An applicant may qualify if the applicant:
- Has been graduated from a college or university on completion of at least a 4-year curriculum in
land surveying that the Board approves; or
- Has been graduated upon completion of at least a 4-year curriculum that is accredited by, or is a
constituent unit of an institution accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
or the equivalent regional accrediting association of other regional areas; or
- Is a high school graduate or the equivalent and has at least 4 years of experience in land
surveying that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates that the applicant may be competent to
practice land surveying.
How to Apply
First-time applicants may download an application from the Online
Forms Page. The filing deadline for first-time applicants for the Fundamentals of Surveying
examination is 60 days prior to the examination date. See exam
schedule. First-time applicants must have an original transcript, if applicable, sent directly from
the school to the State Board, and it must be received by the deadline. Postmarks are not acceptable. The
fee is $35.
Re-examinees must apply online. Examinees who fail an
examination will receive a track number and instructions along with their results letter. The deadline to
file for re-examination is 60 days prior to the examination date. See exam schedule. The
fee varies depending on which section(s) is/are being retaken.
Approved candidates will be notified of their eligibility and, if approved, sent examination
admittance and general examination information at least 2 weeks prior to the examination.
Information about study materials for the Fundamentals of Surveying exam can be viewed at
Exam site: Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093
IMPORTANT UPDATES FS/PLS
- You must REGISTER on-line with NCEES
by the registration deadline. No fee is required for this registration. If you fail to register
with NCEES you will not be allowed to sit for the exam.
- NCEES will e-mail you 2-3 weeks before the exam with a link to download and print your exam
authorization notice. Read it carefully. You will be required to present this document along with
a valid, government-issued ID upon arrival at the exam site.
- ***PLEASE NOTE: All Land Surveying Exams will be held in the Vista Room at
- If your address changes prior to the exam, you MUST notify us in writing.
- ONLY the calculators listed below are allowed into Maryland exam sites. The NCEES
calculator policy will be strictly enforced per NCEES instructions.
NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!! As with cell phones and other electronic devices, any inappropriate
calculators will be confiscated by the proctor at the door. Calculators will be randomly checked
throughout the day. If you are found to have a calculator or any unauthorized electronic
device in your possession that is not listed below, you will be removed from the exam room and
your answer sheet will not be scored. If you have any questions concerning the NCEES
calculator policy please visit the NCESS
website before calling the Board office.
The calculators must match the numbers shown above EXACTLY.
- Hewlett Packard - HP 33S and HP 35S models, BUT no others.
- Casio - All FX 115 models; MUST contain FX-115 in its model name.
- Texas Instruments - All TI 30X and TI 36X models;
MUST contain either TI-30X or TI 36X in its model name.
Calculators not meeting the above criteria are not permitted in the exam room. Candidates are
encouraged to ensure that their calculator is on the approved list before reporting for the exam.
****THE CALCULATOR POLICY WILL BE ENFORCED FOR THE STATE PORTIONS OF THE LAND SURVEYORS EXAM AS
- PLS ONLY: Handwritten notations/notes made in reference manuals and books or on printed
hand-out materials brought into the exam site must be in ink. Notations and notes in pencil
ARE NOT PERMITTED inside the exam site. You may bring in photocopies of the original pencil
notes. All materials must be bound or in a loose-leaf binder. Staples are not acceptable fasteners
for bound reference materials. Examinees may tab their reference materials with Post-It notes
before they enter the exam site but are not permitted to bring in packets of
The Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act
in accommodating examination candidates with special needs.
Request for special testing accommodations must be reviewed and approved by NCEES (not the Board) and
must be received by them no later than 60 days prior to the exam date.
Visit the NCEES website for instructions on requesting
religious and ADA accommodations
If you request special accommodations, please send a copy of the original documents sent to NCEES to
the Exam Coordinator, 500 N. Calvert Street, Room 308, Baltimore, MD 21202.