By the Division of Professional Licensure



How do I obtain a copy of the Massachusetts General Laws pertaining specifically to the MA LA Board?

Please visit the General Laws of Massachusetts web pages at www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/index.htm

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How do I obtain a verification of my MA license?

Verification of licensure may be requested in writing or by submitting the respective other state form with the required fee of $15 by check or money order payable to Commonwealth of MA. Alternatively, a request can be submitted and paid using the online E-licensing interface. If you have requested a verification through CLARB you must subsequently send the fee before the Board will update the CLARB record..

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Who administers the exams for MA licensure and what type of examination is administered?

The Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) is a multiple choice and graphics examination administered by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), a national organization. CLARB's website is www.clarb.org . Please visit CLARB’s website for more information on the examination.

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What does MA require before I can register for the exams?

NO! Massachusetts laws require a first time applicant to submit an application to the Board of Registration, who will approve the applicant for testing. Please see the "Applications and Forms" section of this website to obtain an application for first time testing. 

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When are the Landscape Architect examinations administered?

Please see the CLARB website www.clarb.org for the L.A.R.E. Administration dates, deadlines and fees.

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Is there a deadline for exam applications?

Because each section of the test is offered several times each year, the Board of Registration reviews applications on a year round basis.  Complete and submit the application to the Board before beginning testing.

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How do I get licensed once I have passed the LARE?

Once you have passed all sections of the L.A.R.E., you may initiate licensure by mailing a printout of your successful report from CLARB along with the license fee of $66 payable to Commonwealth of MA via check or money order to:

MA Board of Landscape Architects 
1000 Washington St suite 710 
Boston MA 02118 

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How often do MA licenses expire?

Licenses expire annually and must be renewed prior to the expiration of January 31 of each year. Licensees are mailed ONE (1) notification. As a licensee, it is your responsibility to notify the Board of any change of address, and to renew your license annually before the expiration to avoid a late fee.

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Does the Massachusetts Board have reciprocity for licensure?

Yes. See the Reciprocity/Examination Form on our Applications and Forms page.  

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What if I have taken parts or all of the CLARB sections without prior MA Board approval?

Should a candidate begin taking the sections of the L.A.R.E. directly through CLARB and would like to obtain a Massachusetts landscape architectural license, he/she must submit a standard first time candidate application to the Board with all required documents, a letter explaining and outlining the situation and a copy of the test dates and results. The Board will review each situation on a case-by-case basis. The Board may require the candidate to retake certain portions of the exam or complete the licensing process in the state in which it was started, and then submit an application for reciprocity for a Massachusetts license.

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What are the Landscape Architecture Associations available?

The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) 
www.clarb.org  

Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA)
 bslanow.org

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Is there a standard seal requirement for Massachusetts registered Landscape Architects?

Yes. For the purpose of certifying plans, specifications, and reports, the seal referred to in M.G.L. c. 112, § 100 shall be of the size and design authorized by the Board as illustrated below: SAMPLE SEAL
                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                          

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How do I reinstate a MA LA license that is lapsed/expired?

Depending on the length of expiration, there is an application process, and in some cases approval by the full Board prior to reinstatement. Please visit the Applications and Forms section of the Board’s main page for the application and instructions.

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