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Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) Prep Course

Since 2015, the Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning Department has offered a Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) Prep Course for students. Taught by Professional Landscape Architect, Kris Kvarfordt, students receive practice questions, insights into the LARE Prep format, and a review of fundamentals addressed within the LARE.

We are pleased to announce that we will now be offering the course to alumni, practitioners, and other who are preparing to take the LARE. The course is structure around CLARB's exams and includes five sections. Those interested may choose to take the full course covering all five sections, or select specific sections according to individual needs.

Course Sections

Section 1: Protecting the Public Health, Safety & Welfare

Section 2: Project & Construction Management for Landscape Architects

Section 3: Site Inventory & Site Analysis

Section 4: Landscape Architectural Design

Section 5: Site Grading, Drainage & Construction Documents

Professor Kris Kvarfordt
Kris Kvarfordt, PLA, ASLA

Registration & Pricing

The LARE Prep Course is completely online. Each section provides one credit of USU *Continuing Education Units (CEUs). You can choose to register for specific sections you need or to take the complete course. The cost varies depending on how many sections you choose to register for and to which group you belong. The following introductory prices are good through August 2020:

USU Alumni & Current Students

Cost per section $80  
Bundled (all 5) $3751  

This averages to $75/CEU

Non-USU Students

Cost per section $95  
Bundled (all 5) $4252  

This averages to $85/CEU

Practitioners & All Others

Cost per section $110  
Bundled (all 5) $5253  

This averages to $105/CEU 

*Utah State University CEUs are offered through the Academic & Instructional Services program and may not meet continuing education requirements of professional licensing bodies.

Course Offerings

The LARE is offered three times per year, in April, August & December. To ensure students are optimally prepared to take the exam at these times, the course is offered on a semester basis. Students can progress through the courses at their own rate. However, the courses will be available to them from January to April, May to August or September to December, based on the time of registration.

As previously mentioned, students may register for individual sections of the course as needed or register for the complete course for a bundled price.


Any additional questions can be addressed to the course instructor, Kris Kvarfordt, PLA, ASLA or LAEP staff assistant, Katie Stringham.