What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental system of self-regulation. At its core is the concept of on-going self assessment and improvement. The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Council (LAAC) typically conducts evaluations of university programs on a six-year cycle to determine compliance with its published minimum standards and the programs own stated objectives. Any program leading to a first professional degree at the bachelor’s or master’s level in Canada is eligible to apply for accreditation from LAAC.
Prior to their scheduled re-accreditation reviews, programs are required to conduct self-evaluation studies to assess how well they are meeting their stated educational goals and LAAC standards. LAAC then assigns a Visiting Evaluation Team to undertake an independent assessment and make a recommendation to the Council. The LAAC reviews the Visiting Team Report and issues a final accreditation decision. Programs are also required to submit annual reports noting all significant changes and developments for LAAC review.
About the CSLA's Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC)
The LAAC is the body of the Society responsible for accrediting professional university undergraduate and graduate degree programs in landscape architecture in Canada. It is responsible for: appointing teams to undertake accreditation; recruiting and training accreditation team members; reviewing and approving accreditation reports; reviewing and approving annual reports from universities; advising the Board of its decisions; periodically reviewing applicable accreditation standards and procedures, and maintaining contact with the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board and other accrediting bodies to ensure consistency of standards.
Fees (as of March 2019)
Annual Sustaining Fee for each Accredited Program: $2,000
New Program Initial Visit Fee: $5,700
Candidacy Status Application and Initial Visit Fee: $600
Candidacy Status Annual Sustaining Fee: $1,250
Interim or Early Visit Fee: $1,850
Delay of Visit Fee: $1,850
Heather Cram MALA, FCSLA
Bernard Saint-Denis, AAPQ, CSLA
Trevor McIntyre, OALA, FCSLA
Ian Wasson, BCSLA, FCSLA
Jean Trottier, MALA, CSLA
Barbara Myers, MCIP, RPP
Accreditation Council Policies, Manual and Forms
Establishment Dates of Canada's Landscape Architecture Programs
University of Guelph BLA
University of Toronto
Université de Montréal BLA
University of Manitoba MLA
University of Guelph MLA
University of British Columbia BLA
University of British Columbia MLA (BLA phased out)
University of Toronto MLA (BLA phased out)
Université de Montréal BLA (Re-structured and accreditation discontinued)
Université de Montréal MLA
University of Calgary MLA