Landscape Architecture

Get Licensed in Minnesota

Seeking initial licensure as a landscape architect?
Find below information on the education, examination, experience requirements, as well as application details and forms.

Already licensed in another state?
See the sidebar "Licensure by Comity (Reciprocal Licensure)."

For general application information relevant to all professions, see Get Licensed.

Initial Licensure

Education Overview

In order to sit for the required exam (see below) and eventually become licensed, you must  be a graduate of a landscape architecture curriculum accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board  (LAAB).

Find an LAAB Accredited Degree Program

For details on the above, see the license application (below) or MN Rule 1800.1500.


Experience Overview

Applicants for licensure must provide evidence that you meet the qualifying experience requirements. Qualifying experience consists of varied, progressive, nonrepetitive, practical experience in landscape architecture work and must be obtained under and verified by a licensed landscape architect. A limited amount of experience may be verified by a licensed architect or professional engineer. How much experience you need depends upon the type of education you earned. See MN Rule 1800.1500 Subp. 4-6 for experience requirement details.

Use the Experience Verification form, which is part of the Licensure Application packet, to report your experience. You must customize and send a copy to every supervisor verifying your experience. The completed form must be sent by the supervisor directly to the Board. An example of a completed Experience Verification form is in the Additional Resources section.

Alternately, you may choose to establish a Council Record with the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) to submit, record and verify your experience and education information.
About Creating a CLARB Council Record


Examination Overview

Applicants must pass all sections  of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE).

Examination Application, Deadlines, & Cost

Apply directly to CLARB to sit for the exam. CLARB offers the LARE three times a year over a two-week period in April, August and December. See their website for more information on dates, deadlines and fees. Exam fees are set by and paid to CLARB.

How to Register for the LARE


Licensure Overview

License Application Form

The application packet provides a wealth of information regarding the application process, including links to Minnesota rules and statutes and relevant associated websites (such as CLARB). We encourage you to thoroughly review the instructions and the forms.

Landscape Architecture License Application


License Application Deadline

You may apply for licensure at any time after you have completed the education, experience and examination requirements summarized aboved. Applications are reviewed on Board meeting days, which occur approximately eight times per year (see calendar).


License Application Cost

Licensure applicants must pay a $75 application fee to the Board.

If your application is approved, the Board will notify you by mail. You will be instructed how to apply for your license. The license fee is $120.

Note: You are not licensed and cannot practice or hold out as licensed until the Board processes your license.

Regardless of when obtained, your license expires June 30th of every even-numbered year.


Additional Resources


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CLARB Offers LARE Study Reference List

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