Land Surveyor License Exams

NCEES Exam Information

NCEES Principals and Practice of Land Surveying (PS) 6-hr exam is a computer-based test and is offered year-round. If you have not taken the NCEES PS exam you must first apply to the board. Once you have been approved by the board office, you may register for the exam with NCEES.

To apply visit Get Your Land Surveyor License by Exam or Comity

Study guides

You may buy study materials  for the exam on the NCEES website.

Washington State Specific Exam Information

In addition to the NCEES 6-hr PS exam, applicants must also take a state specific 4-hr PS exam to become licensed as a Professional Land Surveyor in Washington State.

The state specific exam is offered twice a year in Western and Eastern Washington and is an open book exam. Materials must be bound, such as a three-ring binder, no loose-leaf papers allowed. Calculators are allowed but must follow the NCEES Calculator Policy

Study guides

Check out the Washington State Specific Land Surveyor Exam Blueprint 

You may visit the Land Surveyor Association of Washington (LSAW) website to get study materials

State Specific Exam Deadlines

Examination date

Application and reschedule deadline

March 22, 2024

Application and reschedule deadline February 23, 2024

September 20, 2024

Application and reschedule deadline August 23, 2024

** If you do not receive a response from the board office within 2-weeks of submittal, please contact the board office at engineers@brpels.wa.gov or 360-664-1575.

How to Reschedule an Exam

Complete the reschedule application and submit online or by mail.

To reschedule online, login to your account, access our service “Manage Existing Professional License or Exam Application”

  1. Click the Submitted Requests tab
  2. Click your application number
  3. Click the Reschedule Exam in the blue menu bar

After You Pass the Exams

The state specific exam results are reviewed by the board for final approval.  Board meeting information can be found on our webpage.

Make sure that we have your current mailing and email address.

If you have passed both the NCEES 6-hr exam and the state specific 4-hr exam you will receive an electronic copy of your license by email, a hard copy will arrive in 7-10 business days and the wall certificate will arrive in 8 – 10 weeks.

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