Landscape Architecture Registration Examination

About the L.A.R.E.

The Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) is designed to determine whether applicants for landscape architectural licensure possess sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to provide landscape architectural services without endangering the health, safety and welfare of the public.   Successful completion of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) is required for licensure as a landscape architect in the 49 states, two Canadian provinces and the territory of Puerto Rico that regulate the profession of landscape architecture.

The L.A.R.E. is exactly the same in every jurisdiction. The same exam is administered on the same days and under the same conditions and all exams are uniformly graded by CLARB. The L.A.R.E. consists of a four-part fully computerized examinations.  Each section receives a pass or fail score independently from the other sections. All sections must be passed in order to be granted licensure.

The L.A.R.E. is administered across the United States and Canada on dates established by CLARB. All sections of the exam are administered by CLARB using a national system of computer testing centers.

It is important for L.A.R.E. applicants to contact the licensure board in the state or province in which they wish to take the test and become initially licensed to determine the requirements, application deadlines and specific information about the test schedule and locations.

For all sections of the L.A.R.E., CLARB establishes the deadlines for completion of the online application. Candidates may check these deadlines on the CLARB website. It is often best for candidates to apply for the L.A.R.E exams as soon as possible in order to make early test center reservations. Test centers have a limited number of seats and are filled on a first come, first served basis.  CLARB partners with Pearson VUE Test Centers to administer the L.A.R.E.  You can take any section of the L.A.R.E. in any Pearson VUE Test Center that offers the L.A.R.E. regardless of where you wish to become initially licensed.  After you register for the L.A.R.E., CLARB will send you an email with instructions about how to select your test center and schedule your exam appointment.

Some Questions from CLARB

At the 2018 CLARB AGM the CLARB leadership, in conjunction with Adrienne Cadle, Senior Psychometrician, Professional Testing Inc. led a session for Member Board Members and Member Board Executives. The informative workshop utilized newly released examination questions that were asked to delegates. CLARB has released the sample questions and answers.  Please see below:

LARE Prep Workshops with AALA and BCSLA

The OALA, AALA and BCSLA try to host a webinar once a month (on the second Saturday) to go over LARE prep strategies and answer questions. Below are some resources from these workshops: