Fundamentals of Surveying Exam (AKA FS or LIST)
IMPORTANT NEW EXAM INFORMATION
Beginning in January 2014, the Fundaments of Surveying (FS) exam will be offered solely on computer. The traditional pencil-and-paper exam
will be retired. All examinees will complete their exams at a PearsonVUE testing center.
Read through the frequently asked questions
to learn more about the transition.
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 can download an application from the Online Forms
Page. 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 Board will notify you in writing whether or not you are approved to sit for the exam. If approved, you will receive instructions on how
to register with NCEES' Examination Management System and pay the exam fee.
After receiving initial approval to take the FS exam, you will schedule your exam times directly with
Information about study materials for the Fundamentals of Surveying exam can be viewed at
The Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act in accommodating examination candidates
with special needs.
Requests for special testing accommodations can be made when registering with NCEES. For more information, visit the Special Accommodations
section on the NCEES webpage.