Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about licensure.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + How long does it take for my application to be approved?

All applications must be approved by the Board. The Board meets quarterly, the meeting schedule is available on the Contact page and on the calendar under the Events page. You will be notified by the Board of any action taken on your application 10 days after the Board meeting date.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + How much experience and education is required to take the exam?

You must have a degree in landscape architecture from an accredited institution plus 4 years of experience in the field working under the supervision of a licensed landscape architect.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + I have a CLARB Council Record. What portion of the application am I required to complete?

You are required to fill out the entire application, even if you have a CLARB Council Record.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What items are required if I have my CLARB Council Record sent to the board?

You will not be required to have reference forms sent to the board if you list the same references that are included in your Council Record. You will not need to have employer verification or college transcripts sent to the board since these items are also included in the Council Record. You will only be required to complete the application and send it in along with the application fee.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What is the physical address for the board?

The physical address for the board is 3733 Benson Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What if my license has expired?

Upon failure to renew, the certificate shall be automatically revoked. The certificate may be renewed at any time within one year after its expiration if the applicant reports ten hours of Board approved CE, pays the required renewal fee and late renewal penalty, and the Board finds that the applicant has not used his or her certificate or title or engaged in the practice of landscape architecture after notice of revocation and is otherwise eligible for registration under the provisions of this Chapter. After one year, the applicant must complete the reinstatement process.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Does the Board require a seal for licensees?

Yes, the board does require a seal or stamp with the name of the licensee and the registration number. The board does not have these seals made. You are responsible for obtaining your own seal.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What are the requirements for my stamp or seal?

Please refer to section 89A-2; of the Landscape Architect Practice Act for seal requirements (see link below). Please reference the links below for a copy of the seal.

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Plus (click or tap to expand) + How and when are scores reported for the exam?

Reference the CLARB site link to review the scoring process.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + How can I update my Company name or Landscape Architect in Charge?

Please complete and submit the form below with the proper documentation to Please keep in mind that the Corporation name shall reflect that of the North Carolina Secretary of State website.

Application for Corporation Name/LA in charge change

NC SOS Website

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What if I need to change my personal name?

You must send all requests for name change to the Board in writing. Please include any formal documentation i.e. marriage certificate with your request. You may send the request via email.

Plus (click or tap to expand) + What is the role of landscape architecture in the master planning process?

The members of the NC Board of Landscape Architects have created a ‘white paper’ regarding the Scope of the Practice of Landscape Architecture.  This document is a joint effort put forth by the Board to assist NC licensees and others involved in the preparation of or use of master planning and conceptual design to define landscape architecture.  We hope that this document will serve as a guide to those involved in the design process.  Please feel free to share with others.  This document is a work in progress and the Board welcomes your comments and/or suggestions.

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