How to Apply - Land Surveyor

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Once you have completed the pre-licensing coursework and requirements you can apply for a license online at The application fee is $200. 

I. Education and Experience

Satisfy one (1) of the following requirements related to education and experience:

Please review

 for the five (i-v) combinations of education and experience that will be accepted. 

II. Application

1. "Upgrade Land Surveyor" Application (CORE) (Under, "My license/permits.")

2. Attachments

i. Reference

5 character references, 3 who are professional land surveyors or individuals acceptable to the board who have personal knowledge of the applicant's land surveying experience.

Reference Form

iii. Education (Transcript and Course Reporting Form)

A copy of a high school diploma or GED certificate; or a copy of an associate’s degree transcript along with a completed course reporting form; or a copy of a bachelor’s degree transcript along with a completed course reporting form.

iv. Completed Experience Verification Form:

v. Survey Plats 

Two boundary survey plats prepared by the applicant that meet Tennessee standards of practice accompanied by a property description of each survey, also written by the applicant.

vii. Firm Disclosure Form 

3. Fee, $200

III. Examination  

• Board approval is no longer required to take the Tennessee State Specific (TS) exam. All exams (Tennessee State Specific (TS), Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS), Fundamentals of Surveying(FS)) are now decoupled from required experience; proof of passage is required to be submitted alongside your application. You may register for the Tennessee State-Specific Examination with PSI

NCEES: Principles and Practices of Land Surveying (PS) 

PSI: Tennessee Specifics of Land Surveying (TS) 

Once passed, please email your exam results to the Board at, Land.Surveyors@TN.Gov

IV. Certification 

Once your license is issued a license certificate and wallet card will be mailed to the address provided on your application. 

To order a wall certificate please mail in your request with a check or money order in the amount of, $100 to the address below: 

Department of Commerce and Insurance
500 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-1146


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