Application for Professional Land Surveyor Examination

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS - An applicant for licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor must meet the educational and experience requirements outlined in section 8742 of the Business and Professions Code, performing two or more of the activities listed in section 8726 (a) through (g) and (l). The experience requirements must be met under the immediate direction and supervision of a Professional Land Surveyor or a Civil Engineer who is authorized to practice land surveying. Each applicant shall be granted credit towards the six years of qualifying experience based on no more than one of the following alternatives (they may not be combined):

  • A maximum of four years experience will be granted for graduation from a Board-approved curriculum with an emphasis in land surveying. Sealed transcripts must be provided to receive experience credit.
  • One-half year of experience will be granted for each year of study in a Board-approved curriculum without graduation. Sealed transcripts must be provided to receive experience credit.
  • Registration as a Civil Engineer shall be considered as equivalent to four years experience, provided that education credit or LSIT credit is not also claimed.

LSIT WAIVER - The LSIT requirement (see section 8741 of teh PLS Act) may be waived provided an applicant meets any one of the following conditions:

  • Has a valid license as a Civil Engineer in California.
  • Is a graduate of an approved four-year land surveying curriculum and submits satisfactory evidence of 15 years or more of qualifying experience. Proof of graduation (transcripts) must be submitted.
  • Is a graduate of a non-approved land surveying curriculum, with a B.S. degree or equivalent, and submits satisfactory evidence of 17 years or more of qualifying experience. Proof of graduation (transcripts) must be submitted.
  • Holds a valid LSIT certificate from another state.
  • To apply for a waiver of the LSIT exam, you must complete the Professional Land Surveyor Application form and check the box indicating that you are specifically seeking a waiver. Documents to substantiate that you meet the above requirements must be included with the application.

Beginning with the October 2010 administration, ALL applicants will be required to register for the examination with NCEES in addition to submitting their application and fee to the Board. This new process will apply to all applicants, including those who are re-filing or retaking an examination.

NCEES registration will be open 24 hours a day during the open registration period. Applicants will need to register on the NCEES web site as well as submitting all of the required application materials and fees to the Board. Applicants will not be allowed to sit for the examinations if they have not met the Board's requirements and have registered with NCEES.

COMITY APPLICATION- An applicant who obtained licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor in another state by taking and passing the national Land Surveyor examination must register online with NCEES, complete the application and pass the four-hour California State-Specific Land Surveyor examination to become licensed to practice in California. Please check the box for comity ONLY if you hold a valid Professional Land Surveyor license in another state. You must also submit a completed Verification of Registration form from the states where you were originally examined and licensed. (If the state will not release the verification form to you, you must indicate in the Remarks section of the application that you have requested a verification form to be sent to the Board. If you have not received the verification form by the Final Filing Date, you must indicate in the Remarks section of the application when you requested it; no extensions of the Final Filing Date will be given.) You must also submit your completed Take Home Examination with your application.

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