Surveyor In Training (SIT)

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Application Process Exam Continuing Education Transfer SIT from Another State Renewal

If you are interested in land surveying, the Surveyor in Training (SIT) certification is the beginning point. SIT certification allows you time to obtain additional education and/or experience as you move towards licensure as a Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS).

Only after all documents required are completed and submitted to the Board can an applicant be reviewed for approval. Once a decision has been reached by the Board in regard to an application, the applicant will be emailed the results of the review. If the application is rejected, the applicant will be told what they must supply to the Board in order for their application to become approved. Incomplete applications, miscellaneous application materials that have been sent to the Board and rejected applications will be held for a period of one year at the Board office before being discarded. Please contact licensing at the Board office if you should need any assistance.

There are five different ways to qualify to take the exam and upon passing, become an SIT:
1. hold a Bachelor of Science in surveying;
2. hold a Bachelor’s degree with 32 hours in civil engineering, land surveying, math, photogrammetry, forestry, land law or the physical sciences and one year of experience working under a RPLS;
3. hold an Associate’s degree in surveying and have two years of experience working under a RPLS
4. have 32 hours in land surveying courses and two years of experience working under a RPLS; or
5. graduated from high school, have four years of experience working under an RPLS, and can prove you are self-educated in land surveying.

Application Process

The following documents/items are required to complete an application to take the NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying Exam (SIT Exam):

1. Surveyor In Training (S.I.T.) Application
All questions must be answered. Failure to complete any portion of the application form will disqualify your application from the Board review.  This application must be accompanied by a check or money order (unless applicant is a military service member - see section 2).

Application Form

2. Application Payment
The application fee of $80.00 must be submitted with the application. This payment must be in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. No personal or company checks are accepted.

3. Reference Waiver
A minimum of three reference waivers must be sent to the Board office by a Registered Professional Land Surveyor (RPLS) or Licensed State Land Surveyor (LSLS). The form must be submitted in a sealed envelope with their seal stamped on the back of the envelope.

Reference Waiver Form

4. Approved Courses Checklist
This form must be accompanied by course descriptions for each course from your collegiate catalog; not required if applying under section 1071.253 (1) All courses must be conferred by an official transcript.

Checklist Document

5. Transcripts
The applicant must submit certified college transcripts and any certificates of completion from other seminars/courses taken. Only transcripts in sealed envelopes from the collegiate institution will be accepted as ‘certified’.

SIT Exam

An applicant that has been approved to take the exam has one year from the time that their application was approved to take the exam before that application expires. If an applicant’s application has expired, they are required to reapply in order to take the exam. Once an applicant has been approved and has taken the exam, they will stay at an approved status indefinitely.

Once an applicant passes the SIT Exam they are immediately certified by the Board. The Board must be notified of this passing grade in order to generate the SIT certificate (please allow approximately one week after notification for generation and shipment of the certificate). The two years internship required by the RPLS application starts on the date that the SIT passes the exam.

NCEES generates and administers the Fundamentals of Surveying Exam (SIT Exam). The exam is computer based, offered at testing centers around the nation, and offered year-round. For more information about the FS exam protocol, please visit NCEES.org. All applicants are required to register with NCEES and pay the exam fee before the Board can approve the individual to sit for the exam. Once the applicant has completed these activities, they will receive an email from NCEES inviting them to select an exam time and location.

Once an applicant takes the exam, they and the Board, will be notified of their results. If an applicant wants to retake it, they will need to file a Request for Authorization Form with the Board before they will be approved to schedule another exam slot. This form must be completed and submitted every time an applicant would like to take the exam. The form can be emailed (licensing@pels.texas.gov), faxed (512-440-7723), or mailed to the board office.

Request for Authorization to Retake the Exam

An applicant is allowed to take the SIT Exam three (3) times before they are required to wait for a period of one (1) year. After the waiting period passes the applicant has three more chances to pass the exam. There is no limit to the amount of attempts an applicant has to pass the SIT Exam and become certified.

Once you have passed the SIT Exam, you will be issued a certificate and will need to submit the RPLS Designation Form to the Board (the form below, along with your certificate, will be in the packet mailed to you).

Continuing Education

As a condition for maintaining a Surveyor-In-Training (SIT) certificate during the eight-year period of working towards completion of registration, the certificate holder must complete professional education activities.

Professional education activities include successful completion of courses in areas supporting development of skill and competence in professional land surveying and other continuing education activities which are approved by the Board.

At the end of the eight year period if the certificate holder has not successfully completed registration but wishes to maintain the SIT certification, the Board will require written proof of completion of at least 32 hours of acceptable continuing education during the eight year period as set out in subsection (b) of this section. The certificate can then be renewed on a yearly basis. As a condition for renewal of a SIT certificate, the Board shall require a certificate holder to successfully complete eight hours of continuing professional education courses per year and compliance with Chapter 665 of this title (relating to Continuing Education).

Transfer from Another State

By statute Texas will recognize the certification of any individual certified as an SIT by any state, if the certification is current. SIT certifications are valid for eight (8) years in Texas before needing to be renewed. If you are an SIT certified by another state and would like to transfer your certification to Texas, you will need to complete and submit the Request for Duplicate Certificate Form accompanied by a NCEES License Verification. At the time that the application is received and approved by the Board, a packet containing your certificate will be mailed to you.

Request for Duplicate Certificate (no cost) NCEES License Verification

Renewal

A SIT certification is valid for eight (8) years. However, a SIT is permitted to extend their certification on a year-to-year basis. In order to extend a SIT certification an individual must apply to be extended and have completed 32 hours of Board approved course work or Board approved continuing education credits. The requirement reduces to the completion of eight (8) hours for each subsequent year of extension. If an individual’s certification expires they will be required to reapply for and take the Fundamentals of Surveying Exam (SIT Exam) and restart the two year required internship with a designated RPLS.

RPLS Designation Form SIT Renewal Form