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- L.A.R.E. Orientation Guide
1. Understand L.A.R.E. Prep
The Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) is unlike any test you have ever taken. It is designed to test your competence to practice landscape architecture. It is not a design competition. As a professional licensing exam, it tests your knowledge, skills, and abilities that directly relate to protecting public health, safety, and welfare.
The L.A.R.E. is divided into four sections. A candidate for licensure must pass all of them in order to qualify to become licensed. Research shows that candidates who take sections 1 and 2 closer to graduation are more successful than those who wait. For section 4, candidates with several years of experience are more successful. There was no clear determinant of success for Section 3. The bottom line: if you think you are ready and your state allows you to take the exam before meeting the experience requirements, don't hesitate to sign up to take the exam.
The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (aka CLARB) writes, administers, and grades the L.A.R.E. If you have any questions regarding the L.A.R.E. process or procedures, contact CLARB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASLA wants to help guide you through the examination process and ultimately succeed in becoming a licensed landscape architect. Take the time to review the resources provided in this section. If you have any questions or suggestions on materials that could be helpful in support of L.A.R.E. preparation, contact LAREprep@asla.org.
2. Find out If You Are Eligible for Licensure
Each state sets its own requirements for licensure and the timing of taking the L.A.R.E. Many states now allow applicants to begin taking the exam after graduation - but not all. CLARB provides the latest information on state rules regarding when applicants can begin taking the exam. Many states also have a rolling 5-year clock for taking the exam, meaning that you must pass all sections within 5 years of taking the first section. Be sure to review the information provided by the state licensure board where you intend to earn your first license.
3. Create a Study Strategy (ASLA Member only)
ASLA offers a wealth of resources for members. New materials are in development, so check back throughout your exam experience for more information. Select the links below to begin your study strategy.
Section 1: Project and Construction Management: Resources include practice questions and webinar
Section 2: Inventory and Analysis: resources include practice questions and webinar
Section 3: Design: Resources include content-related materials, practice vignettes
Section 4: Grading, Drainage, and Construction Documents: Resources include content-related materials, practice vignettes
4. Find a L.A.R.E. Review Session
5. Take the Exam
Upcoming exam dates:
August 3-15, 2015
November 30 - December 13, 2015
Exams are administered at Pearson VUE test centers (on behalf of CLARB) throughout the United States and Canada. Exam candidates register for the exams by visiting the CLARB website.