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Land Surveyor


A New York licensed land surveyor (LS) is a professional who uses applied mathematics and other technical and research skills to measure and plot:

  • the dimensions of any portion of the earth's surface (including natural and other structures);
  • the lengths and directions of boundary lines; and
  • the contour of the earth's surface.

Licensing Requirements

The practice of land surveying or use of the title "land surveyor" within New York State requires licensure.

To be licensed as a land surveyor in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements;
  • meet examination requirements; and
  • meet experience requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 145, Section 7206-a of New York's Education Law and Part 68 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education and Experience Requirements

To become licensed as a professional engineer in New York State you must complete a combination of education and experience for which years of credit are awarded. The credit awarded for your education determines the required number of years of experience you need:

  • A total of 6 years of credit is required for admission to the Fundamentals of Engineering examination
  • A total of 12 years of credit is required for admission to the Principles and Practice examination for licensure.

Examination Requirements

To be licensed as a professional engineer in New York State, you must pass:

  • The Part A, the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, and
  • The Part B, the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam.

Examinations are developed by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) and administered by CASTLE Worldwide, Inc. or Pearson VUE Testing Centers.

All exam applicants are required to read the "NCEES Examinee Guide" prior to being allowed to register for the exam. Please use this link to access the "NCEES Examinee Guide" at:

Fees (as of November 2, 2016)

The fee for licensure and first registration is $377.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2014, there were 33 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 25 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there are 1,477 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Education Building
Division of Professional Licensing
Services Engineering/Land Surveying Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 250

Standard Occupational Classification

17-1022 - Surveyors
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/23/16.

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