Computer Based State Specific Surveying Exam

The state exam tests an applicant’s knowledge of the laws, procedures and practices pertaining to land surveying in North Carolina, which includes testing what a PLS can do per G. S. 89C and the incidental drainage guidelines with respect to erosion control and surface drainage. This is an open book exam administered at the Board office. Applicants may bring bound reference materials and a calculator as approved by NCEES (Approved Calculators).

The state exam is administered four times a year:

Exam Period & Deadline for Completed Application

  • January 25, 2021 / January 11th
  • April 19, 2021 / April 5th
  • July 19, 2021 / July 6th
  • October 25, 2021 / September 13th

Computer Based State Specific Surveying Exam

TOPICS Percent of Questions
Technical Surveying Methods and Practice 24%
Board Rules 24%
Licensing Related Statutes (16%)

Practice Related Statutes and Common Law (20%)

Drainage 16%