How to Apply - Land Surveyor-in-Training

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  • ALL progressive experience is now under the direct supervision of a Professional Land Surveyor.
  • Experience can be accrued before taking the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam.
  • A Land Surveyor in Training (PLSIT) certificate is a prerequisite to Land Surveyor licensure. The experience obtained as a Land Surveyor in Training (PLSIT) can be applied toward the total experience required for the Land Surveyor license. Applicants with an active license in at least one other state or jurisdiction may apply by Comity without first acquiring the Land Surveyor in Training (PLSIT) certificate.


Step 1: Examination

Applicants who wish to sit for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam in Tennessee may register directly with NCEES at, No prior approval is required.

Once the applicant has passed the FS exam, they should submit the Professional Surveyor-In-Training application on CORE to obtain PLSIT certification in Tennessee.

If an applicant did not take the FS in TN they will need to provide a verification from the state they took it in.


Step 2: Application 

Once you’ve passed the FS it’s time to submit your PLSIT application. You’ll be required to demonstrate to the Board which of the approved licensure paths you intend to satisfy. Each requires its own combination of education and experience. Applicants are required to indicate the pathway in which they are seeking licensure in accordance with current requirements. These pathways can be reviewed on our website under the Registration by Exam tab.

You are required to submit the following with your Professional Land-Surveyor-in-Training (PLSIT) application:

I. "Initial Land Surveyor In Training Application" CORE

II. Applicants are required to provide three (3) references, one (1) being a Professional Land Surveyor (PLS). This form must be completed and sent to the Board directly by the reference via email at Land.Surveyors@TN.Gov.

III. Applicants are required to provide the board with official transcripts. These transcripts are to be sent to the board directly by the university (or the transcript service utilized by the university) via email at Land.Surveyors@TN.Gov.

IV. Attachments

    1. Applicants applying via education methods 2-4 must provide the course reporting form. This form can be found on our website here.  
    2. Applicants applying via education methods 4 & 5 must provide the Experience Verification Form. This form can be found here. This form must also be sent in directly by the Land Surveyor who is verifying the experience.
    3. Proof of passage of the Fundaments of Surveying (FS) exam

IIV. Fee, $25


Once all documents are received, applications are transmitted to the board for their review. Once transmitted, the review process takes approximately 4 weeks to complete. Once a certificate is issued, a decorative wall certificate will be mailed to the address we have on file for you. Please allow adequate time for this certificate to arrive (approximately 16 weeks).

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