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 the 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.
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 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 use the verification system available through NCEES to provide verification of your licensure and examination from the other state(s). You will need to log in to your MyNCEES account (or create one) and then follow the directions there to request verification be sent to California by the other state(s). You must also submit your completed Take Home Examination with your application.