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Comment by STEPHANIE Landregan FASLA LEED on January 22, 2015 at 9:26am

LARE Prep Courses at UCLA Extension  in Southern California

For information and to sign up click below

Questions? Contact Asmeret Bekele at (310) 825-9414 or abekele@uclaextension.edu 



Comment by Matt Mathes on October 10, 2014 at 8:53pm

Chicago + Great Lakes Region LARE Sections 1 & 2 on Friday Oct 24, Sections 3 & 4 on Saturday Oct 25, 2014

Illinois Chapter ASLA LARE Prep Workshop at IIT Campus in Chicago, Illinois

Prior session attendees are from Illinois plus Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Iowa  - affordable + great regional access - only a block from local bus stops, CTA rail to Midway airport plus regional rail line to adjacent states.

Information, Session Descriptions, Registration and Event Contact are all at this link: http://il-asla.org/meetinginfo.php?id=126&ts=1412605663

Comment by STEPHANIE Landregan FASLA LEED on October 10, 2014 at 8:29am

UCLA Extension – Section 4 – October  17-18, 2014

UCLA Extension – Section 3 – October 19, 2014

Designed   for students preparing to take LARE Section 4: Construction Documentation,   and LARE Section 3:Design

Instructor: Angela Woodward, ASLA

UCLA   Extension, 10995 Le Conte Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024, Room G33E

Section 4:

Section 3:



Advance   enrollment required; no enrollment at the door.

Amanda Wesley 


Great   Pass Rate! Sign up below:

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Comment by MLCC on August 13, 2014 at 7:02am


I don't recall if you mentioned which section you are taking. But just my 2 cents from my experience (have passed all & now licensed): The earlier the better! That's too vague tho right?

For the graphic sections, which are now sections 3 & 4, I started studying about 3 months in advance. For the other 2, I did about 6 weeks - 2 months.Several days a week.

How ever long you think it might take you, start a little bit earlier than that. Life has a lot of curve balls. A cushion will give you time to: learn more about something you had no idea was on the test and you know nothing about; you could get sick and not be able to study for a week (I got strep throat once while studying); something else could come up in your life that will detract you; etc...... I feel like the whole experience is stressful enough, I wanted my study time to be stress free, and so that I could take my time and no worry about racing against the clock.

For most people, the content on the exam does not reflect what they do on a daily basis in their jobs. Maybe some of the content, but definitely not all. So chances are you will be studying stuff that you have no idea about. I've been working for 15 years. There were things on the test that I have literally never even heard of. So start early, & let your brain take it in slowly and steadily, and you'll retain it well.

I hope this helps you!! Keep us posted & feel free to ask more questions. :)

Comment by Richard Joaquin on August 12, 2014 at 10:18pm

Thanks for the great response. Any recommendations for prep time leading up to the exam? I realize everyone studies differently and learning curves vary. Just trying to get an expectation for how long I should study per week and how long before the exam. Seems like there is quite a bit to know for this exam. Thanks for any help or guidance from everyone! Very much appreciated.

Comment by Matt Mathes on July 31, 2014 at 2:12pm


Congrats on starting your LARE Prep effort !

Yes, with 9 years in the commercial marketplace since 2005, candidates who attend my sessions do recommend the LARE entire book series as very helpful.

This might help -=in your decision making - Erik Sweet, PLA, ASLA wrote 1 book for Section D (includes Section 3 & 4 content). I wrote 2 books titled Section A (Section 1 content). Also, Glenn Acomb, FASLA wrote a Section C book (Section 3 content) as a faculty member at University of Florida. All three of us are volunteer instructors who use the entire PPI LARE book series in our live LARE review sessions for ASLA Chapters across the US. 

A long term benefit to buy and also keep your entire PPI book set, in addition to helping you pass?

Your PPI book series can be placed in a conference room or reception area of your professional office as a concise overview for office visitors (clients, allied professionals, etc.) to verify what you knew at the time of passing LARE when first becoming licensed. 

You'll find the LARE PPI books at the Cal Poly library and at CalTrans agency  regional offices where emerging professionals regularly prepare to for LARE in California - perhaps that might compelling.


Comment by Richard Joaquin on July 31, 2014 at 1:15pm

Hello all. Awesome resource here, looking to put it to use. I am beginning the process of studying for the LARE exam in December here in Northern California. I was sad to miss Ray Freeman's course at Berkeley in June, but it just didn't work out for me. Anyone have suggestions for upcoming classes to take? Also, I found a website www.ppi2pass.com (The Power to Pass) that is geared towards engineers and building professionals. They offer a complete package of study materials for the entire LARE for $368. Has anyone had experience with this website or the materials they offer? I am willing to invest the money on study materials or classes if the source is well-known and proven. Thanks for any guidance! 

Comment by Cheryl Corson on May 9, 2014 at 6:56am

LARE Prep Webinars for Sections 3 & 4 are now open for registration. These sessions are affordable and flexible as you can attend from anywhere and watch the sessions on your own schedule, as often as you like. For more information see: www.cherylcorson.com The first Section 4 session is May 15 and the first Secxtion 3 session is May 22. I finished the LARE process one year ago, and these webinars came about as a way of helping people in ways I wish I'd had help. 

Comment by Ray Freeman on May 3, 2014 at 11:31pm

Prep Courses for Sections 1&2 of the LARE in Northern California will be given in Berkeley on June 7-8, 2014. See the event page for more details.

Section 4 reviews will be given in Berkeley, CA on June 20-22, 2014 and in Raleigh, NC on July 11-13, 2014. Again, see the event page on this site for additional information on these classes.

Comment by Hilary Ann Noonan on March 16, 2014 at 11:58am

I'd like to get info on prep classes or materials in the midwest. I'm in KC. Some of the books listed on CLARB are out of print. 


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