Education and Licensure

ASLA Resources

Career Discovery is an ASLA resource page describing what it is like to work as landscape architect and how to become one. Looking for degree or candidacy programs? ASLA has created an interactive map of schools offering landscape architecture programs.


In recognition of the impact of the landscape architecture profession on public health, safety, and welfare, each state regulates landscape architects through licensure. ASLA National has a Licensure Resource Page.

The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Board (CLARB) is a non-profit organization that, in collaboration with its members, establishes standards for education, experience, and examination required for the professional licensure of landscape architects. CLARB administers and scores the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE). ASLA National has an LARE Preparation Resource Page.

The California Landscape Architects Technical Committee (LATC) establishes standards for licensure and enforces the laws and regulations that govern the practice of landscape architecture in California

Thirty states (not including California) require licensed landscape architects to complete continuing education to maintain their license. If you are licensed in another state that requires continuing education, please refer to the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) website for more details.

Professional Development

LEED accreditation

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) administers LEED professional credentials and exams.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) provides education resources to prepare for and maintain LEED credentials

Arborist certification

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is a worldwide professional organization dedicated to the professional practice of arboriculture and administers the ISA Arborist certification.

The California Arborists Association (CAA) is a non-profit organization of professional arborists. Its purpose is to promote responsible and progressive arboriculture practices, continuing education and training, and communication between practitioners, educators, researchers, and other green industry professionals.

Irrigation certification

The Irrigation Association, founded in 1949, includes over 2,000 corporate and individual members and is dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. The program includes various credential options.

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) Certification

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) is certified to inspect playgrounds for safety hazards and to ensure  compliance with national standards. The (CPSI) program is offered by the National Certification Board in coordination with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the National Playground Safety Institute.