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In Section 54.1.400 of the Code of Virginia, the practice of Land Surveying includes “…surveying of areas for a determination or correction, a description, the establishment or reestablishment of internal and external land., or the determination of topography contours or location of physical improvements, and also includes the planning of land and subdivisions thereof…”. In short, Surveyors provide data relevant to the shape and contour of the Earth’s surface for engineering, mapmaking and construction projects.
A.The first step is to register to sit for the FS Exam.
The Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam is the 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 ABET accredited program. However, you may sit for the exam without a surveying degree.* The FS exam is a computer-based exam administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES approved Pearson VUE test centers.
Pursuant to VAC 10-20-300, you may sit for the FS Exam, if you meet one of the following qualifications:
(1) Be enrolled in a board-approved or ABET-accredited surveying or surveying technology curriculum, having 12 months or less remaining before completion of degree requirements, and provide a certificate of good standing from the dean of the school or his designee; or
B. Pass the FS Exam
The current pass rate is under 50%, but our Virginia Association of Surveyors offers classes to help students pass the exam with flying colors.
C. Receive SIT Designation
Apply to the APELSCIDLA Board to receive SIT designation.
D. Apply to sit for PS and Virginia Exams
The PS exam tests your ability to practice the surveying profession competently and is comprised of two parts: the first being the 6-hour NCEES administered PS exam, and the second being the APELSCIDLA administered 2-hour Virginia State Specific Exam. Pursuant to 18VAC10-20-310, it is designed for surveyors who have met the requirements of 18VAC10-20-300 described above and have gained at least four years of professional land surveying experience.
E. Additional Land Surveying License Applications
After passing the NCEES PS exam, you may be permitted to sit for the Virginia State-Specific Land Surveyor Photogrammetrist Exam.
In addition, an individual may also apply for licensure as a Land Surveyor B (LS-B) Exam. Pursuant to 18 VAC10-20-320, an applicant shall be deemed qualified for the LS-B exam when they:
(1) Hold a valid license as a land surveyor for two years;
Here you will find additional resources to learn more about the profession of surveying.