ABOUT THE LARE

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.  

It is critical for applicants to contact the licensing board in the state in which they wish to get licensed and take the exam to determine specific information about eligibility requirements, schedule, locations and application deadlines.  Be sure to understand the process to apply for licensure in your jurisdiction prior to taking the exam. In some cases, exam results have been voided when a candidate has failed to begin the application process for licensure prior to taking the exam.


NOTE! 2012 CHANGES TO THE L.A.R.E.

Per CLARB:  As a result of the recent task analysis research, advancements in testing technology and evolution of the marketplace the L.A.R.E. will be changing in late 2012. Changes to the exam will include: 

Five to four sections. - This modest structural change will better align the content of the L.A.R.E. with current practice. 

  • Section 1:  100 items; 3 hours seat time, 2 1/2 hours for the exam
  • Section 2:  80 items; 2 1/2 hours seat time, 2 hours for the exam
  • Section 3:  100 items; 4 hours seat time, 3 1/2 hours for the exam
  • Section 4:  120 items; 4 1/2 hours seat time, 4 hours for the exam 

Full computer based testing - By December 2012 all four sections will be delivered by computer to improve relevance, reliability, and accessibility.  

CLICK HERE for full details on the structure of the new exam and the equivalency between the current and new exam.


LARE EXAM DATES

(updated October 18, 2012)

The dates for the administration of the of the LARE are as follows:

2012
December 2012 L.A.R.E. Administration (December 3-15)
Starting with the December 2012 L.A.R.E. Administration (Sections 3-4), all candidates will register via the CLARB website for the entire L.A.R.E.  While some jurisdictions will still require pre-approval, this enhancement will streamline the registration process and make it easier for candidates to understand eligibility requirements for taking the L.A.R.E. 

Also, instead of candidates having one day each to complete the sections administered in December, candidates will have a two-week testing window just as they do now with the current multiple-choice sections.  The CLARB website will be updated with all information for the December administration prior to registration opening in September.


LARE EXAM PREPARATION

GET AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE NEW EXAM ITEMS FOR SECTIONS 3 AND 4!

Join CLARB this month for a webcast about the fully computerized L.A.R.E. and see a live demonstration of the new exam items for Sections 3 and 4. 

By participating in the webcast you will:

  • Learn how the L.A.R.E. is developed, why updates to the exam are necessary, and what content will be tested;
  • See a live demonstration of the new exam items for Sections 3 and 4; and
  • Understand how to register for the exam.

Mark your calendar and plan to join us on:

Each webcast will last approximately 30 minutes, contain the same information, and offer a "Q&A" session at the end.  Participation is on a first come, first served basis and is limited to 150 people per event.  To access the webcast, please note that you must log in AND dial in. 

 

ASLA offers upcoming LARE Review Sessions.  CLICK HERE to view upcoming review sessions across the nation. 


The LARE Prep Subcommittee is also available to answer individual questions at LAREprep@asla.org.

  

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Veronica Meadows, Director of Communications, CLARB - Tel (571) 432.0332, ext. 116

If you have any questions about the LARE or related study material, please visit CLARB or call at 571.432.0332.