botany, or other similar fields are best for those who hope to enter landscape architecture. Those with a different undergraduate degree can still become a landscape architect, however, by obtaining a Master's degree in the field. Working with an adviser or counselor during the college years is essential for those interested in landscape architecture.

Those who wish to become landscape architects must be very familiar with flowers, plants, trees, and other forms of vegetation. While in some cases completing the required coursework may be enough to obtain this information, others may actually need to work with the plants in order to become proficient. In many cases, those who hope to become a landscape architect work as interns during the summer months with landscaping firms in order to gain some knowledge on the ins and outs of the business. Students who prove to be effective often can later gain employment from the same firms.

In order to become a landscape architect, individuals may be required to take and pass the board exam offered by the particular region in which he or she is living. As most regions all have a different exam, students must do some research in order to determine the exact requirements of the jurisdiction in question. Passing the board exam and obtaining at least one year of experience allows individuals to register for licensure in their area. Those who live and work on the border of two jurisdictions may find it beneficial to obtain licensure in both regions in order to maximize their work potential.

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