Alphabet Soup

Leave it to the professionals. But, how do we know who is a professional?

landscape arch profession, planning profession, green rating systems


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Planners, architects, and landscape architects play an integral role in the design and construction of the built environment, so certifying their competency is necessary to make sure everyone can comfortably exist without the fear of toppling buildings, noxious fumes, or flash flooding. Regulating professions by requiring licensure is intended to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. But, what do all these letters mean?

AIA: American Institute of Architects
FAIA: American Institute of Architects College of Fellows
RA: Registered Architect
ASLA: American Society of Landscape Architects
FASLA: American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows
RLA: Registered Landscape Architect
AICP: American Institute of Certified Planners
PP: Professional Planner (New Jersey)
LEED AP: Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional

Professionals in these regulated fields must meet minimum education and experience requirements before taking a series of exams to become registered professionals. Following licensure, registration or certification, most states require continuing education to make sure everyone stays on top of their game. Take a look at the WRT people page to put a name and face with these professional designations.