Roadmap to Becoming a Professional Surveyor (PS)
There is a basic, four step roadmap to becoming a Professional Land Surveyor (PS).
Step one is education. To be a licensed PS, you need to take relevant coursework in mapping, land surveying and similar fields of study. These courses should be accredited and accepted by your state and local licensing board.
Step two is the FS exam. FS stands for Fundamentals of Surveying and it is an exam to test your academic knowledge associated with land surveying. Once you pass your FS exam, you get the title of Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) or Surveyor Intern.
Step three is work experience. While a LSIT, you will work with Professional Surveyors to gain work experience and real-world knowledge. You are typically required to work for four years as a LSIT.
Step four is the PS exam. Professional Land Surveyor candidates take the exam on principles and practice of land surveying that is more about practical knowledge of surveying. Your work experience over the previous four years should give you the practical knowledge needed to pass your PS exam.
That’s it! Once you pass your final exam, you are now eligible to be licensed as a professional land surveyor.
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