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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the CFedS certification program?

Registered/licensed land surveyors in good standing and pre-registered/pre-licensed land surveyors. Pre-registered/pre-licensed land surveyors will not become certified until they become registered/licensed in at least one State, territory, or the District of Columbia.

Will certification allow me to work in States where I am not presently registered?

No. This is not a licensing program. You must have a current license for the State in which you are working. The CFedS certification is intended to be a significant addition to the resume and credentials of the Registered Professional Land Surveyor and Tribal Surveyor. Upon completion of the program, the surveyor’s name will be placed on the CFedS Roster. Individuals, Tribes and the BIA will be encouraged to select surveyors from the CFedS Roster when contracting for cadastral services on or adjacent to Federal lands including Indian Country.

How do I become certified and what does it cost?

Qualified applicants must register and complete our intensive, seven-course training program (equivalent to a four-credit college course, approximately 160 hrs.) and pass the Certification Examination within two years and/or three attempts at the exam, whichever comes first. The initial training, examination, and certification cost is $1,500.00, non-refundable and non-transferable. All CFedS training is available online and may be completed at the registrant’s discretion; alternately, our guided 20-week session is available for no additional charge. Guided session enrollment opens roughly six months ahead of each Certification Examination.

When ready, how do I schedule the examination?

Upon completion of course seven, program registrants are given the opportunity to commit to one of three annual CFedS examinations, generally offered the first Friday of February, June and October.

No less than 30 days prior to a scheduled examination, applicants may submit an exam setup request, requiring confirmation of their chosen proctor and acceptance of CFedS calculator policy.

See our exam setup overview for more information.

Still have questions?

Additional answers to FAQs can be found here. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the form above. We appreciate your interest in CFedS.