PLS State Specific 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 13, 2020 / December 1st
  • April 20, 2020 / March 1st
  • July 13, 2020 / June 1st
  • October 26, 2020 / September 1st

Surveying Exam – State Part B

TOPICS Percent of Questions*
Technical Surveying Methods and Practice 10–15%
Board Rules 30–45%
Statutes 30–45%
Law 10–15%

*As of April, 2012, these percentages are the approximate ranges for the various versions of the exam and should apply as long as the present exam format continues. Surveying Exam

State Part C

The Drainage portion of exam tests what a Professional Land Surveyor can do per General Statutes and the incidental drainage guidelines, including erosion control and surface drainage.