The CSLA and the provincial, territorial and regional component associations are committed to promoting, improving and advancing the profession and maintaining standards of professional practice and conduct consistent with the need to serve and to protect the public interest.
CSLA's Continuing Education Resources
Learn about CE resources related to the following CSLA mission areas:
The CSLA also features the following CE resources:
- Events Calendar (including conferences, webinars, lectures, etc.)
- Canadian Landscape Standard (a free download for CSLA members)
- CSLA-hosted Webinars (recorded) (featuring CSLA members)
Component Association Continuing Education Resources
British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects
- 101 (free or low-cost) ways to get BCSLA CE Credits - Download this guide, prepared by Kathy Dunster for the BCSLA members, for ideas and inspiration on how to get CE credits.
Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
CLARB's Landscape Architecture Registration Examination Information
About the L.A.R.E.
The Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) is 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. Successful completion of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) is required for licensure as a landscape architect in the 49 states, four Canadian provinces (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba) and the territory of Puerto Rico that regulate the profession of landscape architecture.
The L.A.R.E. is exactly the same in every jurisdiction. The same exam is administered on the same days and under the same conditions and all exams are uniformly graded by CLARB. The L.A.R.E. consists of a four-part fully computerized examinations. Each section receives a pass or fail score independently from the other sections. All sections must be passed in order to be granted licensure.
The L.A.R.E. is administered across the United States and Canada on dates established by CLARB. All sections of the exam are administered by CLARB using a national system of computer testing centres.
It is important for L.A.R.E. applicants to contact the licensure board in the state or province in which they wish to take the test and become initially licensed to determine the requirements, application deadlines and specific information about the test schedule and locations. (See Eligibility to write L.A.R.E. in Ontario on this page.)
For all sections of the L.A.R.E., CLARB establishes the deadlines for completion of the online application. Candidates may check these deadlines on the CLARB website. It is often best for candidates to apply for the L.A.R.E exams as soon as possible in order to make early test center reservations. Test centers have a limited number of seats and are filled on a first come, first served basis. CLARB partners with Pearson VUE Test Centres to administer the L.A.R.E. You can take any section of the L.A.R.E. in any Pearson VUE Test Centre that offers the L.A.R.E. regardless of where you wish to become initially licensed. After you register for the L.A.R.E., CLARB will send you an email with instructions about how to select your test center and schedule your exam appointment.
External Continuing Education Resources
Vectorworks University — Webinars and Online Courses
Project for Public Spaces — Training and events
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals - Workshops and webinars
Smart Growth — Webinars, videos and podcasts
Creative City Network — Online publications and training
James Urban — Resources, videos and webinars
Artscape DIY — Resources and Webinars
Federation of Canadian Municipalities — Events and webinars
International Society of Arboriculture — Publications and events
880 Cities — Resources
Landscape and Urban Planning: An International Journal of Landscape Science, Planning and Design — Free articles available under "Open Access" and "Editors' Choice"
CSLA's Model Continuing Education Program Guide
The CSLA’s Model Continuing Education (CE) Program was designed to streamline Continuing Education across Canada. The CSLA’s Model CE Program is intended to address CE-administered programs in the various components. This program has therefore been designed as a template or a starting point. Component associations may choose to implement the program as presented, or tailor the program according to the requirements of their organization, their membership, operational capacity or geographic location. Download the CSLA's Model Continuing Education Program Guide