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DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

 

Exams - Maryland Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE LICENSING EXAMINATION

Important information for applicants for the licensing examination: please note that even though you may qualify to sit for the licensing examination under the CLARB's examination standards, you may or may not have requisite educational and experiential qualifications as a Maryland candidate. If you intend to take all or any part of the CLARB examination with a goal of becoming a Maryland licensed landscape architect, you must first file an application with the Maryland Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects to ascertain your requisite pre-examination qualifications.

In addition, please note that beginning in the Fall of 2012, the L.A.RE. will transition from the five-part exam to four parts and will be administered directly by CLARB using a computer-based, test administration system. The Maryland board will no longer be involved in the administration of the examination. For information on the new exam and transition details, go to CLARB website.

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR THE EXAM - You must meet the meet the educational/experience requirements in either (b), (c), (d), or (e) below.

§ 9-303. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

(a) Before an applicant takes the examination given by the Board, the applicant shall qualify under this section by meeting the educational and experience requirements set forth in subsection (b), (c), (d), or (e) of this section.

(b) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
     (1) has been graduated from a college or school of landscape architecture that holds accredited status from the national Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board; and
     (2) has at least 2 years of work experience in landscape architecture that is:
          (i) under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
          (ii) otherwise satisfactory to the Board.

(c) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
     (1) has been graduated on completion of at least a 4-year curriculum in a design-related discipline from a college or university that is accredited by, or is a constituent unit of an institution accredited by, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools or the equivalent regional accrediting association of other regional areas; and
     (2) has at least 4 years of work experience in landscape architecture that is:
          (i) under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
          (ii) otherwise satisfactory to the Board.

(d) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
     (1) has been graduated on completion of at least a 4-year curriculum in a nondesign-related discipline from a college or university that is accredited by, or is a constituent unit of an institution accredited by, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools or the equivalent regional accrediting association of other regional areas; and
     (2) has at least 6 years of practical work experience in landscape architecture that is:
          (i) under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
          (ii) otherwise satisfactory to the Board.

(e) (1) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
          (i) is a high school graduate or the equivalent; and
          (ii) has at least 8 years of practical work experience in landscape architecture that is: 
               1. under the responsible charge of a licensed landscape architect or other authorized individual; and
               2. otherwise satisfactory to the Board.
     (2) The Board may count each full year of study at a college or school of landscape architecture that meets the criteria set forth in subsection (b) of this section as one of the years of the work experience required under this subsection.

HOW TO APPLY

First-time applicants may obtain an application for the L.A.R.E. by contacting the Board at 410-230-6256 or landscape@dllr.state.md.us. The filing deadline for first-time candidates is 90 days prior to the examination date. First-time applicants must have an original transcript sent directly from the school to the State Board and it must be received by the 90 day deadline. The application, fee, and any other supporting documentation must be received by the State Board by the deadline. Postmarks are not acceptable.

The Board's mailing address is:

Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects
500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651

Approved candidates will be notified of their eligibility to sit for the examination and instructions on how to register for the exam.

Examination Dates /Filing Deadline

Exam FAQ's and Study materials

Pass/Fail Notification
CLARB will notify you of your exam results. Check their website for release dates.

Landscape Architect License
Candidates who have successfully completed all parts of the exam will receive instructions with the exam results explaining how to file online for a Landscape Architect license. Licenses expire two years from the date of issuance.

Americans With Disabilities
Requests for special testing accommodations must be reviewed and approved by CLARB and must be received no later than 60 days prior to the exam administration. Contact them at their website. If you are requesting special testing accommodations, send the original documents to CLARB and send a copy to the Maryland Board, ATTN: Exam Coordinator, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202.