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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?

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 of your registration date. All CFedS training is available online and may be completed at your discretion; alternately, registrants may opt to join a guided 20-week session for no additional charge. Guided session enrollment opens roughly six months ahead of each Certification Examination (offered in February, June and October each year).

Where can I register and pay for the program?

Qualified applicants may register at any time via this website and begin work on course one immediately. All application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. The initial fees cover the cost of the training courses, testing (not including your proctor), and educational support. The initial training, examination, and CFedS Certification cost is $1,500.00. This fee allows you two years or three attempts at the examination.

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