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How to get your license: Landscape architect without an accredited degree

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Use this process if you have a degree that is not accredited by the Landscape Architect Accreditation Board (LAAB).

How to apply

  1. Submit an application, either online or by mail:
  2. Complete section A of a Landscape Architect Employment and Experience Verification form for each work experience you are having verified. Have the work verifier complete sections B and C and return the form to the address shown at the top of the form.
  3. Have your college or university send official transcripts to:
    Washington State Board of Licensure for Landscape Architects
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9012
    Olympia, WA 98507-9012
    Email: (Email must come directly from the school)
  4. If we approve your application, we’ll notify the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) that you’re eligible to take the exam.
  5. Contact CLARB ( to take the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (LARE).
  6. CLARB will register you for the exam.
  7. Take and pass all divisions of the exam.
    • If you don’t pass a division of the exam the first time, you may continue to take the exam until you pass. However, once you pass your first exam division, you must pass all divisions of the exam within 5 years.
  8. When you’ve passed all sections of the exam, ask CLARB to transmit your LARE scores to the board.
  9. Complete a Landscape Architect Law Summary Review.
  10. Complete the application process, either online or by mail:
    • Online
    • By mail
      • Send us the following:
        • A check or money order for your 2-year license fee (payable to the Department of Licensing).
        • A completed, signed, and dated Landscape Architect Law Summary Review (see step 8).

Mailing address for third-party submissions:

Board of Licensure for Landscape Architects
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9012
Olympia, WA 98507
Email: (email must come directly from third party)

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