Ok I was reading the postings to this topic and am very curious. First of all, I am totally new to this field. I am in the Marine Corps and have decided that when I retire I am going to run my own Landscape Design Company. But, being in the military, I can't sustain long term customers quite yet. I deploy, and get transferred. So I am just doing small jobs for people now, and mainly concetrating on the maintenance side of the house. You know, get my feet wet and gain some valuable experience. My question is this; Do all of you guys have the proper licenses for your states? And if so, how do you go about getting them. The ASLA website talks of the LARE test. In the info it talks of formal training and experience. How does someone, who is not fortunate to live in a state with a university with a landscape program, go about getting formally educated? Also, how many of you out there have degrees? I would love to obtain a four year degree but I live in southern South Carolina with no degree programs in my area. Just curious.