State Representative Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that his legislation streamlining licensing for architects and landscape architects passed the Ohio Senate and will soon be signed into law.

The legislation, House Bill 243, will align Ohio’s continuing education (CE) requirements for the two professions with national trends.

The current law as written has led some applicants to try to use irrelevant activities to qualify for continuing education credit. “Some of the more colorful examples have included membership in a neighborhood association, taking real estate courses, and teaching a college course on 19th century British literature,” Schaffer said. “While these activities weren’t ultimately approved for credit by the board, we want to give these professionals clear standards that more clearly define CE activities that are ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the public and the profession.”

It is reported that boards using this model have seen a dramatic decrease in non-compliant CE submissions and decreases in fines and discipline. Schaffer also noted that because many in the two professions are licensed in multiple states, aligning with national trends will make it easier for architects and landscape architects to work in the state.

“This legislation is designed to create an economic climate that encourages architects and landscape architects to practice in Ohio.” Schaffer added.

The legislation passed the Ohio Senate by a unanimous vote of 33-0 and is expected to be signed by Governor Kasich.


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