The State of Iowa has a Title Law governing the profession of Landscape Architecture as outlined in Chapter 544B of the Iowa Code.

Why Licensure? 

Licensure and Registrations are important because they allow landscape architects the opportunity to affect, and protect, the public's health safety and welfare. Whether it is planning a city park or designing a public plaza, municipalities require their consultants to be licensed professionals. Without licensure, a landscape architect may be denied the opportunity to work on public projects. 

Licensure represents a level of professional achievement. Only after graduating from an accredited program, working 3 years under direct supervision of a licensed landscape architect, and passing a rigorous National three day, five-park exam can one practice as a landscape architect. 

Licensure elevates the profession. Without licensure, landscape architects may be disadvantages in the marketplace. Due to an overlap between other licensed design professions, landscape architects may not be allowed to compete for projects for which they are fully trained and capable of leading. 

Continuing Education Requirements 

As of June 6, 2007 in addition to the biennial license renewal fee, the State Licensure Board requires professional Landscape Architects to fulfill 24 continuing education hours every two years. For a complete reference of required CEU's, see the State of Iowa's Landscape Architectural Examining Board online posting

Landscape Architecture Registration Exam (L.A.R.E.) 

For additional information and study materials for the Landscape Architecture Registration Exam (L.A.R.E.) contact the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB). 

State of Iowa Licensing 

For more information regarding licensure in Iowa contact: 

Iowa Professional Licensing Division

1918 SE Hulsizer Ave. 

Ankeny, IA 50021-3941

Phone: (515) 281-7362