November 2009

Education Requirements Will change for Surveyor Licensure

After July 1, 2010, surveyors applying for licensure by examination in South Carolina will be required to have a 4-year degree to meet the education requirement.  Statute 40-22-225(C) states that the minimum qualifications for licensure as a Tier A Professional Surveyor, after July 1, 2010, will be "graduation from a school or college of four or more years with a Board-approved degree, an ABET commission accredited curriculum in a related field, or a substantially equivalent program, including completed discipline-specific courses of not less than 12 semester hours or the equivalent in quarter hours satisfactory to the Board in each of the disciplines described in Section 40-22-20(24) for which the applicant is requesting licensure…..” This education requirement has been "in the works” for years, but the implementation date was set for 2010 to allow ample time for individuals to complete a two-year degree and obtain required surveying courses for licensure by June 30, 2010, if they did not wish to obtain the four-year degree.

Some applicants will take the Fundamentals of Surveying exam in April 2010 and will not know if they passed until June.  In this situation, applicants should submit the application and all documentation by June 30, 2010, even if the FS scores have not been distributed.  If the applicant passes the FS exam, he/she will be considered for eligibility to take the Professional Surveyor exam in October 2010, or later, if the completed application is filed with the Board office no later than 5 p.m. on June 30, 2010. 

The requirements for certification as a surveyor-in-training and for licensure as a Professional Surveyor are in Section 40-22-225 of the statutes.  See Regulation 49-201 for more information on licensure requirements.