LARE Preparatory Courses (Webinars)

With Ray Freeman’s retirement, we will be offering his popular series of Preparatory Courses for the Landscape Architect Registration Examination as online webinars in real time. Sarah Gronquist began her teaching career as a co-lecturer with Ray in 2005 and took them over in 2019. We are delighted to be able to continue to offer these courses.

All classes are current with the 2017 exam format, and have been updated every four months. We meet in real time, from 8:30 am (Pacific Standard Time) until around 4:30 pm PST, with an hour break for lunch. Our password-protected Zoom classroom allows us to learn from the group’s diverse practice experiences, mark up design problems on a shared screen, discuss exam issues, and establish a post-class national study network of LARE candidates. Class materials are shared several weeks before we meet as pdf documents for students to print locally. More detailed information about the 2021 and 2022 courses follows below. 

It’s very rewarding to take this virtual sabbatical with design professionals from all across North America. Feedback from 2020 has been pretty positive, see below…. Join us!

For test period December 6–18, 2021

October 22, 23, 24, 2021 (Section 3)
$350 (including registration fees)   
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October 29, 30, 31, 2021 (Section 4)
$450 (including registration fees) 
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November 6, 2021 (Section 1)
$175 (including registration fees) 
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November 7, 2021 (Section 2)
$175 (including registration fees) 
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November 12, 13, 14, 2021
$450 (including registration fees)
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For test period March 28-April 9, 2022

February 18, 19, 20,  2022  (Section 4)
$450 (including registration fees)   
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February 25, 26, 27,  2022 (Section 3)
$350 (including registration fees) 
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March 5,  2022 (Section 1)
$175 (including registration fees) 
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March 6,  2022 (Section 2)
$175 (including registration fees) 
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March 11, 12, 13,  2022 (Section 4, repeat)
$450 (including registration fees)   
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SECTION 1: PROJECT AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

This intensive one-day course focuses on preparing students to take Section 1 of the LARE. The course includes an in-depth overview of the exam and exam-specific test taking tips. The bulk of our time is spent reviewing CLARB’s test specification topics and using practice exams to assess candidates’ knowledge. Section 1 contains a lot of process-oriented material around contracts and construction administration, and students find plain, simple explanations and discussion of common project processes and roles invaluable. The Section 1 Syllabus contains approximately 110 pages of information and 140 practice questions.

SECTION 2: INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS

This intensive one-day course focuses on preparing students to take Section 2 of the LARE. The course includes an in-depth overview of the exam and exam-specific test taking tips. Similar to Section 1, we will be reviewing CLARB’s test specification topics and using practice exams to assess candidates’ knowledge. Section 2 contains a lot of information that must be memorized and we can help with sorting the work. The Section 2 Syllabus contains approximately 155 pages of information and 150 practice questions.

SECTION 3: DESIGN

Over the course of three days, we will prepare for Section 3: Design.  Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of planning and design skills that CLARB considers necessary to pass this section, and we will practice applying problem solving techniques on sample test questions in graphic and multiple response formats. The Section 3 Syllabus contains approximately 370 pages and at least 235 practice test questions. Students also receive separate packets containing 25 design advanced item type (AIT) problems with solutions, for practice during class and for follow-up study group use.

SECTION 4: GRADING, DRAINAGE AND CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION

This intensive three-day course focuses on preparing students to take Section 4. This course includes a look at material that is typically covered on the exam and strategy tips for analyzing and answering advanced item type questions (AITs). The course will include a short refresher on the fundamentals of grading and drainage. We will focus on building and reinforcing skills essential to successfully completing section 4 of the LARE. The Section 4  Syllabus contains over 400 pages of information, and includes a minimum of 210 test questions and 42 Advanced Item Type problems in separate packets that include the problem and its solution.

OTHER RESOURCES:

If you can’t make the webinar, we can mail you hardcopy, bound course materials at discounted rates. Allow 2–3 weeks for shipping. Postage/handling and CA sales tax is included in these costs.

Sections 1–2: Newly updated for 2021! Many copies of 2021 books available. Includes Syllabus book with practice tests. $100 each section.

Section 3: Many copies of the updated 2021 materials. Includes Syllabus book with practice tests, AIT problems and solutions. $250

Section 4: Many copies of the updated 2021 materials. Includes Syllabus book with practice tests, AIT problems and solutions. $275

Section O  is our concise general guide to the LARE’s current format and good strategies for test preparation. It is free to download from this page. During each course, we review this material briefly but participants are expected to familiarize themselves with these general facts prior to coming together for class.

2008 LARE Reference Manual—scanned pdf of the old reference standards

CLARB’s Eligibility Requirements by state—map here

Information about being a beta tester for our new California Supplemental Exam online course

Now you can earn CEU credits for your APLD membership! Let us know if you are an APLD member and need documentation.

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“I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all your time and effort with the class this weekend. It was very helpful, and you did great handling this new, virtual format. I didn’t think I’d like a Zoom class, but you changed that.”

“I’m extremely happy I took this course, and the Zoom format was actually helpful and efficient—more affordable doing it virtually than paying for a plane ticket and hotel. I would recommend it to everyone”

“I wish more people knew about this course. I enjoyed it so much. I wish we could have done it for four days, not just three! Thank you, Sarah, very much.”

“The course was fantastic—just what I was looking for to steer me in the right direction to prepare for Section 4.”

“Sarah is so knowledgeable and made me feel much more confident about taking the exam. As someone who takes a longer time to learn things, I appreciate how patient, considerate, and encouraging Sarah was. She wants us to succeed!”

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