Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing


Exams - Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors


Fundamentals of Surveying Exam (AKA FS or LIST)


Beginning in January 2014, the Fundaments of Surveying (FS) exam will be offered solely on computer. The traditional pencil-and-paper exam will be retired. All examinees will complete their exams at a PearsonVUE testing center.

Read through the frequently asked questions to learn more about the transition.

Eligibility Requirements 

An applicant may qualify if the applicant: 

  1. Has been graduated from a college or university on completion of at least a 4-year curriculum in land surveying that the Board approves; or
  2. Has been graduated upon completion of at least a 4-year curriculum that is accredited by, or is a constituent unit of an institution accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools or the equivalent regional accrediting association of other regional areas; or
  3. Is a high school graduate or the equivalent and has at least 4 years of experience in land surveying that is satisfactory to the Board and that indicates that the applicant may be competent to practice land surveying.

How to Apply

First-time Candidates

First-time applicants can download an application from the Online Forms Page. First-time applicants must have an original transcript, if applicable, sent directly from the school to the State Board, and it must be received by the deadline. Postmarks are not acceptable. 

The Board will notify you in writing whether or not you are approved to sit for the exam. If approved, you will receive instructions on how to register with NCEES' Examination Management System and pay the exam fee. 

Re-exam Candidates

After receiving initial approval to take the FS exam, you will schedule your exam times directly with NCEES

Study Materials 

Information about study materials for the Fundamentals of Surveying exam can be viewed at NCEES

Special Accommodations 

The Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act in accommodating examination candidates with special needs.

Requests for special testing accommodations can be made when registering with NCEES. For more information, visit the Special Accommodations section on the NCEES webpage.