Landscape Architects Technical Committee
Landscape Architects Technical Committee
State of California Department of Consumer Affairs
Landscape Architects Technical Committee
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 575-7230
fax: (916) 575-7285
email: latc@dca.ca.gov
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General Exam Information

Gaining Eligibility for Licensure

Individuals interested in obtaining a license to practice landscape architecture in California are required to establish eligibility by meeting the following requirements as mandated by Business and Professions Code section 5650 prior to registering for any section of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE):

  • Be at least 18 years of age (or have graduated from high school in order to receive training/experience credit)
  • Have a bachelors, masters, associate degree, or extension certificate in landscape architecture
  • Have six years of qualifying education and training experience in actual practice of landscape architecture as specified below

Upon meeting education and training experience requirements the California landscape architecture candidate must apply for eligibility. The application and all required documents must be received by the LATC no later than 70 days before the first date of any LARE section the candidate wishes to take.

LATC Eligibility Deadline LARE Date
September 23, 2013 December 2 – 14, 2013
January 20, 2014 March 31 – April 12, 2014
June 9, 2014 August 18 – 30, 2014
September 22, 2014 December 1 – 13, 2014

The Landscape Architect Registration Examination

The LARE is the national licensing examination that measures knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to the profession of landscape architecture; it is a product of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and formally adopted by California as its licensure examination. It consists of four multiple-choice sections. Visit CLARB's Web site at www.clarb.org for more information on the scope, structure and preparation guide for the LARE. CLARB also has resources for exam candidates on their website that include practice tests and other resources to help candidates better understand the content, format, and delivery for each section of the LARE.

All sections are administered three times per year via computer based methodology:

  • Section 1 — Project and Construction Administration
  • Section 2 — Inventory and Analysis
  • Section 3 — Design
  • Section 4 — Grading, Drainage, and Construction Documentation

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

CLARB began administering a new LARE in September 2012. The new four-section exam format (1-4) has replaced the five-section exam (A-E). All four sections of the exam are computer-based to improve relevance, reliability, and accessibility for all candidates. A LARE Transition Chart has been created by CLARB and is a good tool to use to see how the previous sections of the LARE were translated to the new four sections.

Find out more information about the LARE Transition or view the LARE Transition Chart.

Please visit the CLARB website to confirm specific LARE fees, schedules, examination dates and test center deadlines.

The California Supplemental Examination

In addition to passing the LARE, California candidates are required to pass the multiple-choice California Supplemental Examination (CSE) before obtaining licensure. The CSE is a 100-question multiple-choice examination of subject areas that are unique to the practice of landscape architecture in California. Once candidates have passed all sections of the LARE they may apply for and take the CSE.

The CSE is administered under contract with Psychological Services, LLC (PSI) at testing centers throughout California. Locations include: Anaheim, Atascadero, Bakersfield, Carson (Los Angeles Area), El Monte (Los Angeles Area), Fresno, Hayward (Bay Area), Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Clara (Bay Area) and Santa Rosa. Please refer to the CSE Candidate Guide for a complete list of current testing centers. Upon receipt of the CSE application, candidates will receive a candidate guide from PSI allowing them to schedule for the exam.

Applying for Eligibility

In order to apply for eligibility, all California candidates must:

1. Meet California eligibility requirements
2. Submit an Eligibility Application and all required documents as specified below. Applicants must ensure that the LATC receives all documents no later than 70 days before the first date of any Landscape Architects Registration Examination section they wish to take.

  • Sealed/Official Transcripts from a qualifying educational program(s)
  • A Certification of Experience, with original signature, from each licensed supervisor qualifying candidate's experience (must be a landscape architect, architect, and/or civil engineer with a current and valid license)
  • An Application Evaluation Fee payment of $35. Money orders, cashiers checks, or personal checks must be made payable to the LATC. Credit cards are not accepted at this time
  • If applicable, a General Credential Evaluation (for foreign educated applicants only)

Qualified candidates will receive a LATC Notice of Eligibility and instructions from the LATC to register with CLARB to take the LARE. The Notice of Eligibility is a prerequisite.

Applying for Reciprocity

Individuals who are licensed to practice landscape architecture in another state may obtain a license from the State of California by completing the reciprocity licensure process.

Preparing for the Examination

Study materials for the LARE are available from CLARB at www.clarb.org or by calling (571) 432-0332. A detailed CLARB prepatory guide is available here.

Prepatory courses may also be provided through the CCASLA, California chapters of the ASLA, landscape architecture programs listed on the Links page or by linking here.

Examination Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must possess at least one year of educational credit to be eligible for the examination. No credit shall be granted for education units obtained without earning a degree or certificate from a qualifying education program as specified below:

   
Masters or Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from an approved school 4 years
Masters or Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from a non-approved school 3 years
Extension Certificate in Landscape Architecture 2 years
Associate Degree in Landscape Architecture 1 year
Extension Certificate in Landscape Architecture plus a four-year degree in any subject 4 years
Associate Degree in Landscape Architecture plus an Extension Certificate in Landscape Architecture 3 years
Masters or Bachelors Degree in Architecture 1 year

Candidates must possess at least two years of training credit to be eligible for the examination. Except as noted, at least one year of training shall be under the direct supervision of a licensed landscape architect and shall be gained after graduation. Candidates qualifying with experience as self employed landscape contractors and holding an Extension Certificate, Masters or Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from an approved school are not required to obtain training under the direction of a landscape architect.

One year of training consists of 1,500 hours of qualifying employment. Employment in excess of 40 hours per week cannot be considered. Training received under the following circumstances will receive credit as indicated:

   
Self-employment as or employment by a licensed landscape architect up to 5 years
Self-employment as or employment by a licensed architect up to 1 year
Self-employment as or employment by a registered civil engineer up to 1 year
Self-employment as a licensed landscape contractor up to 4 years