Self and Home Study
All home studies can be purchased through the State of Texas Licensing System portal or by mailing a check, money order or cashier’s check, made payable to Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying, to the Board’s office. Please include the Home Study Course Registration Form filled with your check or money order stating which class you wish to take. All registrants are required to have 12 hours for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to renew their license. Three of the units must be over the Rules or in ethics. These must be taken every year and cannot be carried over from any previous year. You are able to carry over up to eight units from the previous year.
Self Study Guidelines
Self-directed study can be described as “a process in which individuals take the initiative, with or without the help of others to diagnose their learning needs, formulate learning goals, identify resources for learning, select and implement learning strategies and evaluate learning outcomes”. Self-directed study allows the individual to control not only what is studied, but also the instructional method that will be used.
The Board allows four (4) hours of self-directed study in a topic related to the practice of surveying. If you have utilized self-directed study to meet part of your required 12 hours necessary for registration renewal, please document the amount of self-directed study in writing including:
- the date(s) of study,
- the number of hours claimed,
- your topic goals,
- the resources used, and
- a short summary of the outcome of your study.
You may complete the Self-directed Study form or create your own form to provide to the Board in the event of a Continuing Education audit.
Examples of acceptable sources for self-directed study include:
- Surveying or technical text books used in university or college surveying curriculum
- Boundary law court cases (such as the court cases outlined in the Candidate Guide or found on the TBPLS website under boundary law legal principles)
- Ethics courses
- Project management or business management materials
- Professional Surveying Practices Act and TBPLS Rules
- Peer-reviewed published professional/technical papers such as the ACSM Journal, Surveying and Land Information Science, Cartography, and Geographic Information Science
Examples of unacceptable sources for self-directed study would include:
- Magazines such as P.O.B., Professional Surveyor, GPS World, or The Texas Surveyor.
Published articles can count as CEUs when peer-reviewed. If your article is published in a journal approved by the Board, it is already determined to be peer-reviewed. If your article is published in a non-approved magazine or serial, you must submit to the Board, with your article, signed statements that the article was reviewed by at least three other professional surveyors. Without these statements, the article will not be given credit as a CEU. Please contact the Board office if you should have any questions about this process.
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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 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.