Blake Rhinehart

  • To see the LARE reviews I am scheduled to teach in the fall of 2016, please go to the EVENTS link of this web-site.

  • I don’t look at it as older folks helping younger folks but rather peers helping peers. As Matt has heard me say, more than half of the folks in my Corson Learning webinars are over 40 and sitting for the LARE. I respect those who took the UNE for their fortitude. I don’t think I could do that in one day in some stiflingly hot state fairground…[Read more]

  • Agreeing with and endorsing J. Robert Wainner’s comments posted on Jan. 25, July 28 and Oct. 23, if each licensed professional reached out to help only 1 active LARE candidate, the profession grows. Design construction professions similar to landscape architects each have paid and pro-bono prep instructors as well as free and commercial study…[Read more]

  • Bob, not everyone has access to someone like you! And the LARE prep classes were started to tackle how to teach more than one candidate at a time. I would say most of the LARE prep providers are doing this for the same reason you do, but they can’t do it for free.

    The world is different from when you took the UNE, so is medicine and other…[Read more]

  • When the new format was instated, the record holder fee covered a whole year, so that you could save a little bit of money by attempting to take the exam sections either together or as Tony did, a week apart without a “new” application fee. I like Tony’s suggestion. Rebooting takes about a week, and with the window for exams, could easily be…[Read more]

  • Hi Tony.  After attending a review session by Matt Mathes last year, it was recommended to take 1 & 2 together and 3 & 4 together.  This was because there was a certain amount of overlap between these sections which made for better studying.  I took 1 & 2 on back to back days last year in December due to the distance I had to travel to take the ex…[Read more]

  • Hello Tony, When I took the old format Sections A & B, I did so on consecutive mornings. Those exams aren’t as long as Sections 3 & 4, so this can be done. When I used the same strategy on the new format Sections 3 & 4, I failed Section 4 by a little bit, retook it by itself in the next exam cycle and passed. Good luck to you!

  • I’m looking to take Sections 1 & 2 during the December session, as I’ve read many people do. It is unclear when people say they took sections “together” if they are taking both sections back-to-back in the same day or spacing it out over the course of the examination window. One has the advantage of less time off work, the other gives time to…[Read more]

  • Mr. Wainner is entitled to his opinion, however no review course on the LARE or any other professional licensing exam is ever free to the candidates. The ASLA, various extension programs, and many state chapter charge fees for live or web-based reviews. In the past, CLARB charged serious fees for study aids including “The Road to Licensure” and…[Read more]

  • Vladamir might consider one of UCLA’s live prep sessions.
    Responding to J. Robert Wainner’s comment, my donated time for travel, to organize and teach LARE live prep sessions is all pro-bono since 1995. My live prep sessions thru Chapters reach many active LARE candidates, during past 3 years for 7 to 9 sessions a year.  Agreeing with 1 part of…[Read more]

  • J.Robert Wainner, thank you for your comments. I think your attitude towards LARE is very common to those of us who have struggled to pass. The extreme cost has never out weighed the benefit and that’s a very unfortunate fact. Maybe thats why we have such a low number of LA’s…..have we neared the high 5000’s yet?

  • The next generation of Cheryl Corson’s LARE Prep webinars is now online. See for easy to stream videos, moderated chat room, easy access to live Q&A sessions and simplified PayPal payment options. Modest prices include one year of unlimited access. Corson Learning webinars support the new format LARE Sections 3 & 4. 

  • 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…[Read more]

  • Richard-
    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…[Read more]

  • Matt,

    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…[Read more]

  • Richard,
    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 book…[Read more]

  • 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[Read more]

  • 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: The first Section 4 session is May 15 and the first Secxtion 3 session is May 22. I…[Read more]

  • 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.

  • 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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