While many organizations and institutions play a role in the licensure of landscape architects, the following groups perform highly specialized, independent and interdependent roles in the licensure of landscape architects.
The profession of landscape architecture is regulated by licensure boards that are responsible for administering the laws and rules of their jurisdiction. Licensing laws are established to prevent harm to those that use the built environment designed and constructed by landscape architects. Licensure is required in all 50 states, two Canadian provinces and the territory of Puerto Rico to practice landscape architecture.
The Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards (CLARB)
CLARB supports the licensure boards in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public through the establishment of standards of competency and the preparation, administration and scoring of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.). Once licensed the organization supports professional mobility by administering a service that records, independently verifies and evaluates, and transmits records of a licensed professional’s education, experience, and examination results.