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Surveying licensure

A professional surveying license = competency

Buying or selling property. Driving down a highway. Walking a public trail. Professional surveyors (P.S.) are charged with protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public when it comes to these and many other every day activities. Earn your license and join the community of professionals who are likely to be involved in these and many other projects from beginning to end.

How to become a P.S.

Each state and territory in the United States requires those who perform the tasks defined as the practice of surveying to hold a professional surveying license. Professional surveyors must meet a combination of requirements in education, exams. Most state licensing boards require the following:


Complete the appropriate level of education in your state. Check the requirements of your state licensing board. Some require only a high school diploma, while many others require a degree from an accredited four-year surveying program.


Licensure candidates typically must pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam, the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam, and a state-specific exam. Check with your state licensing board for state-specific exam information and requirements.

Reasonable accommodations are available for examinees who meet certain eligibility criteria and sufficiently document their request.


Most states require four years of acceptable, progressive, and verifiable work experience under the supervision of a licensed surveyor.