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Principles and Practice of Surveying Exam - Professional Land Surveyors

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Requirements

An applicant may qualify for the Principles and Practice of Surveying exam by meeting the educational and experience requirements specified in one of the following subsections of the Professional Land Surveyors law:

Subsection 15-305(b) - Approved curriculum option, two to four years' experience.
An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
  (1) has graduated on completion of at least a four-year curriculum from a college or university that is accredited by or is a constituent unit of an institution accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities or the equivalent regional accrediting association of other regional areas;
  (2) beginning on October 1, 2023, possesses a minimum of 32 credit hours of land surveying-related courses that the Board approves;
  (3) (i) on or before September 30, 2017, has at least two years of experience in land surveying that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant may be competent to practice land surveying; or
    (ii) beginning on October 1, 2017, has at least four years of experience in land surveying that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant may be competent to practice land surveying; and
  (4) has passed the following examinations:
    (i) fundamentals of surveying;
    (ii) the principles and practice of surveying; and
    (iii) unless excused by the Board, state-specific examination modules specified and approved by the Board that pertain to the practice of surveying in the State.

Subsection 15-305(c) - Approved curriculum option, four to six years' experience.
An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
  (1) applies for a license on or before December 31, 2023;
  (2) has graduated on completion of at least a four-year curriculum from a college or university 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;
  (3) (i) on or before September 30, 2017, has at least four years of experience in land surveying that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant may be competent to practice land surveying; or
    (ii) beginning on October 1, 2017, has at least six years of experience in land surveying that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant may be competent to practice land surveying; and
  (4) has passed the following examinations:
    (i) fundamentals of surveying;
    (ii) the principles and practice of surveying; and
    (iii) unless excused by the Board, State-specific examination modules specified and approved by the Board that pertain to the practice of surveying in the State.

Subsection 305(d) - Nonacademic option -- 12 years work experience.
  (1) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
    (i) applies for a license on or before December 31, 2025;
    (ii) is a high school graduate or the equivalent;
    (iii) subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, has at least 12 years’ experience in land surveying that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant may be competent to practice land surveying; and
    (iv) has passed the following examinations:
      1. the principles and practice of surveying; and
      2. unless excused by the Board, State-specific examination modules specified and approved by the Board that pertain to the practice of surveying in the State.
  (2) For each 30 semester hours or its equivalent that an applicant completes in land surveying-related courses that the Board approves, the Board may allow a one-year credit towards the experience requirements of paragraph (1)(iii) of this subsection for a maximum of three years.

Subsection 305(e) - Nonacademic option -- Credit hours; four years work experience.
  (1) An applicant qualifies under this section if the applicant:
    (i) is a high school graduate or the equivalent;
    (ii) beginning on October 1, 2023, possesses a minimum of 32 credit hours of land surveying-related courses that the Board approves;
    (iii) subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, has at least four years of experience in land surveying that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates to the Board that the applicant may be competent to practice land surveying;
    (iv) has passed the following examinations:
      1. fundamentals of surveying;
      2. the principles and practice of surveying; and
      3. unless excused by the Board, State-specific examination modules specified and approved by the Board that pertain to the practice of surveying in the State.
  (2) For each 30 semester hours or its equivalent that an applicant completes in land surveying-related courses that the Board approves, the Board may allow a one-year credit towards the experience requirements of paragraph (1)(iii) of this subsection for a maximum of three years.

Required Experience
Applicants must demonstrate in their applications that they possess the required experience as outlined in the Guidelines for Experience Requirements for Professional Surveyor License chart.

Minor Engineering - An applicant for the principles and practice examination shall have two years of experience generally known as "minor engineering experience." An applicant may be able to meet a two-year experiential requirement set forth in this regulation by the following methods acceptable work experience, acceptable education; or a combination of acceptable work experience and acceptable education.

Educational Equivalency - In order to meet the minor engineering requirement, an applicant may claim three semester credit hours as an equivalent of six months of minor engineering experience after the completion of courses of instruction in the following areas: hydraulics; surface water hydrology; route surveying or road design; storm drainage system design; storm water management design; sediment and erosion control design; or infiltration. These courses must be offered by a university, community college, professional surveying organization, or other qualified provider acceptable to the Board. For more details, see COMAR 09.13.07.04.

Application Process

First-time Candidates
The filing deadline for first-time applicants for the Principles and Practice 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.

Re-exam Candidates
Re-examinees must apply online using the link at the top of this page. Examinees who fail an examination will receive a track number and instructions along with a results letter. The deadline to file for re-examination is 60 days prior to the examination date. See exam schedule. The fee for re-examination is the total of the exam fee(s) plus the $60 test administration fee.

Approved candidates will be sent examination admittance and general examination information at least two weeks prior to the examination.

Study Materials
Information about study materials for the Principles and Practice of Surveying exam can be viewed at NCEES.

Exam Information
Exam site: Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093

You must REGISTER online 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.

You will be required to present a valid, government-issued ID upon arrival at the exam site.

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.

  • 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.

The calculators must match the numbers shown above EXACTLY.

****THE CALCULATOR POLICY WILL BE ENFORCED FOR THE STATE PORTIONS OF THE LAND SURVEYORS EXAM AS WELL****

Special Accommodations
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 website.