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Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE)


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 four 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. Please see the Path to Licensure

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 is pleased to offer you the opportunity to be part of the remote proctor program during the December LARE administration for Sections 1 and 2 only.   Candidates are able to register and write the exam from home, any time day or night, using their own computer. A remote proctor will monitor the exam live through a video feed using advanced security protocols.   All four exams are available at test centres in December.


2. 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.  Watch the videos.


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

Section 1: Project and Construction Management
Section 2: Inventory and Analysis
Section 3: Design
Section 4: Grading, Drainage, and Construction Documents

Practice Vignettes:
License Agreement
Practice E1 | Solution A | Solution B
Practice E2 | Solution A | Solution B
Practice E3 | Solution A | Solution B
Practice E4 | Solution A | Solution B
Practice E5 | Solution A | Solution B
Practice E6 | Solution A | Solution B

4. Sample Questions
At the CLARB AGM the CLARB leadership, in conjunction with Adrienne Cadle, Senior Psychometrician, Professional Testing Inc. led a session for Member Board Members and Member Board Executives in 2018.   The informative workshop utilized newly released examination questions that were asked to delegates.  CLARB has released the sample questions and answers. Please see below:

5. Sample Questions
Sample Answers 

6. LARE Prep Workshops 
The OALA, AALA and BCSLA try to host a webinar once a month (on the second Saturday) to go over LARE prep strategies and answer questions.   Watch here for the deatils on the next workshop


Below are resources from previous workshops:

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