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NCEES surveying exam registration

In the United States, surveyors are licensed at the state level by professional licensing boards. Surveying boards confer the P.S. license when licensure candidates meet a combination of requirements in education, experience, and exams. Before registering for an upcoming NCEES surveying exam, review your state's unique approval and registration process by selecting your state or territory from the map or drop-down list below.

The FS and PS exams are administered via computer-based testing. Registration is open year-round. Contact your state licensing board directly for information about state-specific surveying exams.

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Looking to practice in multiple states?

Many professional surveyors find that their careers require them to be licensed in more than one state. To do this, a P.S. must apply for comity licensure in additional states. NCEES Records is a service designed for surveyors seeking comity licensure.

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Learn more about your surveying exam

NCEES develops and scores the FS and PS exams for surveying licensure. The FS exam is generally your first step in the process to becoming a professional licensed surveyor (P.S.). It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate surveying degree from an EAC/ABET accredited program. The PS exam tests your ability to practice the surveying profession competently. It is designed for surveyors who have gained at least four years of professional experience.

Select an exam from the field below to learn more about how passing your surveying exam can help you advance in your path to licensure.

Exam prep materials

We at NCEES believe that nothing prepares you better than working through actual exam questions. So that’s what we provide. Our exam prep materials include questions that have been used on past exams and questions written just to give you extra practice.

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NCEES seeks volunteers for Fundamentals of Surveying exam content review
NCEES is currently seeking surveying professionals to participate in a content review for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. The results of this survey will be used to update the specifications for the exam, which is typically the first step in the process leading to professional surveying licensure. NCEES requires a cross section of professionals—including...

NCEES reaches settlement with test prep company over allegations of copyright infringement
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and a test preparation company for certain NCEES exams have reached an $800,000 settlement agreement regarding allegations of the unauthorized use of copyrighted practice questions belonging to NCEES. The agreement was finalized March 15, 2018. In addition to the settlement payment, the test preparation company...

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