Iowa Land Surveyor License

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Licensing requirements for Iowa land surveyor firms.

This page provides an overview of land surveying licensing in Iowa for firms. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Before applying, firms should ensure that the licensed individual to be appointed agent in charge has the necessary licenses. Firms should also gather proof of incorporation, or foreign qualification for out-of-state firms, in anticipation of application requirements.

Company Licenses

Iowa Land Surveying Company Licenses

Iowa Land Surveying License

Not required



Firm licenses are not currently required, however, individual surveyors should register with the Bureau of Professional Licensing.

More information: Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau: Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board

Individual Licenses

Iowa Individual Land Surveying Licenses

Iowa Land Surveyor License

Agency:Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau: Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board

Exam Application
Principles and Practice of Land Surveying Exam

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$100

Initial Registration

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$100 license fee prorated at 6-month intervals.

Notes:

After completing the necessary exams, applicants can apply for a license.

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Biennially by December 31. Certificates issued in even-numbered years expire in odd-numbered years; those issued in odd-numbered years expire in even-numbered years.

Design Firm - Surveyor firm registration is sometimes grouped with engineering and architecture on a single “design firm” application form.

Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) - An exam for recent graduates that tests on basic surveying principles.

Principles of Surveying (PS) - An exam that tests for competency of surveying skills.

Reciprocity - When a licensed surveyor in on state can provide documentation (often an NCEES Record) to more easily apply for a license in another jurisdiction.

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Accrediting board that sets standards for university programs in a variety of applied science disciplines.

National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES)
Develops, administers, and scores the exams used for engineering licenses.

National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS)
Advocacy group for professional surveyors in the United States.

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