Laws & Licensing


To practice any discipline of surveying, as a licensed professional, an individual must pass a “minimum standards” exam, administered through the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), accompanied with a period of internship working with a Licensed Professional Surveyor.

Since the state laws regarding the practice of surveying can vary from state to state, each state has its specific requirements for licensure.

Although requirements may be similar, one must be licensed in each state in which they intend to practice.

A Community College or University education consisting of an Associates Degree or Bachelors Degree in land surveying will provide valuable knowledge needed to begin a successful career in surveying.

For exam dates, click here.

License Requirements

To work as a Professional Surveyor in any state, one must be licensed by the State’s Licensing Board..

To learn more information about obtaining a surveyor’s license in the respective states, visit the website of NCEES click here.