A: April 2023 was the last 8-hour RPLS exam. After April 2023, all applicants will be required to take and pass the NCEES PS and the TSSE to be registered as an RPLS in Texas.
A: TBPELS began approving NCEES PS exam registrations starting May 1, 2023.
A: TBPELS will offer the first TSSE on October 13, 2023. Future exam dates are located on our Surveying Exams Page.
A: Yes. To meet the exam requirement to be an RPLS in Texas, you must take and pass the NCEES PS Examination as well as the Texas State Specific Exam (TSSE).
A: Approval to sit for these exams must come from the TBPELS Licensing and Registration Department and meet the conditions and requirements found in the statute and Board Rules Chapter 134: Licensing, Registration, and Certification for Surveyors. Here are the basic paths for taking the exams:
A: The NCEES PS exam specifications are located on the NCEES Website. This exam covers general surveying knowledge and practice. The TSSE specifications are located on our Surveying Exams Page. The TSSE was developed to supplement the NCEES PS exam and focuses on Texas specific laws, rules, practice, and procedures that are not covered in the NCEES PS exam. The TSSE exam content is based on a similar item bank to the previous RPLS exam. Knowledge of the topics covered by the PS and TSSE exams would have been necessary to pass the 8 hour RPLS exam.
A: The TSSE was built using exam specifications put together by Texas RPLS and based on similar questions and scenarios from the previous RPLS exam item bank. Therefore, questions will be similar to the questions used on previous versions of the Texas RPLS exams. The TSSE specifications will be posted starting in the spring of 2023 and will be located on our Surveying Exams Page.
A: If your application is approved, then you will be approved to take the NCEES PS exam and the TSSE exam. You may attempt each exam a maximum of 3 times in 4 years with this approval. If you are a Texas SIT, you may register to take the PS exam before your RPLS application is approved.
A: All current applications that are previously approved for RPLS or RCP exams are allowed 3 attempts for the NCEES PS exam and also allowed the number of TSSE exam attempts equal to the number of exam attempts they have left. A current Texas Surveyor-in-Training (SIT) is granted 3 attempt tickets to sit for the National NCEES PS exam before applying for the RPLS license.
A: The First TSSE exam will be offered on October 13, 2023. Beginning in 2024, the TSSE exam will be offered 3 times per year (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Exam dates are posted on our Surveying Exams Page. Once approved to take the TSSE exam, you may register for the TSSE exam for all 3 times it is offered in a year.
A: Each application approval allows for 3 PS exam attempts and 3 TSSE attempts. The exams are counted and scored separately. If you have not passed the TSSE exam in 3 attempts, then you will need to reapply after obtaining 1 year of experience since your last exam attempt, or take 6 semester hours of relevant coursework. You can continue to sit for the 3 NCEES PS exam attempts before you reapply.
A: No. Once you pass the PS exam, regardless of when you passed it, you will have a passing credential. You will only need to take and pass the TSSE exam to become licensed in Texas.
A: No. The 8hr RPLS exam was offered for the last time in April 2023. There will be no 8hr RPLS exam offered after that date. Your only option will be to take and pass both PS and TSSE exams to obtain a Texas RPLS license.
A: No. Once you pass the TSSE the board will have your score and you will not have to take the exam again.
A: No. Once you pass the NCEES PS exam the board will have your score and you will not have to take the exam again.
A: No. You may take either exam in any order. You can also continue to take exams in any order if you do not pass the first time until you have passed both exams.
A: All other requirements remain the same for your application, including the required amount of qualifying experience. Please review the statute and Chapter 134 of the Board Rules for the official requirements.
The TSSE is an in-person paper-and-pencil exam similar to the previous RPLS exam format. It is a multiple-choice exam.
A: Yes. The exam is currently planned to be held in Austin. We will post all exam dates, locations and registration deadlines on our Surveying Exams Page.
A: After October 2023, the TSSE exam will be offered 3 times per year – once in the fall, spring, and summer. All exam dates, locations, and registration deadlines are on our Surveying Exams Page.
A: The exam is designed for a maximum of 4 hours.
A: No. You can take the exams in any order. You must pass them both prior to becoming registered as an RPLS.
A: The TSSE exam fee is set by the Board. The current fee is $75 per exam registration.
A: Once you have been notified by TBPELS that your application has been approved, you can register for the next exam during the exam registration window on the TBPELS website Surveying Exams Page. You will need to submit the exam registration invoice with your $75 exam fee to the TBPELS.
A: The exams must be graded and analyzed prior to the release of the results. The timing may vary, but the board strives to release the exam results within 6 weeks of the exam date.
A: The NCEES PS exam is developed by NCEES and delivered at Pearson VUE computer based testing centers. Information about the exam format, along with exam specifications, study materials, and videos are located on the NCEES Website.
A: Once you have been notified by TBPELS that your application has been approved or your SIT certificate has been granted, you can register for the NCEES PS exam on the NCEES Website.
A: Information about the NCEES PS exam can be found on the NCEES Website. The total appointment time is approximately 7 hours—2 minutes for nondisclosure agreement, 8 minutes for a tutorial, and 6 hours for the actual exam.
A: The NCEES PS exam is a computer-based exam offered at Pearson VUE testing centers. It is offered year-round. You will need to schedule an appointment with NCEES / Pearson VUE. Go to their website to register and pick your date / location. NCEES Website.
A: The NCEES PS exam is a computer-based exam offered at Pearson VUE testing centers. You can take the exam at any available Pearson VUE testing center in Texas or any other US state. You will need to schedule an appointment with NCEES / Pearson VUE. Go to their website to register and pick your date / location. NCEES Website.
A: You will be notified by NCEES directly with your exam results. The board will then verify the results with NCEES. You do not need to notify the board of your results.
A: The current NCEES PS exam cost is $300. These exam fees are set by NCEES. For more information, check out the NCEES Website.
A: The NCEES PS exam is a computer-based exam and not a paper and pencil exam. For more information about the exam format, what you can bring to the testing center, exam preparation materials, approved calculators, and other exam information please visit the NCEES Website.