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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkDecember 1, 2015
License Title: Land Surveyor

License Description: Land surveyors plan, organize, and direct the work of one or more survey parties engaged in measuring distances, directions, and angles between points and elevations of points, lines, and contours on the earth's surface. They plan the fieldwork to determine the precise location of natural and constructed features of the survey project area; research legal records to look for evidence of previous boundaries; develop new data from photogrammetric records; determine methods and procedures for establishing or reestablishing survey control; keep accurate notes, records, and sketches to describe and certify work performed; and, coordinate findings with work of engineering and architectural personnel, clients, and others concerned with the project.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa, Chapter 542B; Iowa Administrative Code, Chapter 193C

Requirements for License:An applicant for licensure in land surveying must have graduated from a post-secondary course of two years or more in mathematics, physical sciences, mapping and surveying, or engineering. After successfully passing an eight-hour examination on fundamental surveying subjects, the applicant can be certified as a land surveyor intern. Those who complete four years of acceptable experience as a land surveyor intern are qualified to take the eight-hour Principles and Practice of Land Surveying examination. Licensure as a land surveyor will be granted to those who pass the second examination.

Thirty hours of continuing education (professional development hours) are required biennially for license renewal.

Application: $150 - by Comity (if licensed in another state)
$45 - by Exam - Principles & Practice
$30 - by Exam - Fundamentals
Duration: Two years
Renewal: $100 - Active
$40 - Inactive
Other: $15 - Certificate

When:The Fundamentals of Land Surveying Examination is an eight-hour closed book examination that is administered twice a year. The Principles and Practice of Land Surveying Examination, also offered twice a year, consists of a 6-hour open-book examination and a two-hour closed book Iowa Specific Land Surveying examination.

Applicants for licensure by comity from another jurisdiction who meet all other requirements for licensure must pass the two-hour Iowa Specific Land Surveyor exam to obtain a license to practice in Iowa.

License Authority:
Iowa Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Bd
Professional Licensing & Regulation Division
Iowa Department of Commerce

1920 SE Hulsizer
Ankeny IA 50021
Phone: 5152817360

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