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Qualifications - Surveyor Intern (SI) & Professional Surveyor (PS)

The Board issues and maintains licenses for Surveyor Interns (SI) and Professional Surveyors (PS).  All PS (and some SI) applications are reviewed by the Board Members and licensure is decided during the next Board meeting.  Meetings are held in January, March, May, July, September and November.  

What follows is general information on how to obtain each type of surveying license.  The Board has VERY precise education/experience requirements which are outlined in Article 8 D/E .  Please review these carefully.  Additional information may be found in the Board’s Rules by clicking “Rules/Regs/Standards” on the navigation bar above.

Surveyor Intern (SI)

Qualifications as outlined in Article 8.D.3 of the Rules:

  • a. Proof of graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying, Geomatics, Geomatics Engineering, or Spatial Information Systems with a minor or emphasis in Surveying, from a program accredited by ABET or approved by the Board; or
  • b. Proof of graduation with an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree in Surveying or Surveying Technology from a program approved by the Board; or
  • c. Proof of graduation with a baccalaureate degree from a curriculum of four (4) years or more that includes core general education courses in subsection i. (of Article 8.D.3.c.), or an engineering degree from a program that is EAC of ABET accredited. Both degrees require at least thirty (30) hours of surveying or surveying-related courses (see Rules for details). 

Additionally you must have passed the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam BEFORE applying to the Board.  Board authorization is not required to take the FS exam.  Please visit the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) website at www.NCEES.org for additional information.

Once the Board verifies this information, a Surveyor Intern license may be issued. 

      Apply for a License ONLINE

Professional Surveyor (PS)

There are two ways to qualify, either through Original or Comity Licensure

Original licensure – Means "the first PS license" and you take both the Principles & Practice of Surveying (PS) and AR State Specific Exams.  There are specific education and experience requirements in the Rules, please read carefully.

Qualifications as outlined in Article 8.E.1.c of the Rules:

  • i. Proof of graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Surveying, Geomatics, GeomaticsEngineering, Spatial Information Systems with a minor or emphasis in Surveying, from aprogram accredited by ABET or approved by the Board; or
  • ii. Proof of graduation with an Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree inSurveying or Surveying Technology from a program approved by the Board; or
  • iii. Proof of graduation with a baccalaureate degree from a curriculum of four (4) years or more that includes both core general education courses in subsection A. and surveying or surveying related courses in subsection B., or an engineering degree from a program that is EAC of ABET accredited, and at least thirty (30) hours of surveying or surveying-related courses as specified in subsection B.
  1. Completion of two years of experience; and
  2. Passing the FS exam; and
  3. Passing the PS exam; and
  4. Passing the AR State Specific Exam

In order to insure that all approved applicants have the opportunity to register with NCEES the cutoff dates are January 1 for the April exams, and July 1 for the October exams.  Applicants should take note that all documentation must be received by the cutoff date.  Applications completed after this date will be held for the next exam administration.

Approved applicants will receive PS and State Specific exam fee payment instructions.  For the PS exam, you will be directed to www.NCEES.org where you will register, log-in, sign-up and pay.  For the State Specific, you'll receive "payment due-to-the-Board" instructions. 

Exam grading takes about 6 - 8 weeks and results will be sent via emails from NCEES (PS exam) and the Board (AR State Specific).  

If you're unsuccessful, contact our office for re-admittance.  Applicants who fail three (3) times or that do not pass within 5 years after the date the application is approved must submit a new application.  

An examinee who passes both exams will be given a license number.   

Comity licensure – Means the applicant is already licensed in another jurisdiction and seeks licensure based on that license.   

Qualifications as outlined in Article 8.E.2 of the Rules:

  1. Supply proof that you are a PS in good standing in another state or jurisdiction; and
  2. Meet the requirements for original PS licensure in Arkansas’ which were in effect at the time you received your initial PS license.  A summary of Comity Professional Surveyor's Rules – 1967 to present is located on the "Rules/Regs/Standards” link at the top of the page; and
  3. Pass the FS exam; and
  4. Pass the PS exam; and
  5. Pass the Arkansas State Specific Exam.

There are allowances regarding when you took the PS exam and when you earned your experience and also about waiving the FS exam.

If approved the State Specific Exam may be taken in the Boards' office, at a convenient time other than the April or October administration dates.  Exam results take about 6 - 8 weeks and will be emailed to you.  An applicant that passes the exam will be given a license number.   

Apply for a License ONLINE, downloadable instructions for Online Application. 

Arkansas State Board of Licensure for
Professional Engineers and
Professional Surveyors

623 Woodlane Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501 682-2824
Fax: 501 682-2827
Email: pelsboard@arkansas.gov
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