A survey and several online workshops – open to members, partners, and all practitioners in related professions – will run throughout May

Update: Monday 4 May 2020

The LI Entry Standards Consultation survey is now live. Read the background document here and complete the survey here.

Who is this consultation for?
  • Members of the Landscape Institute
  • Members of other professional bodies in the built and natural environment sectors who would like to share knowledge and foster collaborative working, and/or who might consider LI membership themselves
  • Specialist practitioners in the built and natural environment sector who do not currently hold a professional body membership, and for whom the LI could be a professional home

The LI is developing a new Competency Framework, and wants to hear your views.

As the professional body for the landscape sector, the Institute must continually reflect the sector’s changing needs. It’s our role to help landscape practitioners remain trusted, relevant and successful, today and in the future.

As well as awarding professional recognition to landscape architects, the LI recognises the need to welcome more practitioners who work across the breadth of landscape fields. The new Competency Framework aims to reflect new and emerging areas of practice, helping us attract, include and support professionals from wider and more diverse backgrounds.

Find out more about the history and background of the Competency Framework. (.PDF, 1,723 KB)

Have your say on future entry standards

Throughout May, the Institute will be asking members, partners and practitioners across the sector for their views on the new Framework. Specifically, we want to hear about proposed entry routes for new members.

Survey

An online survey is running until midnight on Sunday 31 May. Complete the survey here.

(For ease of reference, a full PDF version of the survey is also available.)

Virtual workshops

The LI is also holding a series of virtual workshops to gather views on the new Framework.

Using online tools, the facilitator will seek your views, suggestions and feedback to help us shape the Framework for your field of practice, and to ensure that landscape remains a trusted, successful profession.

Workshop dates

  1. Landscape planning – Wednesday 6 May, 10am-12pm
  2. Landscape management – Thursday 7 May,10am-12pm
  3. Science and ecology – Wednesday 13 May, 1pm-3pm
  4. Parks management – Wednesday 13 May, 2pm-4pm
  5. Landscape design – Friday 15 May, 1pm-3pm
  6. Registered practices – Wednesday 20 May, 10am-12pm
  7. Place management – Wednesday 20 May, 1pm-3pm
  8. Digital practice – Friday 22 May, 1pm-3pm
  9. Major practices / multi-disciplinary – Friday 22 May, 2pm-4pm

Attendance is completely free. Please join us and help us ensure the new Framework is as accurate, inclusive and relevant as possible.

Find out more and book here.

FAQ

I am a Chartered Member. Will I need to demonstrate competency against the Framework?

No. There will be no requirement for existing Chartered Members to demonstrate these competencies or to take any assessment.

However, the LI will be mapping future CPD events to the Competency Framework, and asking members to record CPD against the competencies.

I am currently on the LI Pathway to Chartership. How will the Competency Framework affect me?

Following the adoption of this framework in mid 2021, existing Pathway candidates will have at least two years to complete examinations under our existing entry standards as we transition to a new system of entry based on this emerging framework.

During the transition period, we will also be seeking existing Pathway candidates to help us trial any new entry requirements arising from this project.

I am a tutor on an LI accredited course. Will we need to map our courses to the Competency Framework?

The Framework sets out competencies for membership of the LI. Accredited courses provide the core knowledge and understanding needed to achieve these competencies.

There will be no immediate requirement for accredited course providers to make changes. In spring 2021, we intend to undertake a review of the accreditation process in close consultation with SCHOLA and with all accredited schools.

In time, the Competency Framework will replace the Elements and Areas of Practice document. At this stage, accredited courses will need to demonstrate their relevance to the Competencies as they currently do for this document. We will be discussing the timetable for these changes with SCHOLA and the accredited schools.

I am an examiner on the Pathway to Chartership. How will the Competency Framework affect me?

Following the adoption of this framework in mid 2021, existing Pathway candidates will have at least two years to complete examinations under our existing entry standards as we transition to a new system of entry based on this emerging framework.

During the transition period, we will also be seeking existing Pathway candidates and examiners to help us trial any new entry requirements arising from this project. Please get in touch if you would be interested in participating. (Training will of course be provided.)

I am a mentor on the Pathway to Chartership. How will the Competency Framework affect me?

Following the adoption of this framework in mid 2021, any candidate you are mentoring will have at least two years to complete examinations under our existing entry standards as we transition to a new system of entry based on this emerging framework.

During the transition period, we will also be seeking existing Pathway candidates to help us trial any new entry requirements arising from this project. If you are mentoring one of these candidates, we will provide training and support for you prior to these trials commencing.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Is it possible for the survey monkey questions to be provided in a document and made available as it is a very comprehensive consultation document and would be much easier if one knew the questions and could them consider whilst absorbing the document, rather than having to go back and forth whilst in survey monkey.
    Many thanks

  2. Hi,
    The workshops are focused by topic is useful however the latest Vista stated that members should only book onto the most relevant workshop. What about members that require an overview of, and see it necessary to feed into, all of these areas? Recorded workshops would be useful but not the same as attending live events. What is the difference between answering the survey questions and attending the workshops, in terms of influencing the emerging framework? Surely it would be useful for members to engage in open dialogue through the workshops before answering the survey? I also agree with Annie Coombs that it would be useful to have the questions in mind whilst reading the CF documents.
    Many thanks

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