Exams: Land surveyors

Exam schedule

Exam April exam date
(Applications due Jan. 15)
October exam date
(Applications due July 31)
Washington State Land Surveyor Exam (2-hour - open book exam) April 17, 2015 October 30, 2015
NCEES Fundamentals of Land Surveying Exam (LSIT) Computer-based testing. See the NCEES website for details. Computer-based testing. See the NCEES website for details.
NCEES Principles and Practices of Land Surveying Exam (closed book exam) April 17, 2015 October 30, 2015

Application and reschedule deadlines

Exam date Application and reschedule deadline
October exams Your application (or request to reschedule) and fee must be postmarked by July 31, 2015.
April exams Your application (or request to reschedule) and fee must be postmarked by January 15, 2015.

Exam fees

  • After you get a letter from us approving you to take the exam, you must pay the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) a separate exam fee.
  • If you don’t pay the NCEES fee by their deadline, you won’t be admitted to take the exam.
Exam application fees Fee
NCEES Land Surveyor (includes WA State PLS exam)
(Fee includes application, license, PLS state exam, and wall certificate. Fee doesn’t include separate exam fee paid to NCEES.)
$140
WA State Land Surveyor — Comity
(Fee includes application, exam, license, and wall certificate. Fee doesn’t include separate exam fee paid to NCEES)
$140

Study guides

You may purchase study materials for most exams on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website.

How to reschedule an exam

You may ask to take the next available exam by mailing a written request with a check or money order payable to the Department of Licensing for the appropriate rescheduling fee to:

Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Department of Licensing
PO Box 35001
Seattle, WA 98124-3401

Your request and fee must be postmarked by the reschedule deadlines above.

Exam rescheduling fees Fee
NCEES Land Surveyor (6-hour) $30
WA State Land Surveyor (2 hour) $100

After you pass the exam

If you pass both the NCEES 6-hour exam and the WA Specific 2-hour exam, we’ll send your:

  • License number within 4 weeks.
  • Wall certificate within 12 weeks.

Note: Please make sure that we have your current mailing address. You may look for your license number online, as it may take 2 additional weeks for your printed license to reach you.

Frequently asked questions

What if I have questions about a state-prepared exam?
Please call us at 360.664.1575 if you have questions about the Principles and Practice of Land Surveying exam.

What can I bring to the exam?
Please see the NCEES exam-day policies, for information about items allowed in the exam room. The NCEES 6-hour land surveyor exam is a closed-book exam. The Washington State 2-hour land surveyor exam is an open-book exam.

Are special accommodations available?
Yes, please see the Special accommodations page of the NCEES website for instructions on how to make arrangements for your exam.

What’s the difference between application deadlines and NCEES exam deadlines?
The application deadline is the last day you can submit your application and fee to us for approval to take an exam. The NCEES deadline is the last day you can reserve a seat for the exam after you’ve been approved to take it. You must receive approval from our office before you can register with NCEES.

If I’ve been approved to take an exam in the past, is that approval good for any upcoming exams I want to take?
It depends on the type of test:

  • If you were approved by the Washington Board for the Fundamentals of Land Surveying exam, you can go directly to the NCEES website and register for the exam.
  • If you were approved for the Professional Land Surveyor’s exam, that approval was good only for the exam you applied for. You must submit a new request and fee by the deadline to be approved for another exam.

Can I review a failed exam?
No, reviews of exams offered on behalf of or administered by the Washington board aren’t permitted. All candidates who fail a Washington-specific exam are provided a scoring breakdown in the subject areas covered by the exam.

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