Practice acts like that are utter BS, lobbied into place by scared little bunny rabbit landscape architects who don't like to compete. Such laws really do nothing to protect the public. I just interviewed a recent LA grad and she wants to work for me to learn how to design landscapes, and yet in GA she could charge for her services and I couldn't. How is that right? There's no standard for what constitutes a "landscape designer" and I'm ok with that. Yes, it means that the client needs to do some research and ask some questions to get the results they want. They should anyhow. They're buying a creative redesign of their biggest investment and it has to work. They're not buying a toaster. But there's nothing to be gained by overly regulating the profession because there are so many niches where everyone can find success. I do the whole thing from plantings to structures. One of my friends does landscape audits and feasibility studies. Another friend only does perennial gardens. There's plenty of room in the sandbox if you can find what makes you unique and you can successfully market it.