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Applicants Eligible for Approval to take the Fundamentals of Surveying Examination (FS) meet 1 or more of the following requirements:

1)  Four-year degree or a bachelor degree in surveying approved by the Board, which degree must include a minimum of thirty hours of surveying or surveying-related courses.

2)  Four-year degree or a bachelor degree, has completed a minimum of thirty hours of surveying or surveying- related courses.

3)  Two-year degree or an associate degree in surveying or a related field approved by the Board, which degree must include a minimum of thirty hours of surveying or surveying related courses.

4)  Final Semester of a two or four-year approved surveying degree program with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.


FS Examination Application​

An application for a surveying license shall be made on forms provided by the board and include the following:

1) Completed Application

2) Applicant's education and experience;

​Official Transcripts to be sent directly to the Board Office or to be electronically sent to WVBPS@WV.GOV

Transcripts are only reviewed after the entire application is completed and received by the Board.

3)  Location and date of passage of all the examinations;

4)  References

Names of five persons for reference, at least three of whom shall be licensees or persons authorized in another jurisdiction to engage in the practice of surveying, and who have knowledge of the applicant's work; and

5)  Any other information the board prescribes.

6)  Payment of application fee shall be by Check or Money Order, payable to the West Virginia Board of Professional Surveyors (WVBPS).

*Checks returned for insufficient funds will be subject to an administrative fee and other applicable bank or regulatory charges. Repayment must be paid by cashier's check or money order.


Upon review and approval by the Board, register with NCEES

​Applicants seeking test accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should consult the NCEES website (www.ncees.org). The completed questionnaire and supporting documentation must also be submitted to the NCEES Special Accommodations Coordinator.

FS examination related expenses

​Pay NCEES directly for the FS examination related expenses during the registration process.

After Passing the FS Exam

Whenever the Board finds that an applicant has passed the FS examination, it shall issue an SI certificate which shall contain the legal name of the SI, the SI number assigned by the Board and the expiration date. All certificates shall expire ten (10) years from the passing date of the FS examination and cannot be renewed.

Surveyor intern requirements

To be recognized as a surveyor intern by the board, a person must meet the following requirements:

  • Is of good moral character;
  • Is at least eighteen years of age;
  • Is a citizen of the United States or is eligible for employment in the United States;
  • Holds a high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • Has not been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude;
  • Has completed one of the education requirements set out in section eight of this article; and (7) Has passed an examination in the fundamentals of land surveying.
  • Surveyor Intern:

Responsibilities and goals
A surveyor intern must pass the principles and practice of land surveying examination and the West Virginia examination within ten years of passing the fundamentals of land surveying examination. If the examinations are not passed within ten years, then the surveyor intern must retake the fundamentals of land surveying examination.​