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Land Surveying Industry Certification / Licensing


Certification as a Land Surveyor-in-Training (LSIT) is the first step required under California law towards becoming a licensed Professional Land Surveyor.

We highly recommend that students complete the FS (Fundamentals of Surveying) exam at or near the completion of their COC degree or certificate program while their varied coursework is still fresh as the exam covers a broad range of material.



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The NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) develops, administers, and scores both the FS (Fundamentals of Surveying) exam and the PS Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam which is the final step in the process to licensure. Additional information on the FS or PS exam (including exam dates, fees, exam content, sample exams, etc) can be found on the NCEES website, ncees.org/exams.

To obtain LSIT Certification from the California State Licensing Board, applicants must have the following:

Two years of postsecondary (college-level) land surveying education. [Note: LSIT applicants in the last semester or quarter of their second year of land surveying education will be considered qualified.]
OR
Two years or more of land surveying-related work experience.
OR
A combination of postsecondary (college-level) land surveying education and land surveying-related work experience totaling two years.
AND
Previously passed the NCEES FS exam.



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Additional licensure information can be found on the California State Licensing Board Website.

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