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Intern Membership

Before becoming a Full Member of the Association and being entitled to all privileges of full membership, including the use of the title ‘landscape architect’ in Ontario, applicants must first become an Intern Member, and complete the Professional Development Program (PDP).                                                                                                           NOTE:  This OALA Membership Category was formerly called 'Associate Membership'.  The title changed with the OALA bylaw update in April 2024.

The PDP consists of three components that can be done simultaneously.

  1. Experience Reports with an Advisor
    Once an Intern application is approved, the individual will be given a mandatory PDP experience period to complete before they can apply for full membership (24-72 months). The Intern’s advisor will approve each report and will also provide a mid and final assessment to complete this requirement.
  2. Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.)
    Successful completion of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) is required for licensure as a landscape architect. Three passed sections allow the Intern to apply for full membership with certificate. Four passed exams also grant the custody of the Association seal.
  3. Independent Course of Study (ICS)
    All Interns complete the independent course of study. Interns are expected to work with their Advisor to confirm their reading list, provide updates on progress with each experience report and read all of the required readings.

Apply for Intern Membership

If you have completed a Bachelor or Master degree in landscape architecture – Persons who possess a bachelor or master of landscape architecture degree from an institution recognized by OALA are eligible to apply for Intern status immediately upon graduation. To learn more about recognized degrees and education requirements, please review page 6 of Section 7.2 of the OALA Handbook: Education Requirements.

If you have completed other education – Persons who possess other related degrees and diplomas, and who have a minimum of four (4) years of relevant professional landscape architectural experience (post-graduation from the related degree), are eligible to apply for Intern status.

To apply for Intern membership, candidates must complete the following:

  1. Submit an application online through their user dashboard with the required documentation and fees as outlined on the application form.

For those applying without an accredited MLA/BLA: You must submit a report that outlines your landscape architecture experience gained over the 4+ years. Applicants may refer to the PDP Summary Experience Chart in the OALA Handbook to see the list of experience areas the Board will assess.

Note: If an application for Intern membership is submitted in the same year as graduation from the university, the $70 +HST ($79.10) application fee is waived. OALA membership dues are payable by all members.

  1. Have the endorsement of one OALA Full Member
  2. Have current employment in the field.
  3. Have an advisor who is a Full Member of OALA (with a minimum 4 years as a full member).
    Note: Your advisor may also sign as an endorser on the application.

Candidates who meet these eligibility requirements will be accepted by the Association as Intern members and will be assigned a minimum two-year period in the OALA’s Professional Development Program (PDP).

Process for Application

Applications for the June Examining Board meeting are due June 3, 2024.  

To begin the application process, please sign up for an OALA member account.

All applications are reviewed by the Examining Board which meets six times per year in January, March, May, June, September and November.

Suggestions for your Search for an Advisor

Some applicants have asked how to find an advisor. Here are a few suggestions.

Basics – what does the advisor do? Your advisor will support you during your PDP to ensure you gain experience in the main areas of landscape architecture for Ontario. In addition, your advisor will ensure you are aware of local regulations to ensure your designs will ensure the safety and welfare of the public.

Advisor requirements: Your advisor must be an OALA Full Member with a minimum of four (4) years’ experience as a full member.

Suggestions to find an Advisor

  1. Check in your workplace for Full Members of OALA.
  2. Check the OALA job board. We list new opportunities on an ongoing basis. These firms normally have landscape architects working there – and many are eligible to act as advisors.
  3. Contact OALA Full Members who are doing work that interests you. Use our Member Directory to search by member name or firm.
  4. Attend OALA or other professional social or educational events.

If you need support finding an advisor, please submit the information above to the OALA Registrar by email: [email protected]