Technical authors and focus groups will help develop new entry standards to future-proof the landscape profession

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The Landscape Institute (LI) has reported on the findings of its first consultation into a new competency-based framework for landscape professionals.

Earlier this year, members shared their views on the proposed new competencies. Responses reflected a diverse range of landscape specialisms from both the public and private sector.

See a summary report of the findings.

Members showed broad support for the general structure of the framework and the three types of competency proposed (professional, landscape and specialist). Respondents also supported the four proposed levels of competency, though it was observed that the levels need further definition. Respondents also noted that the framework needed to focus more on creativity, visual communication and community engagement.

The LI staff team has since engaged with the LI’s Education and Membership Committee, Board of Trustees and, most recently, Advisory Council to determine the appropriate next steps.

Call for expert technical authors and focus group members

The next stage of this vital area of work is to appoint consultants with demonstrable technical expertise in one or more of the proposed competency areas to help draft the framework in full.

Technical authors will be paid for their time. Applications are now open at

We are also seeking voluntary focus group participants to help us shape the different competencies as they take form. If you are interested, please email, indicating which competency area(s) you would be interested in helping to develop.

See the current draft list of competencies here.

More about the LI entry standards review

For more information on the LI’s development of a competency-based framework for landscape professionals, and how this affects you, see our FAQ page.


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