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Congratulations to the June 2019 CFedS

Congratulations!

  • 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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CFedS Program Announces Changes to the Exam Schedule and Policy

A number of issues have come up that have revealed some irregularities in our testing policy for CFedS candidates. The CFedS Panel has reviewed proposed changes in the study and examination policy that will impact everyone that is currently in the CFedS training program.

The CFedS Panel has approved the following changes in the policy. These changes take effect June 1, 2010. A discussion of this follows.

Policy Changes

All persons entering the Program will have three attempts at the CFedS Examination, the cost of which is included in their original tuition. They are also granted 2 years to take and complete the examination, counting from their “start date” (shown on your profile under CFedS tab) rounded forward to the nearest test date. This will result in a simple policy: You have two years or three attempts at the examination, whichever comes first. This means you cannot wait until the two years are almost up to take your first exam, unless you believe you will pass it on the first attempt. It also means you will not be penalized for taking your first exam early in the 2 years and then waiting many months to re-take it.

This eliminates the policy that required you to petition the Panel for a third exam, and the paying of a $200 fee. For those who have recently paid the fee but have not yet sat for the 3rd exam, your fee will be refunded. There will be no further opportunities to retake an exam after the third attempt or the two years have passed. You will have to re-apply into the Program and pay the then-current tuition; basically starting over.

Several persons were caught in a situation where their “required exam date” date was either confused or they were never informed of it or its consequences. In the interest of promoting the Program fairly, and offering those persons an opportunity to continue with their CFedS efforts, the Panel has approved a final cut-off date of the June 3, 2011, Examination for all candidates in this situation.

Essentially, the chance to pick up your training and attempt the exam (not to exceed three attempts total since you first registered) is being offered to all persons in the Program whose “Final Exam Date” on their CFedS profile is currently before June 3, 2011. Candidates in the latter category will see their Final Exam Date adjusted accordingly.

We feel these changes will clarify the Program’s study and exam schedule policies and offer some opportunity for those caught in the confusing information of the past to continue and complete their CFedS training and certification.

If you have any questions, please contact Roger Green at roger_green@blm.gov or 602-906-5567.

Added: Monday, May 31, 2010

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