New L.A.R.E. Blueprint Coming December 2023!

CLARB hosted a webinar to review these changes on September 15, 2022. Click here to watch the recording.

The new L.A.R.E. blueprint, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 2023, is now available. Click here to view.

Earlier this year, CLARB conducted a Job/Task Analysis (JTA) which is a scientific study of the profession that ensures the content of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E) remains legally defensible and relevant. The JTA results are also used to defend the legal scope of landscape architectural practice. 

The results of the survey determine the tasks that are performed most often, are most important and subsequently instill the knowledge required at the initial point of licensure; thus, the survey results form the basis of the L.A.R.E. The final report from the 2022 JTA is now available – click here to view.

The findings from this JTA have resulted in changes to the content and structure of the L.A.R.E. Beginning in December 2023, a new L.A.R.E. blueprint will go into effect. The L.A.R.E. will remain unchanged through August 2023.

Exam Transition Key Changes 2023---

New section titles, along with aligned content, will be the structure of the L.A.R.E. for all candidates testing as of December 2023.

The new L.A.R.E. blueprint will include the following four sections:

  • Inventory, Analysis, and Project Management
  • Planning and Design
  • Construction Documentation and Administration
  • Grading, Drainage, and Stormwater Management


All candidates will still be required to complete the four-section L.A.R.E. as part of their licensure requirements. The image below displays equivalency for current sections (1, 2, 3, 4) to the new blueprint.

NOTE: CLARB advises all candidates who have completed Section 1 to also complete Section 4 prior to or during the August 2023 administration, which will be the final administration using the current exam blueprint. It is also recommended that those who have completed Section 4 should complete Section 1 in this same timeframe.

Exam Transition Chart 2023-