Licensure is a formal recognition that an individual has demonstrated sufficient knowledge, skill and ability to practice the profession without endangering the health, safety and welfare of the public.
To become a Member of the BCSLA, candidates must successfully complete an oral exam conducted by the provincially appointed Board of Examiners. There are several methods to qualify for the exam:
a) Internship (for those who have applicable education and/or employment related to landscape architecture)
b) Reciprocity (for those who are registered as landscape architects in good standing in another jurisdiction recognized by the Board of Directors
c) Senior Practitioner (for those who have been practicing for 10 or more years)
The Road to Registration details the licensure process for North American candidates. The Bridge to Registration details the process for Internationally Trained Professional licensure candidates. See BCSLA Licensure requirements for additional details.
The Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) is a four-part fully computerized examination 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. It is prepared and scored by CLARB in accordance with all current standards for fairness and quality of licensure exams. The BCSLA has requested that Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) use a candidate pre-approval list in BC as there are only two test centres in BC. This ensures that all candidates are BCSLA Interns and that those Interns have the widest choice of examination administration times. Non-BCSLA Interns will not take up valuable spots that may have been used by BCSLA Interns. All BCSLA Interns were issued a candidate ID number and are on the pre-approved list. You do not have to be pre-approved after the initial acceptance. After LARE Candidates create a CLARB Profile, you must also create a mandatory CLARB Council Record before you can register for the LARE. The sooner that you register the better - you will have the widest choice of exam administration times so book early.
It is important to remember that CLARB can only mark you as “pre-approved” after you create your CLARB profile. We respectfully note that there is some overlap as the BCSLA Admission Program and Intern Policy and the CLARB Council Record (CCR) process. CLARB has written an excellent article about what to expect before, during, and after the LARE in the August 2013 issue Sitelines click here. You can find out more about the LARE on CLARB’s website.
CLARB offers a number of resources—many of which are FREE—to help candidates better understand the content, format and delivery for each section of the Landscape Architect Registration Exam. These resources are not intended to teach or be educational tools; they are designed to help candidates develop realistic expectations for the exam experience. Click here to view the resources. You will find YouTube videos, links to practice exams, LARE Orientation Guide and other resources. We also recommend that you participate in LARE Workshops or form study groups to assist you in preparing for the LARE.
CLARB wishes to thank all who participated in the Task Analysis survey earlier this year. Because of your time, effort and support, CLARB saw a nearly 40% increase in participation over the last survey conducted in 2010. With the goal of better understanding the global practice of landscape architecture, CLARB’s Task Analysis was conducted across the world for the first time. An executive summary of the survey findings, with responses from over 7,000 professionals, show the worldwide commonalities among landscape architects regarding education, location, experience and task frequency. Within North America, the Task Analysis ensures the content of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E) remains legally defensible and relevant, and is used to defend the legal scope of practice. The survey determines the tasks that are performed most often, are most important and subsequently instill the knowledge required at the initial point of licensure; thus, form the basis of the L.A.R.E.
Beginning with the April 2017 L.A.R.E. administration, the exam blueprint will be updated to provide greater detail within each section and align the exam with current practice.The updates to the L.A.R.E. that will go into effect in April 2017 will have no impact on candidates who have already successfully completed sections of the exam. All exam sections, through the December 2016 administration, will remain equivalent to the exam sections that will be administered in April 2017. CLARB strives to ensure the L.A.R.E. remains legally defensible, relevant and accurately reflects current practice. For additional information on the Task Analysis results, L.A.R.E. updates or any other program CLARB offers, please contact CLARB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLARB has provided sample questions to help LARE candidates prepare for the exams. These were created to provide a sample of what candidates will experience when they take the LARE. Select the links below to begin your study strategy.