JULY 2024

Provisional feedback

You asked, we listened: provisional feedback starting soon

As part of our efforts to continuously improve your exam experience and align with common testing practices, CLARB will begin offering provisional feedback for the L.A.R.E.

In partnership with our test development and test delivery team, we have started a multi-phase project to release provisional feedback, beginning with the Inventory, Analysis and Project Management section only during the August 2024 exam administration period. 

Licensing standards must be maintained despite workforce shortages

One pager: Licensing standards must be maintained despite workforce shortages

Nationwide workforce shortages are hitting all corners of our society, from retail to education to government administration. In response, some occupations and policymakers are relaxing hiring criteria to help fill vacant jobs. This approach doesn’t work for highly technical professions that require rigorous qualifications to ensure public safety. Rigorous licensing standards are essential for professions like landscape architecture to ensure that professionals are qualified to perform their work safely.

In a recent survey of 1,200 registered voters, research from the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) shows strong public support for rigorous professional qualifications and support for multiple paths to licensure and not lowering standards.

JUNE 2024

Sponsorship opportunities now available

CLARB's new sponsorship opportunities can elevate your organization's brand and help you build meaningful connections within the industry. CLARB now offers exclusive sponsorship opportunities for our Annual Meeting along with year-round brand engagement with our 7,000+ stakeholders.

By sponsoring CLARB, your brand will be prominently aligned with the advancement of landscape architectural licensure.


214 candidates now ready for licensure

Congratulations to everyone who recently completed all sections of the L.A.R.E.! 

MAY 2024

ESL accommodation now available

Candidates who speak English as a second language (ESL) may request an accommodation to use a word-to-word (bilingual) language dictionary during testing at a PSI test center. This arrangement supports CLARB's efforts to reduce barriers to licensure and our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

View testing accommodations.


Alaska is the latest jurisdiction to adopt CLARB's Uniform Standard

The State Board of Registration for Architects, State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyorsapproved the regulation update to adopt CLARB's model requirementsnts for licensing landscape architects last year, and following the review and signature process, the new requirements are effective April 17. To learn more about the Uniform Standard or to begin discussions in your jurisdiction, please contact Zach Druga, CLARB’s manager of government affairs & advocacy.

APRIL 2024


ARPL emphasizes the importance of protecting rigorous licensing

The Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) promotes a responsible, balanced approach to professional licensing by educating policymakers and the public on the importance of protecting rigorous licensing for professionals with high public impact. In the first quarter of 2024, ARPL took steps to:

  • Conduct research and gather insights on public perceptions of licensing
  • Help explain how ARPL professions are working to close the talent gap while keeping responsible licensing for professions trusted to protect the public
  • Provide resources to help state partners educate lawmakers on the critical role of licensing boards

As licensing remains a top issue with policymakers, CLARB and ASLA’s membership in strategic coalitions such as ARPL strengthens the landscape architecture community. Learn more about ARPL. Learn More About ARPL

Is it time to update your Council Record information?

Your CLARB Council Record is a verified history of your education, experience, examination, licensure history and professional references. CLARB’s verification process takes the workload off of you and assures the registration boards your information is accurate and up-to-date. To ensure your information is easily ready should you need to register for the exam or apply for licensure, your Council Record should be updated and renewed annually. Update your Council Record today.


MARCH 2024

Online or in-person?

The choice is yours. CLARB offers the option to take your exam section in-person at a PSI Testing Center or online from anywhere — like your home or office.

In-person testing centers

  • Center-provided technology setup and internet access

  • Face-to-face support

  • Option to use either the digital calculator and whiteboard tools or request a handheld calculator and whiteboard (NEW)

Online proctored

  • Test from the convenience of your home or office

  • A proctor monitors your exam through a live video feed and advanced security 

  • Access to the digital calculator and digital whiteboard

Regardless of the testing modality you choose, the sooner you register, the more options you'll have for available appointments.


Which section should you take in April?

The choice is yours. The four L.A.R.E. sections may be taken in any order, and you may take more than one section during the examination period. Be sure to download the Orientation Guide (PDF) for even more details on the subject matter covered in each section.

Inventory, Analysis & Project Management

90 scored items

  • Project Management (7%)

  • Inventory and Data Collection (21%)

  • Stakeholder Engagement Process (14%)

  • Physical Analysis (39%)

  • Contextual Analysis (19%)


Planning & Design

85 scored items

  • Stewardship and Design Principles (17%)

  • Master Planning (33%)

  • Schematic Design (28%)

  • Design Development (22%)


Construction Documentation & Administration

90 scored items

  • Construction Plans and Details (50%)

  • Construction Specifications and Bidding (20%)

  • Construction Administration (30%)


Grading, Drainage and Stormwater Management

70 scored items

  • Stormwater Management (39%)

  • Grading and Earthwork (44%)

  • Drainage Systems (17%)



Canada announces first-ever Express Entry invitations for skilled newcomers with STEM experience

Canada has established itself as a global hub for science, technology and innovation, offering a thriving ecosystem for skilled professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The Express Entry Program is a comprehensive point-based system introduced by the Canadian government to streamline the immigration process for skilled workers. The program is particularly advantageous for tech talent in STEM fields, including landscape architecture, as Canada recognizes the critical role played by these professionals in driving innovation and economic growth.

Find details on licensure requirements in CLARB Member jurisdictions Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario. 


178 candidates now ready for licensure

Congratulations to everyone who recently completed all sections of the L.A.R.E.! 


Design Meets Dialogue

Design Meets Dialogue:  
Strategies for Communicating Landscape Architecture to the Public 

What do landscape architects do? Why is it important? Join us for this three-part webinar series to learn how to communicate more effectively about landscape architecture and its impact



Happiest holidays

CLARB's president and CEO wish you a wonderful holiday season full of cheer.


2023 highlights

Check out CLARB's highlights for the year, including free webinar recordings, training, tools & more.



43 candidates now ready for licensure

Congratulations to everyone who recently completed all sections of the L.A.R.E.! 


CLARB joins IFLA as first corporate member 

CLARB officially became the first corporate member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) at the 2023 IFLA World Council in Nairobi, Kenya.  



Strategic partnership:
IFLA Americas and CLARB aim to strengthen landscape architecture profession in western hemisphere

The International Federation of Landscape Architects Americas Region (IFLA Americas) and The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) have entered into a strategic partnership aimed at elevating and uniting the landscape architecture profession across the Americas.

Board of Directors

Introducing: CLARB's 2023-2024 Leadership

During the Annual Meeting business session in September, we welcomed the 2023-2024 CLARB leadership into their new service terms. Congratulations and thank you to all who serve as CLARB volunteers!

Practice exams

Practice exams now available for $25

Assess your readiness with our new practice exams.

Use them to familiarize yourself with the exam format and preview the types of questions/answers you can expect on the L.A.R.E. — all at your own pace.

  • 50 questions per section
  • Instant results and rationale
  • Attempt each section up to three times
  • $25 per section

Ingrid Little

Spotlight: Ingrid Little, Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

"Your skills are needed today — and will be even more in demand in the future. Landscape architects are able to provide robust, sustainable, often nature-based solutions to challenges faced across North America and the world."

Last month we featured Ingrid Little, registrar at Ontario Association of Landscape Architects in The Council Record Connection, a newsletter available exclusively to Council Record Holders. Log in to your CLARB account to read the full interview with Ingrid. 



305 candidates now ready for licensure

Congratulations to everyone who recently completed all sections of the L.A.R.E.!

View the full list of 305 candidates who are now ready to #getlicensed.

Online proctoring

Online proctoring tips

If you're taking the October L.A.R.E. online, don't miss our handy checklists to ensure you're set up for success.


CLARB leader to serve as secretary/treasurer of CESSE

Matt Miller, CLARB's chief executive officer, was recently elected as secretary/treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. CESSE provides leadership development through networking, education and the sharing of best practices for the professional leaders of STEM societies. Science, technology, engineering and math societies play a crucial role in the development of the professions that are key to advancing innovation.

Miller has served on the CESSE Board of Directors since July 2020. In his role as secretary/treasurer, Miller will chair the Finance Committee and serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

Get involved

CLARB relies on volunteer support to advance our mission and strategic objectives.

You can join our efforts to design and promote landscape architectural standards. Learn more about our variety of volunteer opportunities and get started today.