California Supplemental Examination (CSE) - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Now that I have passed the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE), what is the next
Candidates that pass all sections of the LARE will be eligible to take the CSE. Candidates must complete and sign the California Supplemental Examination Application and submit it to the LATC along with the $310 application and examination fees.
The candidate will be mailed the California Supplemental Examination Candidate Guide (PDF, 318K) from Psychological Services, Incorporated (PSI) within four weeks from when their application is received. The candidate guide will provide instructions to schedule the CSE.
- What is the format of the CSE?
Please refer to the California Supplemental Examination Candidate Guide (PDF, 318K) for information on the examination format.
- Where can I take the CSE?
The CSE is administered by the LATC as a computer based multiple-choice examination under contract with PSI at testing centers throughout California and nationwide. Candidates can check the CSE Scheduling Procedures for the nearest location.
- Where can I get further details on the CSE?
Candidates may access detailed information on procedures and knowledge areas required for taking the examination on the California Supplemental Examination page.
- How will I be notified of my eligibility to take the CSE?
Once all four sections of the LARE are passed, candidates may apply for the CSE by submitting the California Supplemental Examination Application along with applicable fees to the LATC.
- Are study materials provided to prepare for the CSE?
The LATC website contains information on preparing for the CSE, as well as specific knowledge areas that will be tested.
- Can I take the CSE at any time?
Eligible candidates may take the CSE as soon as their application and payment are processed.
- How many questions do I have to answer correctly to pass the CSE?
Pass rates will vary.
- Is there a limit to the number of times I can take the CSE?
There is no limit to the number of times a candidate can take the CSE.
- If I don't pass the CSE, is there a waiting period before I can take it again?
Yes. To ensure the security of the CSE, a waiting period of three months from examination date is required.
- Can I appeal my CSE scores?
No. There is no provision for an appeal of a candidate’s examination score.
- I passed the CSE, what is the next step for licensure?
Candidates who successfully pass the CSE will be provided an Initial License Request form, which will be available at the CSE test site. Once the Initial License Request and corresponding fee have been submitted to the LATC, applicants can expect to receive their wall certificate and initial license packet within four to six weeks, provided that no fact, circumstance, or condition exists which would justify denial under Business and Professions Code section 480 (Applicant’s Grounds for Denial)
- How do I find out about special accommodations for the CSE?
A request for reasonable accommodations can be made directly to the LATC by filling out a Reasonable Accommodation Request Form (PDF, 304K). Please refer to the form for specific details on the request.