Department of Labor and Regulation

Board of Technical Professions

Land Surveyors

Archived License Numbers for Land Surveyors

Compilation of South Dakota Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Land Surveyors (in Adobe .pdf format*)

Accredited Education Programs

Education and Experience Requirements

History of Land Surveys in South Dakota (in Adobe .pdf format*)

Planning to Take the Exam - Dates and Deadlines to Apply

Exam Reference Form

Taking the Exam - Locations and Schedule

Fees

Forms and Applications

Licensure by Comity/Reciprocity

Continuing Education Requirements

Continuing Education Providers

Professional Development Hours (PDH) Log

Accredited Education Programs

Visit the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) website for assistance in locating accredited education programs in land surveying. Information regarding other surveying education programs which are normally acceptable to the land surveying profession is available through the various state professional surveying associations, the National Society of Professional Surveyors, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), and the educational institutions providing such surveying education programs.

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Education and Experience Requirements

Licensure as a land surveyor involves completing three main components, which are education, experience and examinations. Although no surveying experience is required, an individual must have completed and/or be enrolled in at least 18 semester credit hours of surveying courses before being eligible to apply to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. Upon passing this FS exam, the individual is enrolled as a land surveyor intern and begins internship in the land surveying profession.

Normally, an individual must have earned a baccalaureate degree or an associate degree in surveying or a related technical program, completed at least 24 semester credit hours of surveying courses, and gained a minimum of four or seven years, respectively, of qualifying land surveying experience under the direct supervision of licensed land surveyors prior to being eligible to apply to take the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam. Upon approval of the application by the Board and passing the PS exam as well as the South Dakota surveying take home exam and the South Dakota take home exam on laws and rules, the individual is licensed as a land surveyor and may begin to legally practice the profession of land surveying.

Applicants should refer to the Blue Book, Page 14 (covering South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 36-18A-29) and Page 34 (covering Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:38:30:03) for specific information regarding education requirements for licensure as a Land Surveyor. Applicants should refer to the Blue Book, Page 14 (covering SDCL 36-18A-29) as well as Pages 35 and 36(covering ARSD 20:38:31:01 and 20:38:31:04) for specific information regarding experience requirements for licensure as a Land Surveyor. For qualified applicants who desire to apply for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) examination prior to December 31, 2015 or for qualified applicants who desire to apply for the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) examination prior to December 31, 2022, please contact the Board for a copy of the education and experience requirements which were in effect on January 1, 2011.

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Planning to Take the Exam - Dates and Deadlines to Apply

Both the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam and the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam are administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), whereas the South Dakota take home exam on laws and rules is administered by the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions.

Applicants for the PS exam will also be required to pass the South Dakota surveying take home exam, which will be mailed to the applicant upon approval of the application. Through 2013, the FS and PS exams are offered as paper and pencil exams once during the month of April and once during the month of October at two designated exam sites in South Dakota. Starting in 2014, the FS exam will be offered as a computer-based exam at two designated testing centers in South Dakota. In the years following 2014, the PS exam will eventually be converted over to a computer-based exam and offered at the designated testing centers. The computer-based exams will be offered during eight months of the year, and applicants may chose an available appointment date to take the exam in a test center.

Applicants for either the FS or PS exams should refer to the Blue Book, Pages 37 and 39 (covering ARSD 20:38:32:01 and 20:38:32:04) for specific information regarding examination requirements for licensure as a Land Surveyor. Applicants should refer to the Blue Book, Pages 32-33 (covering ARSD 20:38:29) for specific information regarding application procedures and deadlines for submitting applications to the Board. Applicants should visit the NCEES website for information regarding scheduled dates for surveying examinations.

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Exam Reference Form

Before taking the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam, you will need to have references complete and submit an Exam Reference Form (in Adobe .pdf format*). Applicants for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam under the old January 1, 2011 rules and qualified with a two-year degree plus two years of experience OR with no degree plus four years of experience must also submit references on the exam reference form. References are not required for four-year program applicants for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam under the old January 1, 2011 rules as well as for either two-year or four-year program applicants who have 18 semester credit hours of surveying courses either completed and/or in progress as specified in the current administrative rules in the Blue Book.

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Taking the Exam - Locations and Schedule

Visit the NCEES website for information regarding scheduled dates for surveying examinations. After registering for an examination, specific information will be provided by NCEES regarding the location and schedule for taking the examination as well as other specific instructions relating to the examination.

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Fees

Please visit our Fees Web page for information on fees for application and examination for land surveyors which are payable to the Board. Fees for national surveying examinations will also need to be paid to NCEES upon registering for these examinations with NCEES.

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Forms and Applications

The forms and applications listed below are available in Adobe .pdf format* unless otherwise noted.

Application to take the Fundamentals of Land Surveying (FS) Exam - Complete and submit online [or print, then complete the Application to take the Fundamentals of Land Surveying (FS) Exam (in Adobe .pdf format*) and submit it and the fee by mail]
  
(for senior status and graduates of a four year Accreditation Board for
  Engineering and Technology (ABET) program per old January 1, 2011 rules)

Application to take the Fundamentals of Land Surveying (FS) Exam - Complete and submit online
 
(for those with a two year degree plus two years of experience OR no degree
  plus four years of experience per old January 1, 2011 rules)

For a copy of the old January 1, 2011 rules as they apply to education and experience requirements for land surveying, please contact the Board office.

For applicants who are enrolled in and/or completed 18 semester credit hours of surveying education per current rules, contact the Board office for the application form to take the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam.

Application to take the Land Surveyor (PS) Exam (Applicants must have passed the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam.)

Certified Land Corner Record

Cross Index Plat

Please visit our Forms and Applications Web page for any additional forms needed.

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Licensure by Comity/Reciprocity

Before providing or offering to provide any land surveying services on projects located in South Dakota, you must be licensed in South Dakota. In order to apply for licensure, you will need to complete and submit forms listed below. Refer to the Blue Book, Pages 41-42 (covering ARSD 20:38:34) for specific information regarding comity licensure requirements.

Comity/Reciprocity Application (can be completed online)

Comity Reference Form (in Adobe .pdf format*) (Must be completed by your references and then submitted to the Board, if such references showing experience gained under direct supervision of licensed land surveyors are not already contained in a NCEES record being submitted to the Board.)

Due Dates for Comity/Reciprocity Applications

The completed application form along with all of the required supporting documentation must be received by the Board office by the following deadline for consideration at the respective Board meeting.

January 1 for January Board meeting
March 1 for March Board meeting
May 1 for May Board meeting
July 1 for July Board meeting
September 1 for September Board meeting
November 1 for November Board meeting

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Continuing Education Requirements

Individual licensees are expected to maintain their professional competency by participating in continuing education activities throughout their practicing career. Generally, licensees are expected to earn a minimum of 30 professional development hours (PDH) during each two years of licensure and demonstrate their compliance with this minimum requirement by submitting a "PDH log" showing their completed continuing education activities at the time of renewing their individual license. A maximum of 10 PDH can be earned in professional management subjects, with the balance being earned in technical subjects relating to their land surveying practice.

Individual licensees should refer to the Blue Book, Page 17 (covering SDCL 36-18A-39) and Blue Book, Pages 42-45 (covering ARSD 20:38:35:01-10) for specific information regarding continuing professional development requirements for maintaining licensure as a Land Surveyor.

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Continuing Education Providers

Visit the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) website for information on providers of continuing education for land surveyors. Please note this link is provided as a service to licensees. It is not an endorsement from the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions. The Board does NOT pre-approve courses for those organizations offering continuing education/Professional Development Hours (PDH). Licensees should take only those courses that meet Board requirements and are pertinent to the land surveying profession.

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Professional Development Hours (PDH) Log

Professional Development Hours (PDH) Log -
  Choose [Adobe .pdf format*] or [Microsoft Excel format]

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Contact Us

2525 W. Main St., Suite 211
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: 605.394.2510
Fax: 605.394.2509
email: sdbtp@state.sd.us

Mark Humphreys, Executive Director
email Mark

Kathryn Patterson, Senior Secretary
email Kathryn

Susan Neuf, Secretary
email Susan

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184