Become a Surveyor
Last update: 10 Apr 2014
In Wisconsin a surveyor must be licensed to perform property surveys. The skills needed include technical competency, knowledge of contemporary and historic legal principals, strong communication skills and the ability to problem solve.
Each state has its own surveying licensure requirements. Most require a combination of education and experience.
There are two different education and experience paths to become licensed in Wisconsin:
- Completion of an accredited four year land surveying program or an accredited four year Civil Engineering program plus two years of experience.
- Associates Degree In Land Surveying, or a related degree which includes at least 12 credits in Surveying, plus four years of experience.
Not just any surveying experience counts toward licensure. Land surveying concerns property boundaries, therefore most of the qualifying experience must be in that area. Specific practice areas are defined in Wis Administrative Code A-E 6.03
All methods of licensure also require succesful completion of two written examination. These are the Fundamentals of Land Surveying and the Principals and Practice of Surveying, each eight hours long.
Another method to gain Wisconsin licensure is through reciprocity. Reciprocity is the granting of a license based on the same licensure from in another state. For example, a professional surveyor in Michigan could apply for a Wisconsin licensure. The requirements of the originating jurisdiction must be the same as or more strict than Wisconsin's. Often the applicant is required to take at least the state portion of the PPS exam to demonstrate familiarity & knowledge of Wis laws and practice.
These Wisconsin Institutions offer qualifying Associate Degrees
Gateway Technical College - Wisconsin
Madison Area Technical College - Wisconsin
Milwaukee Area Technical College - Wisconsin
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College - Wisconsin
There are no four-year programs in Wisconsin (yet) but qualifying degrees are offered by these schools in neighboring states:
Ferris State University - Michigan
Michigan Technological University - Michigan
St. Cloud State - Minnesota
Some of the Associate Degree programs have articulation agreements with someof the four-year programs.