Landscape architects prepare for their professional role through completion of an Accredited degree in landscape architecture. Both Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture first professional degree programs are offered in Canadian and American universities. All professional programs require courses in technical subjects, such as design, site engineering, plant materials and construction methods, as well as courses in the arts, sciences and humanities.
Accredited programs in landscape architecture in Canada are those that have met the standards of the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC). LAAC also recognizes programs in the United States which are accredited by LAAB, a complete listing of which may be found on the ASLA website.
The AALA is a member of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), which works to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and promoting professional licensure standards. Members of CLARB are the licensure boards across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
CLARB prepares, administers and scores the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) which assesses the ability of prospective licensees to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare.
CLARB also manages a professional information system called the CLARB Council Record, through which landscape architects document and verify their education, experience, examination and licensure history. The Record helps reduce barriers to mobility by streamlining the initial and reciprocal licensure processes.
For more information, visit the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards.