Professional Land Surveyor Examinations

PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYOR EXAMINATIONS
NATIONAL & STATE-SPECIFIC

Beginning with the April 2003 examination administration, individuals wishing to become licensed as Professional Land Surveyors in California are required to pass both a national professional land surveying examination as well as a California state-specific examination. Each examination can be passed separately; however, both must be passed to become licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in California.

The national Principles and Practices of Land Surveying examination is a 6-hour examination that is developed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). This national examination is specifically designed and developed to be administered in conjunction with a state-specific examination. More information about the national Principles and Practices of Land Surveying examination can be obtained from the NCEES web site, including the test plan (exam specifications) and study materials.

At its November 18, 2011, meeting, the Board adopted the new test plan for the California State-Specific Professional Land Surveying examination. Based on the test plan adopted, the state-specific examination will be a four-hour multiple choice, computer based examination. The Test Plan for the California State-Specific Professional Land Surveying examination is now available.

At its November 18, 2005, meeting, the Board voted to begin administering the National Professional Land Surveying examination twice a year. Beginning in October 2006, the National Professional Land Surveying examination will be administered in both April and October. The 6-hour National Professional Land Surveying examination will be administered on Friday. The California State Specific Professional Land Surveying examination will continue to be administered only in April. The examinations may be passed in parts, but both parts must be passed in order to become licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in California.

Individuals who obtained licensure in other states by taking and passing the national Principles and Practices of Land Surveying examination may apply for licensure in California via comity. The Board will waive the requirement for taking and passing the national Principles and Practices of Land Surveying examination upon verification that an applicant has already taken and passed this examination in another state. All applicants must still pass the California State-Specific Professional Land Surveying examination in order to become licensed in California as a Professional Land Surveyor.

Information about applying for licensure as a Professional Land Surveyor, including via comity, as well as the application and instructions for completing it, is available here.

Click here for information regarding the upcoming examination dates, as well as the final filing dates for applications.