Board of Landscape Architectural Examiners
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who is required to have a Certificate of Authorization?
- Businesses that are functioning as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, professional association, professional corporation, business corporation, limited liability company, joint venture, or any other legally constituted organization that practices or offers to practice landscape architecture must apply for a Certificate of Authorization if the business is advertising or offering landscape architectural services in the State of South Carolina. Individuals operating a sole proprietorship under their own name as licensed by the board are not required to apply for a Certificate of Authorization with our Board. For example, John Smith may operate in his name only, but firm licensure would be required for John Smith & Associates or John Smith, PA.
Q. What are the requirements for a Certificate of Authorization?
A. First, the firm must be registered with the SC Secretary of State prior to applying for a Certificate of Authorization with our board. Second, the responsible South Carolina Landscape Architect is no longer required to be a shareholder, partner, or officer with the firm. The firm will qualify as long as the responsible SC Landscape Architect is a full - time employee. All employees providing landscape architectural services in South Carolina must also have an individual license with our Board.
Q. If my firm offers Architectural or Engineering Services; do I have to apply for a separate Certificate of Authorization for each discipline?
A. Yes, you will need to apply for a separate Certificate of Authorization for each discipline.
Q. What is the experience requirement for licensure in SC?
A. There are four methods to apply for licensure in South Carolina, as detailed below:
Method 1 – Accredited degree in landscape architecture; two years of varied landscape architectural experience; and pass CLARB – LARE.
Method 2 – Non-accredited landscape architecture degree or four-year degree in related program; five years of varied landscape architectural experience; and pass CLARB – LARE.
Method 3 – Reciprocity. Applicant must hold a license to practice landscape architecture issued upon examination in a state or jurisdiction with requirements substantially equivalent to or more stringent than those of this state. This requirement did not change with the new legislation.
Method 4 – CLARB Certification. Applicant must submit certification documents from the Council of Landscape Architect Registration Boards (CLARB) verifying qualifications for licensure.
Q. When are license renewals?
A. Licenses are renewed biennially, on January 31 of odd years. Renewal notices with your Username and Password to access the Online Renewal System will be mailed to active licensees in early November of even years. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure their individual license and/or Certificate of Authorization is renewed by the January 31st deadline. Renewals received February 1 – March 31 of odd years are subject to a $40.00 late penalty fee. If a license is not renewed by March 31 of odd years, it will lapse.
Q. Is there a continuing education requirement for license renewals?
A. Licensees are required to report 20 hours of continuing education activities each biennial renewal period. Please click the Education tab for details on the continuing education requirement.
Q. How long can I apply for reinstatement of my license?
A. Licenses can only be reinstated for a period of two years after they lapse. If an applicant wishes to reinstate a license that has lapsed for more than two years, he/she must reapply for licensure and meet the current requirements in our law.
Q. Can I apply for reinstatement of my firm’s Certificate of Authorization?
A. No. If the firm’s Certificate of Authorization lapses, you must reapply for a new Certificate of Authorization.
Q. Can I apply for a Temporary Permit to practice landscape architecture in SC?
A. No, our Board does not offer Temporary Permits.
Q. How do I apply to take the LARE?
A. If you wish to take the C/LARE or the LARE in South Carolina, you must submit an application to the Board by the Pre-Registration deadline in order to be added to the South Carolina Pre-Approved Candidate List. Please view the information on applications for the LARE for details on requirements to sit for the exam in SC and the application process.
Q. What are the requirements to take the LARE in SC?
A. Candidates for the LARE must meet the requirements by Method I or Method I as detailed below:
Method 1 – Accredited degree in landscape architecture and two years of varied landscape architectural experience.
Method 2 – Non-accredited landscape architecture degree or four-year degree in related program and five years of varied landscape architectural experience.
Q. What is an Emeritus Landscape Architect?
A. “Emeritus Landscape Architect” is a new designation for landscape architects that are completely retired from active practice, are 65 years of age or older, and have been licensed for 10 or more consecutive years.
Q. Who should I contact if I have questions about licensure or about taking the LARE in SC?
A. You can contact the Board office at (803) 896-4408 or at email@example.com .