Transfer Your Landscape Architect License from Out-of-State
What if you are like me…licensed to practice landscape architecture in a state other than California? You can apply for reciprocity in California.
(If you are not licensed in any state, read the article on initial licensure in California.)
What is Reciprocity?
California’s Landscape Architecture Technical Committee (LATC) will honor your professional education and work experience if you have a landscape architect license from another state IF the state’s requirements are substantially similar to California’s.
If you have passed the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (LARE) or the Uniform National Exam (UNE), you can apply for reciprocal registration in California.
Step-By-Step Guide to Reciprocal Registration in California
Follow these steps to have your license from another state honored in California:
- Have the testing authority send proof of registration directly to the LATC for verification.
- Complete the California reciprocity application. You can download the application from the LATC website.
- Have previous employers fill out the work experience forms provided by LATC.
- Register for the California Supplemental Exam (CSE) for landscape architects.
- Pass the CSE for landscape architects.
- Pay the final licensing fee and wait for your certificate.
California makes transferring your license fairly easy. For most professionals, preparing for the California Supplemental Exam is the biggest hassle. Once you pass the CSE, your virtually assured a license to practice landscape architecture in California.
For more information about California landscape architecture licensure regulations, refer to California’s Landscape Architect Technical Committee (LATC) website.