Licensure Process

Applicants must submit a completed Reciprocity Application - Online and the appropriate fees to the Landscape Architects Technical Committee.

Section 2 of the application must be submitted to the candidate’s state(s) of licensure and/or examination for verification of scores and license history. The licensing agency is to forward the completed form to the Landscape Architects Technical Committee office. The candidate is responsible for any fees associated with the verification process.

In addition to passing the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) or Uniform National Examination (UNE) for Landscape Architects, the Landscape Architects Technical Committee requires each reciprocity candidate to pass the California Supplemental Examination (CSE), a multiple-choice examination on the Landscape Architects Practice Act (Act) and other California laws deemed essential to the practice of landscape architecture in this state.

The purpose of the test is to bring to the candidate’s attention specific practice issues more prevalent or unique to California and to familiarize the candidate with the rules and regulations governing the profession.

All prospective licensees must pass the examination. A failing score will delay licensure until a passing score is achieved. Upon passage of the California Supplemental Examination, the reciprocity candidate is eligible for licensure as a landscape architect in California.