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Landscape Architectural Technologist

Landscape architectural technologists assist landscape architects, architects, engineers and other professional designers and planners in designing and developing outside and inside environments.

  • Avg. Salary $44,721.00
  • Avg. Wage $25.48
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Landscape Designers and Landscape Architectural Technicians and Technologists (2225.4) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Landscape and Horticultural Technicians and Specialists (C125) 
  • 2011 NOC: Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists (2225) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

29%
29%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Landscape Architectural Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Landscape Designers and Landscape Architectural Technicians and Technologists
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to survey sites and to prepare drawings and sketches

METHODICAL

Interest in analyzing information to assess site data and prepare reports

DIRECTIVE

Interest in assisting landscape architects in designing landscaped environments

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Landscape architectural technologists primarily are involved in the technical aspects of planning, designing and developing:

  • residential landscapes and private gardens
  • institutional and commercial properties
  • rehabilitation of naturalized areas 
  • public parks
  • storm water retention ponds
  • multi-family residential projects
  • new communities or subdivisions
  • resorts and entertainment facilities
  • interior courtyard spaces in residential, commercial and institutional buildings.

Duties vary from one position to another but, in general, landscape architectural technologists:

  • draft plans
  • prepare graphic presentation drawings and perspectives
  • prepare computer-assisted technical drawings
  • assist in compiling site analysis information
  • construct models
  • draft construction-drawing packages that include grading, planting, irrigation, layout and preparation details
  • estimate project costs
  • inspect construction
  • write contracts
  • assemble specifications
  • help select plant materials, hard surface materials, site furnishings, play equipment and outdoor lighting
  • consult with clients and assist in making presentations
  • provide graphics for marketing brochures and portfolios.

Initially, designs and plans are prepared by landscape architects and must be sketched and drafted for presentation to and approval by the client. Sometimes scale models are constructed to give the client a better picture of the proposed project.

Working Conditions
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Landscape architectural technologists work indoors in office environments and outdoors on construction sites. They usually work standard office hours but overtime may be required to meet project deadlines.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Landscape architectural technologists need the following characteristics:

  • good oral and written communication skills
  • creativity and problem solving skills
  • the ability to do precise work
  • good time management skills
  • an interest in computers and the development of natural and created environments
  • the ability to think three-dimensionally and visualize spatial relationships
  • sensitivity to the needs of people and their relationship with their environment
  • the ability to work independently and in a team environment.

They should enjoy using instruments and equipment to perform tasks requiring precision, analyzing information and taking a methodical approach to their work, and assisting landscape architects.

Educational Requirements
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Landscape architectural technologists need broad technical knowledge combined with an understanding of the aesthetic and functional aspects of natural and ornamental landscapes.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Program graduates may join the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects as Landscape Architectural Technology (LAT) members.

Certification Requirements
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Certified Engineering Technologist

Certified engineering technologists (CETs) apply industry-recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices to solve problems within their technological areas of expertise. Depending on their duties supervision by a Professional Engineer / Geoscientist or Professional Technologist (Engineering / Geoscience) may be required.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf] and ASET Regulation [pdf], you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Engineering Technologist (CET). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Engineering Technologist.

What You Need

Registration requires successful completion of:

  • an applied science, engineering or information technology program accredited at the technologist level by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) or equivalent
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • completion of a competency report
  • successful completion of ASET’s Professional Practice Exam.

Other requirements may include:

  • ASET certification exam
  • proficiency in English
  • proof of legal entitlement to work in Canada.

For detailed official information about registration requirements, contact ASET.

Working in Alberta

Certified engineering technologists who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory body in another province may transfer to Alberta as a Certified Engineering Technologist or Applied Science Technologist if the two jurisdictions require similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ASET website.

To learn about certification for internationally educated engineering technologists, see Mechanical Engineering Technologist Certification Process [pdf] and Electrical Engineering Technologist Certification Process [pdf] on the Opportunity Alberta website.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600, 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5C6
Canada

Call: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience)

Professional Technologists (Engineering) and Professional Technologists (Geoscience) are currently unique to Alberta. They practise independently in accordance with established methodologies and specifications in the fields of engineering and geoscience. They have the authority to sign off and stamp work within a prescribed scope of practice.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf] and Professional Technologists Regulation [pdf], you must be registered as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience) by the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to practise engineering or geoscience within a prescribed scope of practice, or to use the titles Professional Technologist (Engineering) or Professional Technologist (Geoscience) or the abbreviations P.Tech. (Eng.) or P.Tech. (Geo.).

What You Need

To register as a Professional Technologist (Engineering or Geoscience), you must have:

  • A designation as a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) in good standing
  • At least 6 years of work experience in areas that relate to engineering or geoscience, with at least 2 years under the supervision and control of an Alberta Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist in the your proposed area and scope of practice
  • At least 2 years of post-secondary education in areas that relate to your proposed area and scope of practice
  • At least 4 years of experience under the supervision and control of an Alberta Professional Engineer or Professional Geologist or at least 10 years of experience if your post-secondary education does not match your proposed area and scope of practice
  • 3 professional references
  • Proof of compliance with ASET’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program
  • Successful completion of the National Professional Practice Exam

Other requirements may include:

  • ASET Certification Exam
  • Demonstration of proficiency in English
  • Proof of legal entitlement to work in Canada

For detailed, official information, contact ASET.

Working in Alberta

Professional technologists with a license to practice engineering or geoscience are currently only recognized in Alberta. They may be eligible for a limited licence with engineering regulatory organizations in other jurisdictions. Information on obtaining a limited licence is available through the regulatory organizations.

Registered professional technologists in Alberta may transfer to another province and receive recognition as a Certified Engineering Technologist or Applied Science Technologist by completing the process set by the local provincial regulatory organizations for technologists. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ASET website.

Contact Details

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600, 9888 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Canada

Call: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Landscape architectural technologists are employed by:

  • architectural and landscape architectural firms
  • parks and recreation offices
  • landscaping contractors and supply companies
  • irrigation design and building companies 
  • greenhouses and nurseries
  • golf course design companies.

With additional education, experienced landscape architectural technologists may obtain certification in specific areas such as irrigation design or contract administration. Some experienced technologists establish their own businesses.

Landscape architectural technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2225: Landscape and Horticultural Technicians and Specialists. In Alberta, 84% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Oct 13, 2016
Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $37.58 $18.98 $16.00
Overall $20.00 $44.97 $25.48 $23.68
Top $22.00 $50.61 $31.06 $30.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Public Administration
Health Care & Social Assistance
Information, Culture, Recreation
ALL INDUSTRIES
Business, Building and Other Support Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

35%
35%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

29%
29%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

3%
3%

Vacancy Rate

N/A
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Oct 13, 2016

Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) website: www.aala.ab.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) website: www.csla.ca

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Updated Nov 01, 2010. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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