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South Dakota Board of Technical Professions

Land Surveyors

Accredited Education Programs

Visit Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for accredited education programs in land surveying.

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Education and Experience Requirements

Applicants should refer to the Blue Book (covering South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 36-18A-29 and Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:38:30:03) for specific information regarding education requirements and SDCL 36-18A-29 and ARSD 20:38:31:01 and 20:38:31:04) for specific information regarding experience requirements for licensure as a Land Surveyor.

Exam Reference Form

Before taking the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam, you will need to have references complete and submit an Exam Reference Form (Adobe PDF format).

Exam Locations and Schedule

Visit NCEES for the surveying examinations schedule and administration information.


Continuing Education Providers

Visit National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) for information on providers of continuing education for land surveyors. Please note this link is provided as a service to licensees. It is not an endorsement from the South Dakota Board of Technical Professions. The Board does NOT pre-approve courses for those organizations offering continuing education/Professional Development Hours (PDH). Licensees should take only those courses that meet Board requirements and are pertinent to the land surveying profession.

NCEES Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Registry

NCEES provides a place for engineers and surveyors to track continuing education with supporting documentation. This is strictly a place to track information and does not approve courses or providers. It is a free service to everyone who has an NCEES account. Content may be tracked by technical, business practice, ethics, and laws and regulations categories. This will provide up-to-date tracking for each jurisdiction where an engineer/surveyor holds a license.

Surveying Documents

Compilation of South Dakota Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Land Surveyors (Adobe PDF)
History of Land Surveys in South Dakota (Adobe PDF)
Certified Land Corner Record
Cross Index Plat