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Qualifications Your Residential Property Surveyor Should Have

Residential property surveying defines the boundary and property lines on a plot of land. These surveys are important for several occasions. For example, if you’re purchasing a new home or property or when you’re planning an addition you should strongly consider a property survey. It is important to have a residential property survey to avoid any restrictions that may interfere with others’ land boundaries and to minimize legal issues or property disputes in the future. In order to verify the extent to which your project can be built, it is critical that you look for specific qualifications in your residential property surveyor.  

Residential Property Surveyor Qualifications and Certifications: 

ABET Accredited Bachelor’s Degree Program 

An ABET-accreditation means colleges and university’s hold recognized standards in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. A Professional Licensed Surveyor (PLS) must have an accredited degree to begin working in the field. This guarantees their understanding of surveying standards, safety, and efficiency. 

Training Under Licensed Surveyor 

Your residential PLS should be well trained in the practice. Common training usually includes four years under a PLS after obtaining the ABET-accredited degree. During training, a Land Surveyor in Training (LSIT) acquires important skills in communication, problem-solving, time management, visualization, and being detail-oriented.   

NCEES Surveyor License  

To begin working as a PLS, each state requires a license before they can certify legal documents. The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) holds surveying exams that must be passed to obtain a license after the required education and experience have been met. Continuing education programs are also available for PLS’ to maintain their license.  

NSPS Certification 

While not required, but extremely valuable, surveyors can obtain certifications through the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). These certification programs offer licensed surveyors opportunity for continued education, professional development, and career advancement.  

Whether you are a new home buyer, or looking to build and addition to your home, you will want to hire the best residential property surveyor to confirm your property lines. Before you hire, verify that your potential surveyor has the required qualifications to do the job. This not only helps avoid any legal issues or neighbor disputes but ensures your property survey is done accurately and efficiently. At WLC, we only hire the best surveyors. Contact us today for a surveyor or visit our website to learn more about surveying.