Landscape Architects Technical Committee

Landscape Architects Technical Committee

Public Protection through Examination, Licensure, and Regulation

The Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC), under the purview of the California Architects Board, was created by the California Legislature to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by establishing standards for licensure and enforcing the laws and regulations that govern the practice of landscape architecture in California. It is one of the numerous boards, bureaus, commissions, and committees within the Department of Consumer Affairs responsible for consumer protection and the regulation of licensed professionals.

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The Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE)

In September 2012, the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) began administering a new exam. The new, four section exam format (1-4) has replaced the five-section exam (A-E). As of April 2013, all four sections are administered at the same time during a two-week period three times per year. All exam sections are computer-based.

See the chart below for examination dates and important deadlines. For detailed information regarding LARE eligibility and updated dates and deadlines, visit the General Exam Information page.

LARE Eligibility Information

Individuals interested in obtaining a license to practice landscape architecture must complete an Eligibility Application. The application and all required documents must be received by the LATC no later than 70 days before the date of any Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) section they wish to take. In order to ensure your eligibility is determined in time for examination, please observe the following dates:

LATC Eligibility Deadline LARE Date
September 22, 2014 December 1 – 13, 2014
January 27, 2015 April 6 – 18, 2015
May 26, 2015 August 3 – 15, 2015
September 21, 2015 November 30 – December 13, 2015

Exam Administration

To improve services to current candidates for licensure, the LATC will affect the following changes:

  • The LATC now contracts with the CLARB to administer ALL sections of the LARE
  • All candidates previously determined eligible should check with CLARB to verify review and examination registration dates and deadlines.