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Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) Exam - Professional Land Surveyors


An applicant may qualify to take the FS exam if the applicant:

  1. Has graduated from a college or university on completion of at least a four-year curriculum in land surveying that the Board approves; or
  2. Has graduated upon completion of at least a four-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
  3. Is a high school graduate or the equivalent and has at least four 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.

Application Process

First-time Candidates
The Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam is administered only via computer at Pearson VUE Testing centers by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

To apply for the FS Exam, click on the “Apply for the Apply for the Fundamentals of Surveying Exam” link at the top of this 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.

Re-exam Candidates
After receiving initial approval to take the FS exam, you will schedule your exam times directly with NCEES.

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

Examination Sites
Sites are located throughout Maryland and the United States. Current locations are available online at the Pearson VUE website.

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.