What Is Licensure And Why Is It Needed?

Licensing of landscape architects protects the public health, safety,
and welfare of citizens who cannot be reasonably expected to know, or
recognize, inadequate or defective landscape architectural design work.
The potential for harm from bad landscape architecture design and planning
is clear. Landscape architects offer complex professional services which
are not easily understood by the average consumer and which have lasting
impacts on the land and its users. If their work is improperly performed
there exists a very real threat of irreparable harm— harm for
which money cannot compensate. Poor design can lead to injury or death
of users of the land and cause grave economic damages to the land owners.
As such, licensing is one means by which professional performance can
be regulated. Licensure is required to practice Landscape Architecture
in Kentucky and is governed by the State Board of Examiners and Registration
of Landscape Architects of Kentucky. The Board determines eligibility
for licensure, requirements for maintaining licensure and registration,
and defines the parameters for the practice of Landscape Architecture
in Kentucky as specified in the Kentucky Revised Statutes, KRS Chapter

Thinking about getting licensed?

The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) works to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare by establishing and promoting professional licensure standards. CLARB members are the licensure boards across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

CLARB prepares, administers and scores the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) which assesses the ability of prospective licensees to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare.

CLARB also manage a professional information system called the CLARB Council Record, through which landscape architects document and verify their education, experience, examination and licensure history. The Record helps reduce barriers to mobility by streamlining the initial and reciprocal licensure processes.

Visit the CLARB website to learn more and begin the testing process!

The State Board of Examiners and Registration of Landscape Architects of Kentucky can be contacted at:
Jane Alexander Gardner
Executive Director
Ky. Board of Landscape Architects
ADDRESS CHANGE (effective 3/16/16):
2365 Harrodsburg Road, Suite B350
Lexington, KY 40504

The Kentucky Landscape Architect Statutes can be found at the State
Board of Examiners and Registration of Landscape Architects of Kentucky
web site.