Becoming a Landscape Architect

Initial Licensure Requirements

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 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 OR an architecture degree from a NAAB-accredited program
  • Have six years of qualifying education and training experience in actual practice of landscape architecture (an approved degree or extension certificate will allow applicants to take LARE sections 1 and 2 prior to earning training experience)

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 45 days before the first date of any LARE section the candidate wishes to take.