Updates to the L.A.R.E. in April 2017

As you know, CLARB conducted a Task Analysis survey in early 2016. We are excited to report a nearly 40% increase in participation over the last survey conducted in 2010. The Task Analysis is a scientific study of the profession that ensures the content of L.A.R.E remains legally defensible and relevant, and the results are 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.

Beginning with the April 2017 L.A.R.E. administration, the exam blueprint will be updated to provide greater detail within each section of the exam and will introduce new content focusing on maintenance, historical preservation, performance metrics and specialty plans. These updates will 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. We believe candidates will find great value in having more detail in each section while also knowing their previously completed exam sections will remain equivalent. 

Candidates will be notified tomorrow of the Task Analysis results and upcoming updates to the L.A.R.E. Any candidate wishing to complete the L.A.R.E. prior to these updates taking effect may register for the December administration until November 28.

We have compiled a list of FAQ's for you to use in addressing candidate questions you may receive. Please let us know if you have any questions or need further assistance in responding to candidate questions regarding the updates to the L.A.R.E. 

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