Surveying in Training (SIT) Application Process

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General Information About the SIT Exam

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

Applying to Take the Exam

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

2. The application fee of $128.69 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 Form (3 minimum; must be sent to the Board office by professional that completed the form in a sealed envelope with their seal stamped on the back of the envelope)

4. Character, Reputation and Fitness Form

5. Approved Courses Checklist (must be accompanied by course descriptions for each course from your collegiate catalog; not required if applying under section 1071.253 (1)

6. 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’.

 

Each form contains instruction on how it should be completed. Please contact Natalie Jackson at the Board office if you should need any assistance.

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 regards to an application, the applicant will be mailed 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. 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 is notified of the results of their exam and will generate a certificate of certification for the SIT (please allow two to three weeks 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.

Applying to Retake the Exam

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 (natalie.jackson@txls.texas.gov), faxed (512.239.5253) or mailed to the Board office.

                 Request for Authorization

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.

Passing the SIT Exam

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).

               Surveyor-in-Training RPLS Designation Form

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.

            Transferring Your SIT Certification from Another State to Texas/ Replacing Your Certificate

By statute Texas will recognize the certification of any individual certified as a 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 a SIT certified by another state and would like to transfer your certification to Texas, you will  need to complete the form below and submit it accompanied by a License Verification (click the link to visit the License Verification page and submit a verification to the Texas Board). At the time that the application is received and approved by the Board, a packet containing your certificate will be mailed to you.

The form linked bellow can also be used to replace a damaged or lost wall certificate. Please allow two to three weeks for generation and shipment.

                SIT Certification Application

Statewide Goal

The priority goal will be to ensure that Texas consumers are effectively and efficiently served by high quality professionals and businesses by setting clear standards, maintaining compliance and seeking market-based solutions.

The Mission

The mission of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying is to protect the residents of Texas by regulating, licensing and renewing the licenses of only competent surveyors; surveyors able to provide accurate surveys which will result in the orderly use of our physical environment.

The Philosophy

The Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying will license only competent surveyors and will regulate the practice of surveying. We will manage our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible with a commitment to excellence.