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Exams: Land surveyors

Exam schedule

Submit your application, or request to reschedule, and fee before scheduling your exam.

Exam testing options
Exam Exam Dates
Washington State Land Surveyor Exam (2-hour - open book exam) Application deadline: August 20, 2019
Exam date: October 4, 2019
Olympia, WA and Spokane, WA
NCEES Fundamentals of Land Surveying Exam (LSIT) Computer-based testing. Visit the NCEES website (ncees.org) for details.
NCEES Principles and Practices of Land Surveying Exam (closed book exam) Computer-based testing. Visit the NCEES website (ncees.org) for details.

Exam fees

  • After you get a letter from us approving you to take the NCEES 6-hour exam, you must pay the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES (ncees.org)) a separate exam fee.
  • If you don't pay the NCEES fee by their deadline, you won't be able to take the exam.
Exam application fees
Exam application 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.)
WA State Land Surveyor - Comity
(Fee includes application, exam, license, and wall certificate.)

Study guides

You may buy study materials (ncees.org) for the 6-hour exam on the NCEES website.

How to reschedule an exam

You may ask to take the next available exam by submitting the Reexam or Exam Reschedule Application 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

Exam rescheduling fees
Exam Fee
NCEES Land Surveyor (6-hour). Your request and fee must be postmarked by the reschedule deadlines above. $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.

Make sure that we have your current mailing address. You may look for your license number online, as it may take 2 extra 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 Washington State Land Surveyors state specific 2hr exam.

What can I bring to the exam?

Please visit 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.

Contact us if you need special accommodations for the WA State 2-hour PLS 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.

There are no deadlines for applicants only taking the WA State 2-hour PLS exam.

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're approved by the Washington Board for the Fundamentals of Land Surveying exam, visit the NCEES website (ncees.org) to 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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