Land Surveyor License Exams

Exam Schedule

Submit your application, or request to reschedule, and fee before scheduling your exam.

Beginning with the April 2020 exam administration, the Washington State Specific Land Surveyor's exam is now 4 hours.

State Specific Exam Blueprint

Check out the Washington State Specific Land Surveyor Exam Blueprint effective April 2020.

Exam Testing Options

Washington State Land Surveyor Exam (4-hour - open book exam) - Olympia and Spokane

Examination date

Application and reschedule deadline

April 9, 2021 Application and reschedule deadline March 5, 2021
September 24 2021 Application and reschedule deadline August 31, 2021

 

WA NCEES Fundamentals of Land Surveying Exam (LSIT)

Computer-based testing. Visit the NCEES website (ncees.org) for details. NCEES Principles and Practices of Land Surveying Exam (closed book exam) Computer-based testing. Visit the NCEES website (ncees.org) for details.

Exam Fees

After you get a letter from us approving you to take the NCEES exam, you must pay the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES (ncees.org)) a separate exam fee.

Exam Application Fees Fee
NCEES Land Surveyor (includes WA State PLS exam)
(Fee includes application, license, PLS state exam, and wall certificate. Fee doesn't include separate exam fee paid to NCEES.)
$140
WA State Land Surveyor - Comity
(Fee includes application, exam, license, and wall certificate.)
$140

Study Guides

You may buy study materials (ncees.org) for the exam on the NCEES website.

How to Reschedule an Exam

You may ask to take the next available exam by submitting the Reexam or Exam Reschedule Application with a check or money order payable to the Department of Licensing for the appropriate rescheduling fee to:

Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Department of Licensing
PO Box 3777
Seattle, WA 98124-3777
Exam rescheduling fees
Exam Fee
NCEES Land Surveyor. Your request and fee must be postmarked by the reschedule deadlines above. $30
WA State Land Surveyor (4 hour) $100

After You Pass the Exams

If you pass both the NCEES exam and the WA Specific 4-hour exam, we'll send your:

  • License number within 8 weeks.
  • Wall certificate within 12 weeks.

Make sure that we have your current mailing address. You may look for your license number online, as it may take 2 extra weeks for your printed license to reach you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have questions about a state-prepared exam?

Please call (360) 664-1575 if you have questions about the 4-hour Washington State Specific Land Surveyors exam.

What can I bring to the exam?

Please visit NCEES exam-day policies, for information about items allowed in the exam room. The NCEES land surveyor exam is a closed-book exam. The Washington State 4-hour land surveyor exam is an open-book exam.

Are special accommodations available?

Yes, please see the Special accommodations page of the NCEES website for instructions on how to make arrangements for your exam.

Contact us if you need special accommodations for the WA State 4-hour PLS exam.

If I've been approved to take an exam in the past, is that approval good for any upcoming exams I want to take?

It depends on the type of test:

  • If you're approved by the Washington Board for the Fundamentals of Land Surveying exam, visit the NCEES website (ncees.org) to register for the exam.
  • If you were approved for the Professional Land Surveyor's exam, that approval was good only for the exam you applied for. You must submit a new request and fee by the deadline to be approved for another exam.

Can I review a failed exam?

No, reviews of exams offered on behalf of or administered by the Washington board aren't permitted. All candidates who fail a Washington-specific exam are provided a scoring breakdown in the subject areas covered by the exam.