Congratulations to the June 2019 CFedS


  • Eric Ansart
  • William Bradley
  • Paul Fridley
  • Julia Keilman
  • Richard Mulliken
  • James Nordlund
  • Peter Paulus
  • Quentin Schukar
  • Robin Suber
  • David Ulrey

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2019 APLS Conference - Private-Federal Boundary Determination

For those CFedS who attended the Arizona (APLS) 2019 Convention CFedS Workshop: Private-Federal Boundary Determination – Scottsdale, Arizona May 9, 2019, you can download the workshop handout by selecting the link below.

You will receive a total of 2 CFedS Continuing Education Credits upon successfully passing the quiz.

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Washington DC Chief Cadastral Surveyor Announced

The BLM is happy to announce that Dominica Van Koten has been selected as the new permanent Washington DC Chief Cadastral Surveyor. Dominica has spent the last 11 years as the BLM Eastern States Office, Chief Cadastral Surveyor.

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October Exam Results

The results from the October 3, 2008 examination are in and we are excited. Of the 39 people who took the exam (or parts of it), 25 of them are now Certified Federal Surveyors! Congratulations! Eight trainees took all three parts for the first time and 50% of them passed the entire exam.

In May, we added the “20 Week Method”, which is a new approach to the training. The 20 Week Method divides the material into 2-week sections; with a conference call between each section. Of the “20 Week Method” trainees that took the exam 71% passed. Of the other trainees that took the exam for the first time 30% passed the exam. So it seems that the “20 Week Method” significantly increases your chance on passing the exam. See 20 Week Method for more information.

As I’ve stated, the exam is divided into three units. Here are the results for each unit:

  • 18 people took Unit #1, 94% passed
  • 37 people took Unit #2, 65% passed
  • 18 people took Unit #3, 78% passed
In the last 3 exams, the passing rate for Unit #2 has been about 40%, so the increase of 65% is great! This is nearly back up to the passing rate of the first 2 groups. It looks like everyone is studying very hard.

Some of the trainees were retaking a failed unit; of the 22 units taken 15 were successfully passed (68%). Good job!

Here are a few post exam comments from our students:

  • “Overall I thought the test was very fair and reasonable. I wished I had
  • been able to take this course 20 years ago as a much younger person who
    was seeking a state surveying license.”
  • “What an effort. After 20 or so weeks of studying it felt weird to have a
  • free weekend last week. My brain hurt after the exam, but I am thrilled
    I made it.”
We know the examination is difficult and that you have to work hard at passing it. We are proud of all of you!

Added: Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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